Add shortcut icon to your mobile homescreen

Did you know you can add an icon for any website to your mobile device? This serves as a shortcut in the same way you use for apps.

Instructions for Apple devices

Launch the Safari browser and navigate to

Tap the ‘Share’ button on the browser’s toolbar — that’s the rectangle with an arrow pointing upward.

On an iPad it’s at the top of the screen.

On iPhones/iPods it’s on the bar at the bottom of the screen.

From the Share menu, tap the ‘Add to Home Screen’ icon.

iPad screenshot shows Share menu

Screenshot shows the Share menu and ‘Add to home screen’ icon

You’ll be prompted to name the shortcut before tapping the Add button. The shortcut can be dragged around and placed anywhere, including in app folders — just like a normal app icon.

When you tap the icon, it will load the website in a normal tab inside the Safari browser app.

Instructions for Android devices

Launch Chrome for Android and open

Tap the menu button and tap ‘Add to homescreen’ – you’ll be able to enter a name for the shortcut and then Chrome will add it to your home screen.

The icon will appear on your home screen like any other app shortcut or widget, so you can drag it around and put it wherever you like. Chrome for Android loads the website as a “web app” when you tap the icon, so it will get its own entry in the app switcher and won’t have any browser interface getting in the way.

[Thanks to tuts+ for these super instructions]