iCloud and Safari

07 Feb

We live busy lives. Depending on the week day and time, we may find ourselves surfing the web from a different mobile device.

Imagine you are at a coffee shop browsing the web on your iPad. You have 5 tabs opened. All of a sudden you realize it is getting late so you grab your things and head out the door. You don’t want to lose what you have been reading.

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Safari on iOS lets you add your pages to a Reading List. These pages can be seen later even when you are offline. Moreover, if you have iCloud enabled, you can also see the same tabs you were reading on your iPad on your iPhone, iPod touch or MacBook Safari browser. Now isn’t that cool?!?

Today I’ll be discussing using iCloud tabs and the Reading List on Safari for iPad.

Applicable to:
iPad versions: iPad 2, the New iPad, iPad mini, iPad with Retina Display
iOS versions: iOS 6 and up


Before we begin, make sure your iPad is connected to the Internet.

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Enable iCloud for Safari

If iCloud is not enabled yet, tap on Settings and then on the iCloud menu.

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To enable iCloud for Safari, turn Safari to ON.


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Start Safari

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Add to Reading List

Navigate to any website. In this example we will open a NY Times web page.

Tap the action or share menu

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Tap on Add to Reading List. The web page gets added to the reading list.

Viewing the Reading List

To view the reading list, tap on bookmarks

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then select the Reading List menu

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You can then select any item from your reading list. These web pages can be accessed even if your iPad is offline.

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iCloud Tabs

iCloud Tabs displays web pages that were opened using other mobile devices connected to iCloud. This means you can start surfing some web pages on your iPhone and then continue browsing the same pages on your iPad.

Note: To share tabs among devices, both must be connected to the same iCloud account.

On this example, we can see a Safari browser on iPad displaying tabs that were opened on an iPod touch.

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