How to View Webpages Offline in Chrome on Android

Last Updated: May 10, 2017

If you read a lot of articles online, chances are you’ve run into issues with network connectivity and more. Also, there are times when you may want to read an article later on, and just want to save it for whenever you get the time to peruse it. Until now, people have been using apps like Pocket, or Instapaper to save links to read later. However, Google just announced a new feature in Chrome for Android with which users can download webpages on their devices, and read them later. So, if you want to use the all new offline mode in Google Chrome, here is how to view webpages offline in Chrome on Android:

Download Webpages for Offline Viewing

Note: You will need the latest version of Chrome in order for the download options to be visible. As of this writing, Chrome for Android is currently on 58.0.3029.83

If you want to save webpages for offline viewing, you can just follow the steps given below:

  • Launch Chrome, and find the link for the webpage you want to download. Long press on the link, and in the context menu that pops up, you’ll see an option that says “Download Link“. Tap on this icon. Chrome may ask you for storage permissions if you’ve not downloaded files using Chrome before.

  • If you run into the “You’re offline” error page, or the Chrome dinosaur page while navigating to a webpage, you’ll see a button that reads “Download Page Later“. You can tap on this, and Chrome will queue the webpage to be downloaded the next time you have a working internet connection.

  • Downloading webpages for viewing later also works for the Article Suggestions that show up on the “New Tab” page in Chrome. So, you can save all the articles that you want to read later (or maybe on a flight), and then read them while staying offline.

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Chrome also ensures that you can access your saved webpages easily, and you’ll be able to see all of the pages you’ve saved, in the “New Tab” page in Chrome, with a special badge to mark them as downloaded. You can simply tap on these downloaded webpages and view them at your leisure.

SEE ALSO: How to Enable YouTube Dark Mode in Chrome, Firefox or Edge

Easily Save Webpages for Offline Viewing in Chrome

Chrome brings a very easy to use method for saving webpages for offline viewing, or just reading at a later time. The way that Chrome handles this is quite a bit different from the way apps like Pocket saves links. Most offline reading apps just save the text of the website for reading later, however, Chrome’s native feature saves the entire webpage instead, and always keeps a list of webpages ready for you, even when you’re offline. So, will you be uninstalling apps like Pocket, now that Chrome has the functionality natively, and with a lot more capability? Do share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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