How to Save a Webpage as a PDF on Windows/Mac/Android/iOS Device?

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You can find almost any information you need online. However, to access this information, you will need an internet connection. If you come across a webpage featuring information you would like to carry around and read without an internet connection, Converting the webpage to other savable files is a good idea. Portable Document Format (PDF) files can be read on a wide range of devices and platforms. In this article, you will learn how to save a webpage as a PDF. 

How to Save a Webpage as a PDF?

Convert Webpage to PDF Using Web Browsers

  1. Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer, a Microsoft owned browser, was released back in 1995. It used to be the default browser for all computers running on Windows. If you are still using Internet Explorer on your computer, you can save a webpage as a PDF by following the steps we have outlined below:

Step 1: Visit the webpage you would like to save.

Step 2: On the top-left corner, hit the File button and then select Print from the floating menu that appears. 

Step 3: From the list of printers, choose Microsoft Print to PDF.

Step 4: Hit the Print button. A window that allows you to save your chosen webpage in the Portable Document Format should appear. Give the file a name and then hit the Save button. 

  • Microsoft Edge 

If your computer is running Windows 10, it should have the Microsoft Edge browser on it. Compared to the original Microsoft Browser (Internet Explorer), Microsoft Edge is much faster and offers more features. If you have both the Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge on your computer, using Microsoft Edge may be more appealing. To use the Microsoft Edge to save your page as a PDF, you will need to follow the steps we have outlined below:

Step 1: Hit Ctrl + P. This should open a Printing dialogue. 

Step 2: Under Printer, select Microsft Print to PDF. 

Step 3: Hit the Print button. 

Step 4: On the “Save Print Output As” dialogue, give the document a name and then hit the save button. 

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  • Google Chrome 

This is one of the most used browsers. Approximately 58.4 internet users use the browser. To save a webpage as PDF using Google Chrome, you will need to follow the steps we have outlined below:

Step 1: Hit the 3 vertical dots available on the top-right corner. 

Step 2: From the menu that appears, choose Print…

Step 3: In the destination section, replace the destination of the page with Save as PDF. 

Step 4: Hit the Save button and then give your document a name on the save dialogue. 

  • Firefox 

Mozilla Firefox is one of the long-standing browsers. It was established about 14 years ago. In addition to the basic functions, the browser can help you convert a webpage into PDF and save it on your computer. All you will need to do is follow the steps outlined below:

Step 1: Visit the page that you would like to save using the Mozilla Firefox. 

Step 2: On the page, hit the Ctrl + P to bring up the print dialog. 

Step 3: In the name of the printer section, choose Microsoft Print to PDF. 

Step 4: After hitting OK, follow the onscreen instructions to complete the printing process. 

Use Online Services to Save a Webpage as a PDF

If you do not like to save your webpages using the browsers, you can try using online programs. The programs you may want to try include:

  1. PDFy.net

This is a web-based program featuring a wide range of conversion options. The available options include HTML to PDF, JPG to PDF, WEB to PDF. To use the online program, you will need to follow the steps below:

Step 1: On a web browser, visit PDFy.net. 

Step 2: On the homepage, select the WEB to PDF tab. 

Step 3: Open a new tab and visit the webpage you would like to convert to PDF. Copy the link and paste it in the textbox available on PDFy.net.

Step 4: Hit the “Convert to PDF” button and wait as the PDFy.net converts the webpage to PDF. After the conversion is complete, you can go ahead and download the converted PDF file to your computer. 

  • Web2pdfconvert.com

This online program features a straightforward interface. On its homepage, it features a textbox where you are just supposed to enter the URL for the webpage you would like to change to PDF. After entering the URL and hitting the Convert to PDF button, the webpage will be changed to PDF immediately. You can opt to either download the page or simply upload it to your cloud storage. 

  • Pdfmyurl.com

This tool is ideal for anyone who would like to get a custom looking PDF document. It allows you to customize how the PDF file looks like before you convert it. To use this online tool to save a webpage as a PDF, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Visit http://pdfmyurl.com/ on your computer web browser. 

Step 2: In the textbox available, paste the URL for the webpage you would like to save as PDF. 

Step 3: To adjust the page looks before conversion, hit the Options button. 

Step 4: Once you are done with adjusting the PDF output, hit the Save as PDF button. Once the conversion is complete, you can then go ahead and download your PDF to your computer. 

Other online tools you can use to convert your webpages to HTML include:

All of the above tools will work in a similar manner. To save a webpage as a PDF file using the online tools, you will simply need to paste the URL for the page in a textbox, hit the convert button, and then download the page. The majority of the tools are 100% free. Some of the pages, however, may have some limitations – to access the full features, you may need to pay for a membership. 

Use the Share Function on the iOS Devices 

If you use an Apple Device, say an iPhone or an iPad, saving webpages as PDF should be as easy as just using the share function. Below, we have the steps you will need to follow:

Step 1: Visit the webpage you would like to save as a PDF using the Safari browser. 

Step 2: Locate the Share button on the webpage. The Share button looks like a box featuring an arrow coming out of it. Tap the share button and then swipe through the available options. 

Step 3: One of the options is Save PDF to iBooks. If you select the option, it should let you save the chosen webpage to iBooks and view it as a PDF file. 

Alternatively, you may come across the Create PDF option, if you are currently using the Files application on your iOS 11 device. If this option is available, tap on it and then select Done from the top-right corner. This should initiate the conversion process. Next, pick Save PDF To. Now, you can go ahead and send the PDF file to your local browser or to cloud storage of your choice. 

Note: If you would like to change the name of the PDF file before you save it, you will simply need to press and hold the PDF file icon. Next, locate the Rename option and tap on it. When the keypad appears, simply use it to type a new name. 

Use an Application on Your Android Device 

Conversion from Webpage to PDF is much easier on iOS devices – you can do it using the features you have on the iOS device. On Android devices, you may need to install a third-party application. One of the best applications you can use is Convert web to PDF.

After downloading and installing the application on your Android device, you will need to follow the steps outlined below to convert your webpage to PDF:

Step 1: After launching the application on your Android device, visit the webpage that you would like to save as PDF. Paste the URL in the text box. 

Step 2: Hit the convert button and wait. The tool will remove unnecessary content and save your PDF. Since the tool is also a PDF reader, you can always use it to read the converted PDFs. 

Use an Application on iOS 

This process will still require you to use the Share button. However, once you install an application such as InstaWeb, it will appear under the share options. Therefore, instead of using the Files application, you can simply select the InstaWeb application. Basically, you will still need to follow the same steps we had outlined earlier on for the saving a webpage as PDF on iOS devices. 

Saving Webpages as PDF Using a Windows Application 

This application is ideal for people who are still using mobile devices running on the Windows 10 mobile platform. Web2PDF is one of the best applications you can use. The application is easy to use. All you will have to do is paste the link for the webpage you would like to convert to PDF in a textbox and then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the conversion process. 

Use a Browser Add-on to Save a Webpage as a PDF

An add-on can make your work much easier. The Save as PDF add-on makes it possible for you to save a webpage as a PDF in just a single click. To use the add-on, you will simply need to follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install the Save as PDF add-on on your Chrome or Firefox browser. 

Step 2: Load the webpage you would like to save as PDF on the web browser. 

Step 3: Hit the Add-on icon on the top-right corner. To indicate that conversion has begun, the add-on becomes animated. 

Note: If you see a Red triangle, this means that there is a problem with the conversion. There are some pages that the add-on does not support. The pages include:

  • Websites protected with a password 
  • Websites featuring flash 
  • Frameset sites 

It is worth noting that the converted PDF will feature PDFcrowd branding. The PDFcrowd is the company that owns the Save as PDF add-on. To get rid of the branding, you will need to purchase an annual subscription. 

Summary 

Saving webpages as PDF is not complicated. All you will need to do is use the right tool and follow the right steps. Unless you decide to use an add-on that requires you to pay, converting webpages to PDF should be 100% free. Compared to using the web browser to save a webpage as a PDF, online programs offer their results more quickly. 

Author: Treyton Collins

An tech editor for Starzsoft.com offering the professional how-to articles for Apple and Android users.