Ever find a page full of text but don’t have enough time to read it? Or you find a page with valuable information and want to come back when there’s no internet connection? We’ve all been there. Turns out, there’s a very easy method that can save you the trouble of having to bookmark a site or search it up again. Here’s how.
There are several ways to save/download webpages within a browser for viewing later, but many require installing an outside application. If Chrome is your go-to browser and you want to save a page for viewing offline, there’s a very easy and efficient way to do so.
Now I know this may not be the only way, but it is the simplest way. It doesn’t take long and gets the job done every time. Unlike some apps that fail to export the images on the webpage, the method that I’m going to show you includes them. This works with both Android and iOS versions of the Chrome app.
The first step in saving a webpage is heading to the URL you’d like to save to view later. In the top left corner of your device’s screen, you’ll see three dots placed on top of one another. When you tap this, a menu will appear. About midway through the list you’ll see an option that reads Print. Hit that button.
The next step will vary a bit depending on the device you’re using but will display the same result. You should see the webpage you were on come up in a tidy format organized into pages. Things may look a bit different from the layout they appeared in on the website but that’s okay.
At the top will be your printing options. Instead of searching for a nearby printer, you’ll want to select Save as PDF in the scroll down menu. From there you’ll be able to adjust a few things including color and orientation.
The next step is to select the small icon labeled PDF. It should have an icon of some sort next to it or on top of it meaning download, which may or may not look like an arrow.
When you select this, it should bring up a file explorer or something like it. If you’re on an Android device, you’ll have more options when it comes to where you can save your file because of Android’s open system. Options should include saving it to your downloads, Google Drive, or any other cloud service you have downloaded on your device. For this demo, I’ll save it to the downloads folder on my device.
At the bottom of the page you’ll have the option to name your file. When you’re done naming, choose Save. The menu will then close and put you right back where you started, on the webpage.
To view the file when you have no internet connection, head over to your downloads (or wherever you saved the file). If you’re on Android, you can find this in a dedicated app called Downloads. You can also navigate to your file system in replace, it you prefer to take that route.
Near the top should be the file you saved earlier in the form of a PDF. Tap that and there you go! You can now scroll through the saved webpage in the form of a PDF with pictures, text, and all right there without having to go online. Pretty neat, right?
This won’t count against your data limit, although downloading the file will. Once you’re done with it, simply delete it or put it in the trash so it won’t hog up your device’s space. This process can be repeated as many times as you’d like. Inside the file you can search by tapping the magnifying glass icon. This will help you locate something in the PDF using keywords, just like the control F tool on PCs or command F on Macs. I’ve done it in the image down below.
Once you do this once or twice, you’ll find yourself doing it more often. It’s a simple process that can take under a minute if you really know what you’re doing. And pulling it up when you’re without an internet connection takes just a few short steps.