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How to save a website as a PDF on iPhone and iPad



  Fullscreen Screenshot Editor on an iPhone with iOS 13.
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It's convenient to save websites and articles as PDF files so you can read them later. So you can quickly create a PDF file on your iPhone or iPad and then save it with a service like Pocket.

Saving a full-page screenshot as a PDF

In iOS 1

3, iPadOS 13 and later In Safari, you can save a full-page screenshot of a website as a PDF file in the Files app.

There are two notable points to this new method:

  1. The PDF file is generated as a continuous page without a page break.
  2. Instead of a normal PDF file with an A4 page width, the PDF file is the width of the iPhone or iPad on which you are viewing it.

If you want to generate a cleaner PDF file of the page – without advertising and formatting – first switch to Reader mode. Tap and hold "AA" in the upper left corner, then tap again to adjust the text layout.

 Tap and hold

Open the website on your iPhone or iPad and take a screenshot. If you have an iPhone X-style device with a notch or an iPad Pro with Face ID, press and hold the Side and Volume Up buttons until you see the screenshot animation.

If you use If you have an iPhone or iPad with a Home button, press this button together with the Power / Sleep button to take a screenshot.

A small screenshot preview is shown in the lower left corner. Touch it.

  Tap Screenshot Preview.
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You are now in the screenshot editor. Touch "Whole Page."

 Tap

Now the entire page is displayed. Use the scroll bar on the right edge of the screen to navigate. Because you are in the screenshot editing screen, the entire annotation suite is at your disposal. You can scribble over the PDF file or mark sections with arrows.

You can either save the PDF file in the file app or export it to any app of your choice. Tap Done in the Files app to save.

 Tap the

button In the pop-up window, tap "Save PDF to files".

 Tap

. Then select the location where you want to save the PDF file. You can select the local drive, external storage, or a cloud storage account. After selecting the location, tap Save.

 Select the folder, and then tap

if you want to send the PDF to an app – as an attachment to the Mail or Books apps. For example, tap the Share button (the Field with the arrow pointing upwards). Select the app to which you want to send the PDF.

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Saving a Website as PDF from the Share Sheet [19659005] If you prefer a more traditional way to save a Web site as a PDF, you will find it this in the Share Sheet. This method creates the familiar, paginated PDF file in A4 format.

On iOS 13, iPadOS 13 and higher, you can choose between a regular PDF file and a Reader PDF file with a new option.

Open the page in Safari Tap the Share button.

 Tap the button

At the top of the "Share" sheet, the title of the page is displayed. Just tap "Options" below it.

 Tap

. If necessary, switch to the "Reader PDF" option to create a reduced version of the web page. If you want to read a long article on your iPad, this is the best option.

After selecting the PDF option you want, tap Done.

 Select the desired PDF option and tap

You are now returning to the Share Sheet. Tap "Save to Files".

 Tap

. Then select the output folder and tap "Save".

 Select the folder, and then tap

You can now go to the Files app and tap the file to preview it. Tap the Share button to open the PDF file in the Apple Books app or in a third-party PDF reader.

 A saved PDF file in the Files app on an iPad.

How to Save a Web Site as PDF Files from Any Browser Using Shortcuts

If you are using a third-party browser, you will not have the same PDF creation options as you would in Safari. However, you can use a shortcut called Create PDF. This link creates a PDF file using a URL from any app.

Open the shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad and tap "Gallery."

 Tap

Tap the "Search" box, and then enter "Create PDF."

 Tap the

Touch the plus sign (+) next to "Create PDF."

 Touch the plus sign next to

Tap Add Link.

 Tap

The link will be added to your gallery. and it will appear directly in the sharing sheet if your device is running iOS 13, iPadOS 13 or higher. If your device is running iOS 12 or lower, tap "Apply Shortcut" in the action bar to access the shortcut.

Go to a Web site, and then tap the Share button.

 In Safari, tap the Share button.

Scroll down the sharing sheet and tap Create PDF.

 Tap

The link works. After the PDF generation, a preview is displayed. Touch the "Share" button.

 Tap the

button Select "Save to Files" to save the PDF to an iCloud drive or to local storage. You can also select an action such as "Copy to Books" to open the PDF directly in the Apple Books app. If you have a third-party PDF reader, you can select it.

 Select where you want to save the PDF.

Saving a Web Site to PDF in iOS 12 and Earlier Versions

If Running iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad, you can use the Create PDF action to convert a Web site to a PDF.

Open the page in Safari and tap the Share button.

 Tap the

button Next, go to the Actions list (the second list with horizontal scrolling) and tap Create PDF.

 Tap

. You will now see the PDF preview tap the entire page and then tap Done.

 Tap

If you want to share the PDF with a specific app, tap the "Share" button to share the sheets. In the popup, tap on "Save file as".

 Tap

. Now select the location for the file and tap "Add".

 Tap the Add button to save the file to iCloud.

The PDF file is now located at the location you specified. Open the Files app and tap the file to open or share it.


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