How to Make the Mobile Web More Readable

How often do you load a web page on your phone only to be confronted by awkward layouts, ads that get in the way, and heavy pages that stutter as you scroll them? “Reader mode” is a one-tap solution to reading web pages without the frustration.

This is integrated into Safari on iOS and can be enabled as an experimental feature on Chrome for Android. It’s available in most desktop web browsers, too.

Chrome on Android:

Google is late to the party here. Chrome for Android does have a reading mode, but it’s a hidden experimental flag you have to enable at the moment. This could graduate to being a stable feature, or Google could remove even the experimental flag from Chrome. We don’t know what will happen.

But, to use it now, type chrome://flags into Chrome’s address bar and tap the Enter button. Scroll down, locate the “Enable Reader Mode Toolbar Icon” option, and tap “Enable.” Tap the “Relaunch Now” button that appears to relaunch Firefox.

reader-mode-chromeOnce you have, you’ll get a reading mode icon in Chrome on web pages it detects are articles. Tap the button to use Reader Mode just like you would in other web browsers.

Safari on iOS:

Safari has an integrated “Reader Mode” feature on iPhone and iPad, and it’s easy to use.

After you load a web page in Safari, you’ll see an icon at the left side of the address bar at the top of the app. This icon will only appear if Safari detects the current web page is an “article,” so it won’t be available on every web page. But this is only useful if the web page is a text article you want to read, anyway.

safari-reader-modeTap this button after loading a web page to get just the text. Reading view will bypass most interstitial screens and hide all those pesky navigation elements, social sharing buttons, and always-on-screen ads so you can get just the information you came to the web page to read.

These are the major browsers offering the reader mode to the users for  a better mobile web experience.

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