iOS Tip 186: Print Webpage Articles Without Ads

How to Print Webpage Articles Without Ads from iPhone or iPad, and Safari

This tip is focused on printing articles from Safari in iOS with an iPhone or iPad.

To try this out you’ll obviously need an iOS device with an internet connection, and an AirPrint compatible printer.

This method works to strip down a web page or article in Safari to just focus on the content (text and pictures in the article), which you can then print out as a simplified clutter free version of an article. This process works the same on iPhone and iPad, here’s all you need to do:

  1.   Open Safari and head to the web page article you want to print out
  2.   Tap the Safari Reader button in the link URL bar at the top of Safari, it looks like a series of lines atop one another, this will enter into Reader mode in Safari for iOS
  3.  Once in Reader mode, tap the Sharing action button, it looks like a little box with an arrow flying out of it
  4.   From the Sharing action options, choose “Print”
  5.   Adjust your printer options as necessary and choose the “Print” button to print the article or web page from Reader Mode, stripped of any ads or other content

That’s all there is to it, the resulting printed web pages or articles should simply include the article text, and related article images – nothing else.

This works because Safari mode strips out webpage data that is not directly related to the core content of the web page in question, and by printing from there rather than the regular webpage view, you can print out a simplified version of the article.

By the way, you can also use this trick to save simplified webpages as PDF files.

You may already know this, but Reader Mode has a lot of other great uses as well. You can use Reader Mode on iPhone to make a webpage mobile friendly or easier to read, you can use it to change the appearance of articles and make text bigger, change font faces, adjust colors, and much more.