There may be times when you want to save a webpage or article to view or read offline. This could be for a variety of reasons: you may not have an internet connection available all the time, or you may want to save the web page for later viewing.
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to save web pages for offline reading, whether on your computer or phone. This article will tell you the six best ways to download a full web page for offline viewing.
Easy ways to download complete web page for offline viewing
There are several ways to download web content for offline use, from saving web pages using the option integrated into browsers with the use of third-party extensions. Below I have selected some very easy to use ways to download pages and articles from websites for offline viewing. Some work on computers, while others also work on Android and iOS.
1. Save webpage in Chrome, Edge, Brave, etc.
Almost all web browsers give you a basic way to save a web page in HTML format. To save and download a complete webpage in browsers like Chrome, Edge, Brave, etc., follow the steps given below:
- Open the webpage you want to download.
- Press the menu of your browser. In Chrome, Edge, and Brave, you’ll find it in the top right corner.
- From the available options, select More tools.
- Next, click on the Save page as option.
- You now have the possibility to save the HTML file of the Web page on your computer.
- Select the desired location and click Save.
You can also press Ctrl + S on your keyboard and click the Save button. Doing so will save the entire web page to your computer. You can open the HTML file in your browser anytime for offline reading.
2. Use browser extensions
Several extensions available on the market allow you to download and save web pages on your computer. We have mentioned some of these extensions below that work on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave, and other Chromium-based browsers.
Save Page WE
With Save Page WE, you can save a complete web page (as displayed) as an HTML file on your PC, which can be opened in any browser. Once installed, you can tap the extension’s icon in the toolbar to instantly download and save the webpage you’re currently on.
The extension also has some handy automation options, including “Close tab after saving page”, “Lazy load content before saving”, etc.
Get the extension here
SingleFile is a similar extension that saves the entire web page, including content and images, into a single HTML file, with just one click. Just wait for the page to load completely and click on the SingleFile icon in the toolbar of the extension to process and save the page.
In addition, it offers the possibility to annotate and then save the page. You can also save web pages automatically, which is handy for people who want to download multiple web pages.
Download extension here
3. Save webpage as PDF
Almost all major web browsers including Chrome, Edge, Brave and Firefox allow you to save webpage as a PDF file on a computer or on Android and iPhone. If you are wondering how to do this, follow the steps given below.
On the computer
- Open the web page you want to download.
- Click on the three-dot menu in the upper right corner.
- Then select Print. You can also directly press Ctrl + P.
- On the next screen, press the drop-down menu next to Printer. Change it to Save as PDF.
- Click Save.
- Choose the desired location and save the PDF file of the web page.
On phones (Android, iOS)
- Open your phone’s browser. Visit the web page you want to download.
- Look for the Print option in the browser menu.
- Chrome users can tap the three-dot menu.
- Click on Share and select Print.
- On the other hand, Edge users can tap on the bottom menu and click on Print.
- Select Save as PDF.
- Press the Save button to save the web page as a PDF document on your phone.
4. Online Website Downloaders
Several websites allow you to download and save entire websites as PDF files to your phone or computer. We have mentioned some free options below.
Web2PDFConvert lets you convert a web page to PDF in seconds. All you have to do is visit the website, enter the URL of the webpage and hit the enter key.
Visit Web2PDF here
CloudConvert works similarly and allows you to convert websites to PDF. You also have the option of saving the web page in image format (JPG, PNG).
Visit CloudConvert here
If you need more options, you can try PDFCrowd, which lets you convert web pages to even more formats including PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and WEBP. You can also use it to convert an existing web page saved in HTML format to PDF or other formats.
Visit PDFCrowd here
5. Download a webpage in Chrome (Android)
Chrome for Android offers a convenient way to download a webpage for offline reading. You can use it on your phone by following the steps given below.
- Open Google Chrome on your Android phone.
- Visit the web page you want to download.
- Click on the three-dot menu in the upper right corner.
- Tap the Download icon to download the web page or article.
There it’s done. The article or webpage has now been downloaded. You can read it later anytime from the downloads section in Chrome.
6. Save a web page using Read-it-Later apps
There are several cross-platform offline reading services in the market such as Pocket, Instapaper, PaperSpan, etc. You can use these services to save a webpage and read it later when you’re offline.
For example, you can use the Pocket app on your Android and iPhone. It also works on the web thanks to the extension on all major browsers. On your phone, you can directly save the article to Pocket via the share option. On PC, you can tap the extension icon and “Save to Pocket”.
All articles you save to Pocket will remain in the list of saved articles. You can then come back later and read these articles when you are offline.
Summary – Download an offline webpage
Here are some easy ways to download an entire webpage for offline viewing. We have mentioned different methods to save web pages as HTML, PDF or images on your phone or computer. Try them out and let me know which one is the best of them all in the comments below.