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4 Ways To Delete Safari Reading List on iPhone, iPad and Mac

Delete Safari Reading List

Safari’s Reading List lets you quickly and easily save those web pages on any Apple device as Reading list entries for viewing later. It’s a brilliant feature for storing recipes, blog posts, download links, reviews, or news updates as Safari data.

Anything that you would possibly discover online. However, does not have time to read them right away, so you may want to delete Safari Reading list. 

However, as with many things, your Reading List might get out of hand. If you do not manage your Reading List, it can get heaped up and turn out to be disorganized, packed with articles you’ve already gone through, or no longer have any need or interest in reading.

Please read below to discover ways to automatically manage your Reading List and Safari sync it through all of your Apple gadgets with your Apple ID or iCloud account.

Down Below are the steps to clear and delete Safari Reading List on your specific iOS device:

  1. Steps to Remove Items from the Safari Reading List in iOS
  2. Steps to Clear the Safari’s Reading List on iPhone
  3. Steps to Remove Items from the Safari Reading For iPad
  4. Steps to Remove Items from the Safari Reading List for Mac
  5. Steps to completely clear Safari’s Reading List on Mac

1. Steps to Remove Items from the Safari Reading List in iOS

For iPhone, the steps are given below:

1. Guide yourself to the Safari app.

2. Now click on the Safari Bookmarks option at the bottom of the interface, which has the open book icon.

location of the bookmark icon

3. Once the bookmarks icon tab opens, you will notice all the three tabs at the top of the window: The Bookmarks tab (open book icon), The Reading List tab (Spectacles icon), and The History tab (clock icon). Look at the screenshot below to understand better:

location of the reading list

4. Tap on the Reading List(with the spectacles icon) tab in the middle.

how the reading list window looks like

5. Now, you may go through all the web pages and choose the one you wish to remove

6. You may swipe left on the tab to remove the web page, and a red delete button will appear. 

7. Click the red delete button, and your web page will be removed.

2. Steps to Clear the Safari entire Reading List on iPhone

1. Guide yourself to the Safari app

2. Now click on the Bookmarks option at the bottom of the interface of the start page, which has the open book icon.

location of the bookmark icon

3. Tap on the Reading List(with the spectacles icon) tab in the middle.

location of the reading list

4. Now, click on the Edit option at the bottom right corner of the iPhone screen.

5. By doing so, a blank circle will appear on the left of all the web pages on your reading list.

6. Now, you may tap on the circles of those web pages you want to remove.

7. Once you have ticked the circles, now you may tap the delete button at the bottom left corner of the screen.

8. Click on the Done option at the bottom right corner of the screen to finish off.

3. Steps to Remove Items from the Safari Reading For iPad

1. Guide yourself to the Safari app on your iPad

how the homepage of safari looks like

2. At the top left corner of the top menu bar on the Safari window, you will notice a square icon that looks like a notepad or a window. Click on that icon.

3. An extra tab will appear on the left side of your Safari window.

4. You will notice many options, one being the show Reading List sidebar with the spectacles icon.

location of the left menu bar

5. Click on that option, and the Reading List tab will open

6. You may swipe left on the tab to remove the web page, and a red delete button will appear. 

7. Click the red delete button, and your web page will be removed.

4. Steps to Remove Items from the Safari Reading List for MacOS

1. Guide yourself to the Safari app on your Mac and open the home screen of Safari.

how the safari home screen looks like

2. Tap on the Sidebar icon in the Safari taskbar.

location of the reading list option

3. When the sidebar opens, you may click on the Reading List option (with the spectacles icon) at the top of the sidebar, or you may use the shortcut keys cmd+shift+L.

location of all the reading list websites

4. Using a trackpad, you may swipe left on the web pages you want to remove using two fingers.

5. Alternatively, you may also right-click ( Ctrl-click) on those web pages and then select the Remove Item option from the drop-down menu that appears on the screen.

location of the remove item option

5. Steps to completely clear Safari Reading List on MacOS

1. Guide yourself to the Safari app on your Mac

how the safari home screen looks like

2. Tap on the Sidebar icon in the Safari taskbar.

location of the reading list option

3. When the sidebar opens, you may click on the Reading List option (with the spectacles icon) at the top of the sidebar, or you may use the shortcut keys cmd+shift+L.

location of all the reading list websites

4. Now, you may right-click (Ctrl-click) on any item in your Reading List.

5. A drop-down menu will appear. Click on the “Clear All Items” option from that menu.

location of the clear all item option

6. A prompt dialogue window will appear asking to confirm.

7. Click on the Clear option to confirm the action.

Wrapping Up

The internet is packed with various exciting and interesting web pages to read, even though we hardly ever have time to do so right away. This amazing iOS feature helps maintain a record and store all the web pages in a backup.

You can even save the linked page to read them offline (with no internet connection) by selecting the save offline option. Also, delete the offline reading list cache stored as website data as it occupies unnecessary storage space.

FAQs

Why can’t I view the website in offline mode?

To view it in offline mode, you need to give it time to download the new material. It will show a’ not available’ message if it doesn’t get the time and data to download.

What is the difference between bookmarks and reading lists?

Reading Lists and Bookmarks are similar features but with a twist. The Reading List allows you to read web pages offline after downloading them. At the same time, you need to be online to read the bookmarked web pages.

Can we do the same in the Chrome browser?

This blog is based on the Safari browser, so you may search it on the web to see if Chrome has any such feature.

Is it true that Safari Reading List loads pages from the offline cache when there is a cellular Internet connection but no Wi-Fi?

Yes! No matter the connectivity, the Reading List section always loads from the offline cache.