What is the Distinction Between Safari’s Studying Listing and Bookmarks?

Wondering whether to bookmark a link or to bookmark it in the Reading List in Safari? We'll go into the differences between these functions.

Safari has tons of features to make browsing the web easier, including options to keep important links at hand using bookmarks and the Reading List. But what's the difference between these two?

In this post, we're going to look at these two features to examine the subtle differences between them so you know what to bookmark and what to save on your Reading List.

Bookmarks vs. Reading List: Similarities

Bookmarks and the Reading List have very similar functions. Both let you save web pages for easy, instant access down the line. Both are built-in Safari features that can be accessed from your Safari sidebar or home page. Both also sync via iCloud, so you can get bookmarks and the Reading List from your other Apple devices.

Bookmarks vs. Reading List: Differences

As the name suggests, the Reading List is meant to be a list of articles that you want to save for later reading. It serves as a special list of web pages that you can return to when you have the time to read and then work your way through the list.

When you add a new link to your reading list, it falls under the Unread Category. Links stay on your reading list even after you've read them. To remove a webpage from your list, just hold down the Ctrl key or tap the list item with two fingers and select Remove object.

In contrast, bookmarks act like a library of websites that you visit frequently. By their nature, bookmarks are often kept indefinitely and point to a website home page rather than a specific post.

Related: How to Manage Bookmarks and Favorites in Safari on Mac: A Complete Guide

Unlike bookmarks, your Reading List links are also available for offline reading. Go to your Reading List, Ctrl + click the page you want to save for offline reading, then click Save offline to download it.

You can also choose to have Safari automatically save articles for offline reading instead of manually saving them. In order to do this:

  1. Go to safari > settings.

  2. click Progressive, then tick Automatically save articles for offline reading.

While reading lists are useful for saving articles for offline reading, you can do more with bookmarks, as Safari lets you group websites into folders and even bookmark all of your tabs at once.

The selection of the storage location for a link depends on your needs

Bookmarks and the Reading List are so similar in functionality that you can even swap them out if you want. However, because the subtle differences give them different strengths, it is best to use the reading list for individual artists that you want to read once and use bookmarks for websites that you will want to visit again and again.

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Rachel Melegrito
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Rachel Melegrito gave up her college teaching career to become a full-fledged content writer. She loves everything from Apple – from iPhones to Apple Watches to MacBooks. She is also a licensed occupational therapist and budding SEO strategist.

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