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iPhone 101: How to use Reader mode in Safari to simplify web pages for reading

iPhone 101: How to use Reader mode in Safari to simplify web pages for reading
Kelly Hodgkins
Kelly Hodgkins|@kellyhodgkins|March 26, 2014 11:30 AM


It doesn't take long to get annoyed by ads and images that clutter your reading space in Safari when you are trying to digest a long-form article on your iPhone or iPad. To clear your browser window and bring focus to the words on the page, you can activate Reader mode in mobile Safari in a single tap.

Safari Reader

When browsing a compatible web page, you can easily remove almost all the distracting content by tapping the line-style icon in the left corner of the URL bar (as shown above). This enables a Reader mode in Safari, which removes all advertisements and extra images in the article's content. You will be left with a single column of easy-to-read words. If you want to go back to the original webpage, just tap the icon again.

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The biggest drawback to this Reader feature is that it is not available on all web pages. You don't have to guess whether a page is compatible with Reader, as the icon only will appear on pages that support the feature.

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