Instapaper Bookmarklet for iPad

Use Instapaper to save long web pages to read later, when you have time, on your computer, iPhone, iPad, or Kindle.

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In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to setup the Instapaper bookmarklet on your Apple iPad.

We will need to create a bookmark and then go back and edit the bookmark to include the JavaScript code for the Instapaper bookmarklet. The steps that we will be following are similar to the other tutorials on this website – only we will be inserting the code for Instapaper.

Install the Instapaper bookmarklet on the iPad

We will complete the following steps via the iPad.

Prepare your iPad & open this tutorial in mobile Safari

  • From your iPad, go to “Settings” and tap on “Safari.” Set Always Show Bookmarks Bar to “ON.” Set JavaScript to “ON.” Set Accept Cookies to “From visited.”
  • Next, open the Safari app and open this current page (go to iosbookmarklets.com and search for “Instapaper” and select the tutorial for the iPad).
  • Now copy the code in the section (Instapaper bookmarklet code)

Create a temporary bookmark in mobile Safari

Next, tap on the share icon (square with a right arrow) at the top of your Safari page and tap “Add Bookmark.” Ensure that it will be saving to the “Bookmarks Bar” and then hit “Save.”

Update the temporary bookmark with the code for the bookmarklet

  1. Now tap on the bookmark icon (open book) to pull up your bookmarks. Tap on the “Bookmarks Bar” folder. Then tap “Edit” in the top corner of your window.
  2. Select the bookmark that you just created. Change the name to something of your choice – perhaps ‘Instapaper’ or ‘Instapaper Read Later’.
  3. Next, erase the URL shown and paste the bookmarklet code for Instapaper (press and hold, then release, then tap “Paste”).
  4. Hit “Bookmarks Bar” located in the bottom top left corner to go back. Tap “Done” located in the top right corner. Tap the bookmark icon to make it disappear.

Those are all the steps! You’ve now installed the Instapaper bookmarklet on your iPad.

Instapaper bookmarklet code

To copy the code below — press and hold on the code and then release; then adjust the blue overlay so it covers the entire code, and tap “Copy.”

javascript:function%20iprl5()%7Bvar%20d%3Ddocument,z%3Dd.createElement(%27scr%27%2B%27ipt%27),b%3Dd.body,l%3Dd.location%3Btry%7Bif(!b)throw(0)%3Bd.title%3D%27(Saving...)%20%27%2Bd.title%3Bz.setAttribute(%27src%27,l.protocol%2B%27//www.instapaper.com/j/ETD1Wukqqnu1%3Fu%3D%27%2BencodeURIComponent(l.href)%2B%27%26t%3D%27%2B(new%20Date().getTime()))%3Bb.appendChild(z)%3B%7Dcatch(e)%7Balert(%27Please%20wait%20until%20the%20page%20has%20loaded.%27)%3B%7D%7Diprl5()%3Bvoid(0)

Video Tutorial: How to Setup the Instapaper Bookmarklet on an Apple iPad

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Image credit: Instapaper.com
Bookmarklet code credit: http://www.instapaper.com/extras

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  • William

    Thank you, this was very helpful. I had not been able to figure this out before.