Tips: How to create a PDF of a webpage for offline reading in iOS 11

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Though there are certainly alternatives like Pocket, often the simplest way of saving a single page of a webpage for later reading on an iPhone or iPad -- especially if you want to annotate it -- is saving it as a PDF.




In Apple's Safari browser, the first step is to navigate to the page you want, then find the Share button. This is a square icon with an arrow, and will be located at the bottom or the top of the app, depending on your device and its orientation.

Tapping the button opens up the iOS share sheet. On the bottom row, swipe until you find the "Create PDF" option.




If you like, you can then make simple sketches and highlights using iOS's markup tools, which are the same ones that pop up when saving a screenshot. Here, however, you will have to tap the pen icon in the upper-right to get started. Once you're finished, or if you have no changes to make, you can hit "Done" to move on.

Select "Save File To...", and you should see a list of possible destinations, including cloud services like Google Drive and iCloud Drive, and/or subfolders where relevant. If you go the cloud route, you may have to take extra steps -- in Google Drive, for instance, you'll have to open that app and specifically designate a PDF as accessible offline. To view a file you'll need to load an appropriate app -- often dictated by the destination.


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  • Reply 1 of 6
    fred1fred1 Posts: 246member
    It’s exactly the same with the scan feature in Notes. I love using this for pages I need for my research. Just open a new note, tap on the + with a circle around it and choose the scan option. It’ll scan up to 20 pages, then you can convert them to a .pdf file and send it and/or save it.
    Great stuff!
  • Reply 2 of 6
    dewmedewme Posts: 1,327member
    Saving a web page to a PDF file is especially useful when the web page supports Reader Mode and the page renders all of the pages of multipage articles into the reader window. Create the PDF from within Reader Mode. At that point the saved PDF is akin to a poor-man's ebook. Very useful.   
    edited January 17
  • Reply 3 of 6
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 1,425member
    Though there are certainly alternatives like Pocket, often the simplest way of saving a single page of a webpage for later reading on an iPhone or iPad -- especially if you want to annotate it -- is saving it as a PDF.

    Uh, isn't the simplest way to just save it to your Reading List with Automatically Save Offline enabled? 

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200294


  • Reply 4 of 6
    Though there are certainly alternatives like Pocket, often the simplest way of saving a single page of a webpage for later reading on an iPhone or iPad -- especially if you want to annotate it -- is saving it as a PDF.

    Uh, isn't the simplest way to just save it to your Reading List with Automatically Save Offline enabled? 

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200294


    Not if you want to annotate
  • Reply 5 of 6

    Is there anyway to rename a document that has been scanned in Notes? I seem to only get the option to save it as "Scanned Document" to iCloud and have to rename it later.

    It's a bit of a pain when scanning multiple documents.

  • Reply 6 of 6
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 1,425member
    Though there are certainly alternatives like Pocket, often the simplest way of saving a single page of a webpage for later reading on an iPhone or iPad -- especially if you want to annotate it -- is saving it as a PDF.

    Uh, isn't the simplest way to just save it to your Reading List with Automatically Save Offline enabled? 

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200294


    Not if you want to annotate
    Hmm, yeah it's kinda confusing because the title is about offline reading, but the content is more focused on marking up a PDF. ¯\(°_o)/¯ 
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