Reading List is a very useful feature of Safari on iPad. In an earlier guide, we have demonstrated how to recover deleted bookmarks and reading lists on iPhone iPad. With the reading list feature for iOS, you can easily collect articles you find when surfing the web to read later. But there is always possibility that you find some collected or added links in the reading list you do not need to read them any more. If that is the case, how to clear reading list on iPad? In this article we will show you how to delete reading list on iPad that you do not want to read in different ways.

  1. How to remove an entry from Safari reading list on iPad?
  2. Delete reading list on iPad, iOS 8 or later
  3. Delete iPhone iPad Reading List iOS 7 – Youtube video guide
  4. A quick way to delete all reading list items at once

How to remove an entry from Safari reading list on iPad?

Use Reading List to collect webpages and read them later on your iPad, this is a great feature as we do not need worrying about being interrupted sometimes.

how to delete a link added to reading list in ipad

Many iPad users may have the same question, how to delete reading list on iPad? To delete Safari reading list items on ipad is a bit tricky. On safari reading list tap and hold on the item you wish to delete/ remove, (while taping) slide your finger to the left, then a delete button will apear, tab delete and you’re done.

delete ipad reading list for ios7

Now you know the trick how to delete an item from reading list on ipad. Simply swipe the item, then tap Delete. Note that this trick applies to different iPad models, iPad original, iPad 2, iPad 3 (the new iPad), iPad mini, iPad air, iPad Pro iOS 6, iOS 7, iOS8, iOS9. The process is quite similar with deleting reading list items on iPhone.

Delete reading list on iPad, iOS 8 or later

iOS 8, iOS 9 has changed the reading list slightly for Safari mobile. If you have upgraded your iPad to iOS 8 or later, when you open Safari browser on iPad, it will automatically open the Bookmarks menu if you are holding iPad in the landscape mode. If you hold iPad vertically, in the portrait mode, you need to manually tap on the Bookmarks icon to show it.

delete reading list on iPad iOS 8, iOS 9

To remove an item from Safari reading list on iOS 8 or later is just like iOS 7 or other earlier versions, you can simply drag a reading list entry from right to left, then a Delete button displays, tap on it to delete a reading list entry on iPad iOS 8 or iOS 9.

Delete iPhone iPad Reading List iOS 7 – Youtube video guide

A quick way to delete all reading list items at once

If you don’t want to delete each reading list entry individually, there is a quick way to delete all items from Safari reading list on iPhone iPad at once. Note that this method will delete all Safari data from iPhone or iPad and iCloud such as Safari favorites, Safari history, Safari bookmarks, Safari reading list. So it might not the best way to get rid of reading list on iPhone or iPad, but it is the fastest way to mass delete all reading list items on iPad or iPhone. If you do not want to lose iPhone or iPad bookmarks, you can transfer bookmarks from iPhone iPad to computer, you can also refer to this guide to download bookmarks from iCloud to computer, then import them to a web browser on your PC or Mac.

Go to Setting on iPhone or iPad, select iCloud. You will see a list of data types that you can back up to your iCloud account, Safari is one of them. Turn off Safari backup to iCloud, you will get the option to delete all Safari data from iPhone, see below screenshot. If you choose this option, you will delete all Safari data from iPhone or iPad and iCloud such as Safari favorites, Safari history, Safari bookmarks, Safari reading list.
delete all safari data from iphone in icloud settings

If you have not enabled iCloud backup or have not enable Safari backup to iCloud, you can enable it now, then turn it off immediately to get the option to clear all Safari data from iPad or iPhone.

If you do not know how to use the reading list function on iPad, please read on.

1. Add the current webpage: Tap the share button, then tap “Add to Reading List.” With iPad 2 or later, the webpage is saved as well as the link, so you can read it even when you can’t connect to the Internet.

2. Add the destination of a link: Touch and hold the link, then tap “Add to Reading List.”

3. View your reading list on your iPad Safari: Tap the bookmark button, then tap the glass button.

40 thoughts on “Delete an item from Reading List on iPad

  1. Lucy

    I don’t want a reading list period. How do I take it off completely?

  2. Dee

    Hi, i have a blue “reading list” on the left side of my ipad screen. It takes up 1/3 of the screen, i would like to get rid of it. How would i do this please?!
    Thank you, dee

    • Matt

      try tap on the blue bookmark icon before your safari address bar, you can find it at the top left corner of your Safari screen, then the reading list should disappear. also you can hold your iPad in the portrait mode, the bookmarks or reading list should be hidden automatically.

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