Save Web Page and Read It Later on iPhone

March 11, 2010 — by Simon Ng1



Save Web Page and Read It Later on iPhone

March 11, 2010 — by Simon Ng1

How many times you come across a web page and you do not have time to read it in front of computer? If you are looking for an app that lets you save a web page and read it on iPhone while you’re on-the-go. Remember to check the “Read It Later” app.

Basically, this app allows you to bookmark & save any web pages you find interesting and read later on your iPhone even without internet connection.

Read It Later service is completely free. But when you download the app to your iPhone the first thing you will have to do is setup an account with “Read it Later”. Choosing a user name and password is all that is required.

The service offers various bookmarklets (i.e. a kind of javascript) to save web page. You can set this app up with your computer’s web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer) so that you can bookmark those pages to read later on your iPhone. You can also add bookmarklet on the mobile Safari browser. Simply follow the on-screen instructions to set it up. It may be a bit tricky if this is the first time you configure bookmarklet on iPhone. Don’t give up, you’ll figure it out and will be happy you stuck with it.

Once you’re done, it’s ready to save any web pages via the bookmarklet. Later, when you launch “Read It Later” app again, it automatically loads the list of web pages you have just saved. Cool, right? The best is it even pre-loads the web pages and caches it on iPhone. That means, you can read the saved web pages even with internet connection.

Some of the options you have with this iPhone app is the ability to auto download the full web content of the pages to your list, or, just a text only view of a particular page. You can change the scrollbar to be “on or off”, or, on the “left side or right side” of the page. You can also configure “auto download” to happen only when you are connected via Wi-Fi. There are also some housekeeping options that allow you to clear both the downloaded files and cookies.

You can easily tag and search through your reading list for easy filtering if you have a lot of sites that you track. Finally, one really cool extra is the saved position feature. Meaning the application remembers where you left off on every article and provides a “Currently Reading” section that syncs that current article position with your computer when you re-open the article.

I have been using this app for some time and I am a complete convert. I just love this application. The “Read it Later” app for the iPhone comes in two versions: Free [iTunes link] & Pro (US$4.99 USD) [iTunes link]. The Pro version comes with additional features such as full-screen reading, tap to save bookmarklet, screen rotation support, etc.

What do you think of Read It Later app?

Simon Ng

Founder, developer and chief blogger of

  • Na

    that is what I was always thinking to have. Yesa Must cool. thanks