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How to make Safari Reader View automatic on iOS and Mac

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Reader View in Safari gives you a great way to see only the text and images relevant to the article. It can take away other distractions on a page or in an article that make it harder to read.

You can enable Reader View in Safari on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac for most any website you visit. But what makes the feature even better is that you can set it to turn on automatically for certain sites or all of those you visit. To improve your Safari experience, we’ll show you how to make the Safari Reader View automatic.

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Enable Safari Reader View automatically on iOS

If you use your iPhone or iPad to browse the web in Safari, here’s how to enable Reader View for certain sites as well as all of them.

Turn on Reader View for certain sites

  1. Tap the format button (labeled AA) on the left side of the address bar.
  2. Select Website Settings.
  3. Turn on the toggle for Use Reader Automatically. You’ll notice at the top that these are the settings for that particular website.
Open Website Settings on iPhone
Open Website Settings on iPhone

Tip: You can quickly enable Reader View for the current page you’re visiting by tapping and holding the format button. You’ll see the page immediately change to Reader View. Tap and hold the button again to revert to the original view.

Turn on Reader View for all sites

  1. Open your Settings and select Safari.
  2. Scroll down to Settings for Websites and tap Reader.
  3. You’ll see your currently open pages and can turn on the toggles to automatically enable Reader View for those you want.
  4. Turn on the toggle for Other Websites to enable the Reader for all other sites automatically.
Enable Reader for all sites iPhone
Enable Reader for all sites on iPhone

Enable Safari Reader View automatically on Mac

Maybe Safari on your Mac is where you want to use Reader View. Like on iOS, you can enable it for specific sites or all of them.

When Reader View is available for the page you’re visiting, you’ll see the Reader View button in the Safari address bar.

Safari Reader View button
Safari Reader View button

Turn on Reader View for certain sites

  1. Click and hold the Reader View button in the address bar.
  2. Select Use Reader Automatically on [website name].

Enable Reader View for the current site

Enable Reader View for the current site

You’ll notice that the action lists the name of the website; not the particular article. This is handy because whenever you visit that site, whether the same page or a different one, Reader View will turn on.

You can also add specific websites manually, which we’ll show you below.

Turn on Reader View for all sites

  1. Click and hold the Reader View button in the address bar.
  2. Select Reader Website Preferences.
  3. In the window that opens, you’ll see a list of the sites currently open and configured to use Reader View automatically. (This is where you can go to enable Reader View for certain sites that you have open at the moment. Just click the drop-down box next to the website and pick On.)
  4. At the bottom of the window, click the drop-down box for When visiting other websites and select On.
Enable Reader for all sites Mac
Enable Reader for all sites on Mac

Now, every website you visit in Safari on your Mac will supply the page in Reader View automatically.

An easier way to read in Safari

Reader View is a wonderful feature for distraction-free reading, especially for lengthy pages or those where you need to focus on what you’re reading.

Do you plan to make Safari Reader View automatic on your device now? Let us know your thoughts on this feature in the comments below!

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