Google is working to add a ‘Read Later’ feature to the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS, to allow users to save tabs and access them later via a new button and menu in the browser UI. The feature is currently available behind a flag in Chrome 86 Canary.
There are plenty of services and browser extensions available to save articles to read later.
Firefox has integrated Pocket which lets you do the same.
Microsoft Edge legacy allows adding articles, images, and videos to the reading list to view them later. To add an article to the reading list in the old edge, you need to click on the bookmark icon and select the Reading list and click on the Add button.
The old Edge also allows us to set tabs aside.
New Microsoft Edge based on Chromium introduced Collections to save stuff you find on the internet to the browser.
If you’re using Chrome on iPhone or iPad, Chrome allows you to read pages later and offline with an optional feature built-in.
To add a page to your reading list, visit a page, tap on share option on the right, and tap “Read Later”.
Chrome for desktop or Windows, Linux, Mac OS, and Chrome OS now to get Read Later feature.
Chromium team offers this description for the feature flag in the Canary:
“Allow users to save tabs for later. Enables a new button and menu for accessing tabs saved for later -Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS.”
Enable Read Later feature in Chrome
1. Launch Chrome browser
2. Visit chrome://flags page
3. Search for “Read Later”
4. Select “Enabled” from the drop-down and restart the browser.
UPDATE August 26, 2020: With the recent Chrome Canary updates, Google has added Read Later folder to bookmark toolbar and “add to Read Later” option to bookmark icon.
To add a page to Read Later service
- Visit any page
- Click on bookmark icon and select “add to Read Later”,
Later when you visit the same page, the option will be replaced with “Mark as Read”.
As of today, Chromium team readied options to save pages to read later and these may appear in Read Later folder on bookmark toolbar when you click, as of now, the feature isn’t working yet.
UPDATE September 25, 2020: How to Save articles to ‘Reading list’ in Chrome on desktop