Friday, Sep 11, 2020, 11:51 iOS: Software

iOS-Tip: How to create a screenshot of an entire webpage with Safari

In comparison to the numerous browsers available for desktop, it’s not possible to save an entire webpage to a device locally with Safari for iPhone and iPad. With the advent of iOS 13 however, Apple has equipped the screenshot-feature with the ability to capture more more than the immediately viewable display, as well as the ability to directly edit and highlight a screenshot after having been taken.

Sometimes it’s useful or necessary to save an entire webpage to a device, so that it can be returned to later and read offline. Cases might even arise in which it might be useful to archive a permanent copy of a webpage incase it disappears from the web. This is easily done on Mac, as Safari and other Webbrowsers are capable of saving the content of a page in multiple formats, e.g., as a webarchive, HTML-source-code, or PDF file.

A remedy for iOS: the screenshot
Safari & Co. for iPhone and iPad do not offer the same set of diverse options for saving webpages as Safari for Mac. It is however quite easy to save an entire website on iOS, though it requires an extra step. In iOS 13, the screenshot feature can work together with Safari to save webpages—and only with Apple’s in-house Safari, allowing Safari to convert the entire content of a webpage into a savable PDF file, which can edited prior to saving.

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Loading Webpages and taking Screenshots
In order to save a webpage, open the webpage you’d like to save in Safari and wait until the page-content has been loaded. It’s recommended to check that a page has been fully loaded by scrolling to the bottom of the page—this is in order to ensure that all content present within the page will be saved. Next, take a screenshot of the webpage, to do this with any iPhone or iPad with a home button, press the home and power button at the same time. Devices with Face ID will take screenshots when the side and volume buttons are pressed simultaneously.

Directly editing your saved webpage
In the bottom left corner of your device’s display, a miniature view of the captured screenshot will appear. This can be opened with a simple tap, which will take you into editing mode. In addition to the familiar editing features, like the ability to add handwritten notes or highlight specific areas or text, webpage screenshots made with Safari will have a “Full Page” option to the right of “Screen”, by the screenshot header. After tapping on “Full Page”, the usual crop handles will disappear, being replaced by a thumbnail to the right of the screenshot. The thumbnail can be used to scroll through the content of the entire page. After any necessary edits—or when simply ready to save the page to your device as a PDF file, press “Done” in the top left hand corner. Rather than saving a photo of the screenshot to the “Photos" app, a copy of the webpage in PDF form can now be found in the “Files” app, where it can be copied into your iCloud Drive.

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