How to Customize a Web Page in Safari Reader Mode

Use Safari Reader View to improve readability and add customization to Safari web pages.

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Safari Reader mode is one of those features I completely forget about, but it's a great asset when I'm reading articles online. Reader mode removes the clutter of a webpage so you can more easily read the content, and even print without ads. With Safari settings for Reader mode, you can create a customized and easy-to-read browsing experience. Let's learn how.

Related: How to Save Articles & Web Pages to Your Safari Reading List for Offline Viewing

We've already gone over how to use search suggestions in Safari and Chrome, how to add favorites in Safari, and how to make bookmark folders in Safari. For more great Safari navigation tips, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now let's get into how to customize a web page in Safari Reader Mode:

  1. Open a web page that has Reader View available (as the page loads, it'll say Reader View Available in the Smart Search bar).

    Safari Reader view available
  2. Tap the AA icon in the upper-left corner of the search bar.

    Tap left icon
  3. Tap Show Reader View.

    Show Reader View
  4. Now that you are in Reader mode, you can customize your typeface and background color.
  5. Tap Font to adjust the font style.

    Tap Font
  6. Select the font you'd like to choose from the drop-down list.

    Dropdown font list
  7. Tap Back.

  8. Select the color you'd like to use for the Safari background for this page. If you choose black or gray, the font will turn white to facilitate easier reading.

    Select color
  9. If you'd like to turn Reader View off, tap the AA icon at the left side of the search bar again.

    Tap left icon
  10. Now tap Hide Reader View.

    Hide Reader View

That's all there is to it! Now you can enoying reading a web page with Safari preferences set the way you want them.

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.