Your Android smartphone browser makes it easy to bookmark web pages which you might want to read or refer to at a later date. But what about those occasions when you know you will need to read something online, but also know that you won’t have access to a Wi-Fi or Mobile Data connection? Sure, you could spend a load of time cutting and pasting copy from a page to a text document, but why bother when there is a much more elegant solution?
Save Web Pages as a PDF
There are a few different options available to you when you want to save a web page for offline reading. The first we will look at is saving as a PDF file.
This first technique should require no additional apps to be installed, instead taking advantage of the built-in support for PDF’s which is part of the printing options on Android. However, if you are using a older device, with an older version of Android, you may need to install the Cloud Print app.
Open the web page you want to save to read offline later. In this example, we are using the Chrome browser, but the same features are available in almost all third-party browsers as well. In Chrome, tap the menu button in the top-right corner, and from the menu, tap the Print option.
The Print Preview screen will appear, showing you what would be printed (should you choose to do that). In most cases, you can use the check mark buttons on each of the displayed preview pages to select and deselect those you don’t want. With the content you want selected, tap the printer name.
This will display any printers available to send the page to for printing. It will also include the option to “Save as PDF”. Tap this option and the “Print” button will change to a “PDF” button. Tap this and a “Save to” menu will open. You can then choose to save to Google Drive or Downloads. Saving to Google Drive is a good idea, as this means the file will be available on any devices which are linked to your Drive. After a few seconds, the file is saved. The final thing you need to do is open Google Drive, tap the ! button on the file and use the slider to make it “Available Offline”.
You can, of course, choose to save to Downloads. This saves the PDF onto your device straight away (but only the device you download it on). The great thing about saving web pages like this is that everything is kept intact in the document, from text links to images and diagrams.
Save Web Pages to Pocket
Pocket allows you to Save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite. You can download Pocket from the Play Store.
The first thing you will need to do is set up a Pocket account. Open the app and tap the Sign Up button. Choose a username and password, and enter an email address. If you prefer, you can set up your Pocket account on your computer. Head over to getpocket.com and look for “Sign Up”.
To save a webpage to Pocket, open your browser and navigate to the page. Tap the menu button and select Share > Save to Pocket. Open Pocket and view your list. Here you will see any saved pages, including a thumbnail image if the page had any (the main image will be shown).
Tap any item in the list to view it. You can change the display style, including screen brightness and font size, using the buttons at the top of the page. Once you have finished reading the article, you can archive it by tapping the tick button. Alternatively, tap the menu button and delete the article.