Safari has a built in feature called reading list, for a few years I used it as an alternative to bookmarks for articles. When I was looking at storage usage I saw that safari has 200mb+ for offline reading list, therefore the pages must have been chaeched. However, when I turn my phone into airplane mode and try to access any of the pages from reading list it prompts me an error 'The operation couldn;t be completed. Operation not permitted' I tried to search the web for troubleshooting the reading list and the only suggestion I found was to make sure that enable downloading for reading list using cellular is on and it was on. I am not sure what I can do in order to fix it.


On my iPhone 6 I need to turn off wifi and cellular data to read my reading list offline. If I have an Internet connection it will try to load the page from the Internet connection instead of the cached page.

  • That is exactly why I mean. I would turn my phone into an airplane mode(both cellular and wifi off) and none of the reading list material is accessible – AntK Sep 7 '15 at 18:58

Keep the tab open for a few moments. For larger sites, you may need to keep the tab open for a few moments to ensure that Safari saves everything. As long as the website isn't loading anymore, you're safe to close it.

Refer http://www.wikihow.com/Add-Websites-to-an-iPhone-or-iPad's-Reading-List-to-View-Offline

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    Can you elaborate on how this fixes the issue mentioned in the question? – nohillside Dec 30 '16 at 11:39

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