Using “Add to Read List” in Safari iPad App

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Have you discovered the “Add to Read List” function in your new iOS 5 Mobile Safari iPad app yet? It is a bit hidden but it is there, and once you know how to use it it will prove invaluable. Who, after all, set bookmarks that are soon forgotten anymore?

Join us after the break to find out how to use the Add it to Read List feature.

When you stumble over an article that you find interesting and just don’t have the time to read it now, or feel you will need the information later it is simple to save the URL within your Safari Reading List.

  • When on the site you want to save just tap on the “Share” button (rectangle with forward arrow) and hit “Add to Reading List” to do the job.
That’s all there is to it! BUT where did it go and how do you find it again? That was my problem, it just seemed to disappear! Well I am going to tell you how to retrieve that hidden bookmark…


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  • Tap on your Bookmark icon (you know, the one that looks like a book)
  • If you are like me all I would see is the list of bookmarks I keep in my Bookmark Bar! … so tap on the Bookmarks button that is in the extreme left-hand corner of the box… that will take you to ALL your bookmarks, including any you allowed the app to import from your other browsers.
  • See the pair of glasses and Reading List? It should be right at the top of the list.
  • Tap on that and it will take you to the your Reading List, divided into All and Unread.
Wondering what the + sign is in the top right corner of the box? If you tap on it it adds your current page to the list, so it is just another way to populate the list with sites.
When you finish reading an article and no longer need it a quick left-swipe (like you use in your mail program) will uncover a red delete button.


Check out more about the Safari Reading List at the 1:08 mark of Apple’s WWDC 2011 video:



WHAT do you do if your bookmarks, which is what the Reading List technically is, doesn’t sync from your iPad to your iPhone or vice versa? That is exactly what happened to me!  Some quick research in the Apple Support Communities  provided the easy answer. Open up the Setting icon in both devices – go to iCloud – turn off bookmarks in each. I made sure to tell it to save them to whichever device I was turning them off in, and let that device finish. Then I simply turned Bookmarks back on in each, allowing them to “Merge” with iCloud. Voila! I can now see my Safari bookmarks on both my iPad and iPhone!


Will the Safari Reading List take the place of SpringPad, Instapaper or Evernote? NO, because while it gives you the URL and a short description so that you know what you have saved it does not save the entire article so you cannot read it offline, as it has to take you back to the referenced website to retrieve the information. I find it useful for short-term memory; things I know I won’t need for long-term but want to be able to get back to easily in the next day or so.


So get in the habit of using the Mobile Safari Reading List! It will make your life infinitely easier! Who has time to remember all that stuff anyway?

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p.s. So what are YOU using Safari’s Reading List for???

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12 Responses to “Using “Add to Read List” in Safari iPad App”

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  5. Just discovered this neat app for iPads. It's Reading List for Safari. This page shows you how to save and find.

  6. Tana Gacke says:

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  8. Robin Friday says:

    I find that I am using Reading List on my MacBook Pro that I use at work to bookmark things for later. But- I tend to prefer to lug my iPad around. So now I have a list of cool read later things on my Pro, but want to read them on my iPad. Any ideas if I can somehow import my Pro reading list to my iPad reading list?



  9. Good Day Robin!

    I did a little digging on this since we don’t use MacBook Pro and found that MacRumors says that to be sure that “iCloud > Bookmarks” is on,
    both on your iOS device and your Mac and that you are using the same iCloud account and you should be able to do what you want.
    It may require you to do a reboot of your devices to get it enabled.

    Hope this helps!

  10. Robin Friday says:

    Hi Maggie,

    Thanks! I’ll give it a shot.



  11. Dani says:

    Just found all the listings in my reading list gone. If i clear all cookies and data , will this affect the reading list?

  12. Wow Dani, you are the first person that has reported that one!
    I wonder if it did it when you cleared the data???
    Sorry I can’t be of more help, perhaps Apple can help… and please,
    let us know what they say! I am VERY curious myself!

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