You might not be the person who always keeps the mobile data connection on. It does preserve the tariff and makes the bill tolerable. What if you see an interesting article on the web, but you have no time to read it? Well, most of the people bookmark the page. The problem with bookmarking is it again uses your network connection to access the page. Wait! There is a way to save websites for offline access on Google Chrome. And that’s what you are going to read today.
How To Save Websites to Offline on Chrome?
You have to bear in mind that the method you are going to get doesn’t actually save the entire website. Instead, it converts the webpage to a PDF document and stores into your internal memory. I have explained the step-by-step process below. Skim through the method and have a look at the screenshots. Then, do it yourself.
Step 1: Clearly, you have to take the device and visit the page you want to save on the Chrome browser. Make sure you have an active internet connection now.
Step 2: Once the webpage gets fully loaded up, you have to hit the Chrome menu. In case you wonder which one it is, tap on the three dots given on the top-right corner, next to the tab-counter.
Step 3: You will get the menu with a number of options. On some older versions of Google Chrome, you directly get Print option there. However, in the newer versions, you won’t get it. Luckily, there is a method you can still access the same option.
In case you don’t get Print option on the Chrome menu, hit the Share button.
Step 4: You will get a number of options to share the image now. There it is! There you get the Print option. It might seem a bit strange to you. Never mind! Tap that Print button.
Step 5: By default, Save as PDF option is selected. If you have any printer connected to your phone, you will see the name there. In order to save the webpage for offline access, you need to manually change the setting to ‘Save as PDF’.
Step 6: At this step, you can choose multiple options like number of copies, colour, paper size, orientation, and the number of pages from the web page you want to convert to PDF. By hitting the down-headed arrow, you can change all those.
When you think you have the right settings, tap the greenish PDF button on the right.
Step 7: You need to select the location for the saved file here. Strangely, I couldn’t get to select just any location. For me, the only available folder was Downloads. On the bottom, you can enter a custom name for the document.
Do that and choose Save. There you go! You just saved an online webpage as a PDF document.
What should you do when you want to open the file?
Well, it’s quite simple. Most of the modern Android phones have a default document viewer. For extended functions, you can install a PDF reader from Play Store as well.
Open your file manager (I recommend Solid Explorer, you can opt for ES File Explorer also), browse to the folder where you saved the file (Downloads, in my case). Finally, open it up.
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Is this the only way to save web pages to offline on Chrome? No, it is not! If you are a reading buff, you can install an application named Pocket and save all the articles to it. When you become bored, you can open Pocket and read all those saved articles without the internet. On computer, you know there is a Save option to get all the elements of the webpage to local storage.