πŸ₯‡ How do I add or delete items on my Safari reading list on iOS and macOS?

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The internet is full of interesting sites, but we rarely have time for them. Manage your reading list in Safari to keep track of all these posts and read them at a cheaper time.

With Safari’s Reading List, you can quickly save websites to any Apple device for later viewing. It is ideal for storing recipes, blog posts, reviews or news updates. Anything you might find online but don’t have time to read.

However, as with many things, it’s easy to rent your reading list gets out of hand. If a reading list is not managed, it can become bloated and disorganized, filled with articles that you have already read or that are no longer interested in reading.

But unfortunately not everything is lost! Read below to learn how to manage your reading list and automatically sync across all of your Apple devices.

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How to display your reading list

On iOS

To view your reading list on an iPhone or iPad, start Safari and tap the Bookmark button, which looks like an open book.

View your reading list by tapping the reading glasses icon at the top of the screen.

Two screenshots of an iPhone navigating to the reading list

On macOS

To view your reading list on a Mac, launch Safari and open the sidebar by clicking the sidebar button or using the shortcut cmd + shift + L,

Then display your reading list by clicking on the reading glasses icon.

Screenshot of Safari in macOS that navigates to the reading list

How to edit your reading list

1) Save the pages in your reading list

On iOS

Load the web page you want to save in Safari. Tap the Share button and choose Add to Reading List.

Two iPhone screenshots show how items are saved in the reading list

On macOS

Load the appropriate page into Safari and add this page to your reading list using one of the following methods:

  • Click the “Share” button and select “Add to Reading List”
  • Hover over the Safari Smart Search box and click the plus sign that appears
  • Use the shortcut cmd + shift + D
  • Or, Shift-click any link to save The Reading list page

Screenshot of the Safari share menu

2) Delete pages from your reading list

On iOS

Open your reading list, swipe left on the item you want to delete, and then tap Delete. Alternatively, tap Edit and select multiple pages that you want to remove from your reading list at the same time.

On macOS

Open your reading list and Control-click the item you want to delete. Then click Remove Item.

Alternatively, you can click Delete All Items to delete all items from your reading list at once.

Screenshot of macOS with the Delete all items ... button selected

3) Mark as read or unread in your reading list

Items in your reading list are automatically marked as read after you view them.

With this action you can simplify your reading list by displaying only the unread elements at any time.

However, sometimes you may want to manually mark web pages as “Read” or “Unread”, which you can do using the following methods.

On iOS

Open your reading list and slide your finger to the right over an object. Depending on the current status of the item, tap Mark as read or Mark as unread.

Screenshot of the iOS reading list, marked as unread

On macOS

Open your reading list and click on an element while holding down the Ctrl key. Depending on the current status of the item, click Mark as read or Mark as unread.

Screenshot of the macOS reading list with highlighting Mark as unread

How to save pages for offline viewing

A great feature of the Safari Reading List is the ability to save web pages for offline viewing.

In this way, you can track your measurement results without an internet connection or without using valuable mobile data.

On iOS

Open your reading list, slide your finger left over an item, and then tap Save Offline. Alternatively, tap Edit and select multiple pages to save them offline at the same time.

If an item is already saved, you can select the “Don’t save” option to remove the download.

Automatically save your entire reading list for offline viewing at Settings> Safari,

Scroll down and turn on Save automatically offline under the heading reading list.

On macOS

Open your reading list, Control-click an item, and then click Save Offline. If an item is already saved, you can select the “Don’t save” option to remove the download.

Automatically save your entire reading list for offline viewing by going to Settings in Safari.

On the “Advanced” tab, select the “Automatically save articles for offline reading” check box.

How to synchronize your reading list across devices

Your Safari reading list can be synced with iCloud and the same Apple ID on all Apple devices.

This means that any changes you make on your iPhone – adding objects, removing objects, or marking objects as read – are automatically mirrored on your Mac, or vice versa.

Apple iCloud logo

Follow the steps below to ensure that Safari syncing is enabled for iCloud.

On iOS

  • Open the Settings app and tap your name at the top.
  • Then go to the iCloud page and activate Safari in the list.

On macOS

  • Open the “System Preferences” app and click on “iCloud”.
  • Make sure the box next to Safari is checked.

What happens if your reading list is not synchronized?

Some users have noticed that their reading list is not syncing across all Apple devices.

If this happens to you, try the following tips:

  • Turn off Safari in the iCloud menu, wait 30 seconds, and turn it on again
  • Make sure all your devices are signed in to the same Apple ID account
  • Open your reading list and tap All instead of Unread to see all the items
  • Turn your devices off and on again
  • Sign out of iCloud and sign back in on every device after 30 seconds
  • Visit this page on the Apple website for more advice

That should give you everything you need to get the most out of Safari’s reading list. Let us know in the comments which websites you want to use it for!

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