Google Chrome requires no introduction. It is dominating the browser category where it is competing with popular browsers like Safari, Firefox, and Edge, as well as its own mobile version. Google is always secretly adding new goodies to the Chrome Browser in order to maintain its spot as one of the best browsers. The latest feature in Google Chrome is the Read Later feature available on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS Devices. Here we are going to share the guide on how to use Google Chrome’s Read Later feature on iOS and Mac.
Yes, Google has officially brought the long-awaited Read Later feature to the latest version of Chrome for macOS. The feature works a lot like Apple’s Reading List feature in Safari, there’s a new “Read Later” icon that appears on the share sheet in Chrome, which saves articles locally on the device to read later, even without an internet connection.
Google has been testing the new Read Later feature that lets users save articles and other web pages to read them later. These saved links appear in a new “Read Later” section of Chrome’s Bookmarks menu but aren’t permanently saved like regular bookmarks.
Just like Safari on iOS, Chrome has recently added a Read Later feature to bookmark interesting articles for reading in your free time. Here’s a complete guide on how to enable Read Later on iPhone and Mac.
How to use Chrome’s Read Later feature on iOS
As you know the Read Later is also available for iPhones. So, if you own an iPhone, you get to experience this amazing new feature. It will help you save valuable time while keep yourself updated to the latest articles from your favorite blogs.
Note: You will need to download Chrome Browser from the App Store to use this feature.
- Open the Google Chrome browser on your iPhone.
- Open any webpage/article from your favorite blog that you want to save for later reading.
- Once you are on the preferred webpage, tap on the Share button in the Chrome browser.
- Now from the menu, tap on the Read Later button with a Google Chrome logo.
- Then webpage will be available in the Read Later section.
How to access Webpages in the Reading List
You have added webpages in the Reading List but now what? If you don’t know how to access webpages on which you saved in the Reading List. Then you can follow the simple steps given below.
- I assume you are still in the Google Chrome browser, if not open the browser on your device.
- Tap the Menu Button (Three Vertical Dots) on the upper right corner.
- Tap on Read Later.
Then, a pop-up window will appear with all the articles you saved in Reading List. Choose the one you want, and the green checkmark icon on the articles means that they can now be read offline.
When offline, Chrome displays the page in a more text-friendly format but displays the entire page when connected to Wi-Fi. So, no matter if you are connected to the internet or not, you will have the article to read on your device.
How to use Google Chrome’s Read Later on iPadOS
Both iOS and iPadOS mostly operate similarly including browsers. So, if you have an iPad and want to enjoy the Read Later feature, then you can follow the same procedure as iOS. It should a better experience reading on iPads.
If you don’t see the new feature yet, check for an update for Google Chrome in the App Store.
How to use Read Later Feature on a Mac
Read Later is already available as a default feature on iOS. However, the feature is still under testing phase on Mac, it is difficult to find it on macOS as it is hidden. If you’re using Google Chrome V88 or V89 then you can try it on Mac by turning on an experimental flag in the stable version of Chrome. But the experimental feature is only for users who are aware of it as some experiments can break your browser. By default, the feature is not available but you can enable it with a few simple steps.
Reading List aka Read Later feature is enabled by default on Google Chrome version 90 or newer. I recommend you to update your browser, if you’re using the older version then you can follow below steps.
Steps to enable Read Later on Mac
- Open the latest Chrome browser on your phone
- Now in the address bar, type chrome://flags/
- In the search bar, type Read Later
- It will show the Read Later option, click on the drop-down and choose Enable
- Now relaunch your chrome browser to enjoy the feature
After a relaunch, you’ll find the Reading List feature from the bookmark bar. As a note, you’ll have to enable Reading List on each device you want to access the list from. But once it is activated, the list synchronizes where ever you are logged into Google Chrome.
There is already a reading list function in the iOS, iPadOS, and Android versions of Chrome. So it’s strange that the version for Windows and macOS is behind in this regard. Now let’s take a look at how you can save articles to read later on Mac.
- Open the Google Chrome browser on your Mac.
- Head over to the webpage that you want to save for later reading.
- Now click on the star icon listed on the right side of the address bar.
- The pop-up will appear with two options, you can click on Add to reading list for read later.
- That’s it.
Articles saved to the Reading List are accessible through bookmark section. However, locally saved articles are only available to that specific device. Still, it’s a nice addition to the app, that helps Google maintain feature parity with Apple’s own Safari browser.
Google had added a similar feature to Chrome for Android in December, although it worked differently than the iOS version. The Android version allows users to download pages through an arrow icon in the menu, but treats saved pages like any other downloaded file, compared to the iOS version which marks things as “read it later.”
In case you want to disable the reading list feature, then make sure to check this guide.
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