Saving a web page is useful when you plan to open this page offline or want to save the page content for a long time without fear of the content being changed or deleted. You can save a web page in any browser to view it offline, and you can even use special programs to save the entire site at once.
Method 1 of 4: Browsers on Desktop Computers
Step 1. Open the web page you want to save
Any web browser can quickly save an open web page. Then you can open it at any time, even without an internet connection. If you want to save the whole site, go to the last section.
Step 2. Open the "Save Page As" window
To do this, press Ctrl / ⌘ Cmd + S or do the following:
- Chrome. Click the Chrome menu button (☰) and choose Save Page As.
- Internet Explorer. Click the gear button and select File - Save As. If you don't see the gear button, press Alt to display the menu bar and then click File - Save As.
- Firefox. Click the Firefox menu button (☰) and choose Save Page.
- Safari. Click "File" - "Save As".
Step 3. Give the saved page a name
By default, the file will be named the same as the page title.
Step 4. Set the folder for saving the page
After saving the page, in this folder you will find an HTML file, as well as a folder with all media files from the page (if you save the entire page).
Step 5. Choose whether you want to save the entire page or just HTML
From the Save as type menu, you can choose between Web Page, Entirely or Web Page, HTML Only. Saving the entire page will save all media files from that page. This will allow you to view images by opening the page offline.
Internet Explorer users can select "Single File Web Archive (*.mht)". It is a Microsoft format that allows all web page data to be saved in a single archive file. MHT files can only be easily opened in Internet Explorer, but this makes it much easier to save many web pages
Step 6. Open the saved web page
You will be able to find the HTML file in the folder you specified. Double click on the HTML file to open the saved page in a web browser (even if you are not connected to the Internet).
- Always keep your HTML file and media folder in one place; otherwise, images will not be loaded.
- If you are offline and there is streaming video on the saved page, it will not play (until you are connected to the Internet).
Method 2 of 4: iOS
Step 1. Open the site you want to save in Safari for iOS
You can save any website to view it offline.
This can be done in iOS7 or later
Step 2. Click Share
This button is located at the bottom of the screen (iPhone and iPod) or at the top of the screen (iPad) and looks like a square with an arrow.
Step 3. Click Add to Reading List
This button looks like glasses and is located next to the Add to Bookmarks button.
Keep the tab open for a while. If the site is large, leave the tab open for a while so Safari retains all of the site's content. Once the browser finishes downloading the site, you can close the tab
Step 4. Search for saved pages in the reading list
You can access your Reading List even when you are not connected to the Internet. Click Bookmarks (in Safari) and then click the tab indicated by the glasses icon to view the saved pages in your Reading List.
You can find the Bookmarks button next to the address bar. It looks like an open book
Step 5. Click on the page to open it
If you are offline, the saved page will not look the same as the original, because when you save the page, irrelevant details, such as the background color of the site, are discarded.
Step 6. Go to the next saved page or site
To do this, simply scroll to the bottom of the current page.
Step 7. Switch between all pages or between unread pages
To do this, click "Show All" or "Show Unread" (in the lower right corner).
Step 8. Remove pages from your reading list
To do this, swipe across the saved page from right to left and click "Delete".
Step 9. Refresh your device if your Reading List does not work offline
In the initial release of iOS 8, there was a bug that prevented opening the "Reading List" offline. Upgrading to 8.0.1 or later will fix this issue.
- Open the Settings app and tap General.
- Click "Software Update" and then click "Install Updates".
Method 3 of 4: Android
Step 1. Open the site you want to save in Chrome for Android
You will not be able to view saved pages in this browser offline, but you can save them as PDF files that you can open at any time.
Other Android browsers may have the option to view saved pages offline. Open the browser menu by pressing the "⋮" button and select "Save for offline viewing". Not all Android browsers have this option
Step 2. Click the Chrome menu button (⋮) and select Print
You will "print" the web page in PDF format.
Step 3. Click on the top menu and select "Save as PDF"
This will save the page and links to a PDF file.
Step 4. Click "Save"
The boot menu will open. Select the "Downloads" option in the left pane.
Step 5. Give the saved page a name
By default, the page name will be the same as its title. You can change the name by clicking on the default name and entering a new name.
Step 6. Click "Save"
The PDF file will be saved to the device's memory.
Step 7. Open the Downloads application
A list of the files that you have downloaded to your device will be displayed.
Step 8. Click on the saved PDF file
You may be prompted to select which application you want to use in order to open this file.
Step 9. You can click on any link in the PDF file to open it in the browser, but you need to be connected to the network for that
Method 4 of 4: Save the entire site
Step 1. Download and install HTTrack
This is a free program that allows you to save the entire site, that is, all pages, media files and links. Opening a saved site offline will allow you to follow any links that lead to content on that same site.
You can download HTTrack from httrack.com. The program supports Windows, Mac, Linux
Step 2. Start HTTrack and create a new project
HTTrack saves the site as a "project". This makes it easy to update already saved sites.
Step 3. Enter a name for the project and set its location
It is recommended that you create one master folder for all your saved websites. HTTrack will create separate folders for each "project" in the main folder.
Step 4. Click "Download website (s)" and then enter the address
If you want to save the entire site, enter the site's home page address.
Step 5. Click "Finish" or "Start" to start the site saving process
This can take a long time, especially if the site is large or if you have a slow internet connection.
By default, HTTrack will follow every link on the website and download the related content, but it will not open links outside of the saved site
Step 6. Open the saved site
To do this, open the folder of the corresponding "project" and click on the HTML file. You will be able to view any page, even while offline.
If the site contains streaming video, you will not be able to watch it without an internet connection
- Save web pages when planning a trip or out of Wi-Fi or internet access for a long time. You will be able to view your saved web pages anytime, even without internet access.
- Save the web page if it contains important information that you need later or as a link to the source. By saving a page, you commit its content, even if someone decides to change or delete it.