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How to add a website to the home screen of your iPhone or iPad



  Apple Home Screen Hero Web Icon

If you find yourself regularly visiting a website or using a web app on your iPhone or iPad, Safari simply lets you add a shortcut icon to your home screen, which you can quickly tap to launch the site. Here's how.

Add a website to your iPhone home screen

First open Safari and navigate to the website you want to put on your iPhone home screen. Once there, make sure you can see the navigation toolbar by tapping the bottom of the screen once so that it appears.

On the navigation toolbar at the bottom of the screen, tap the Share icon (the rectangle with an upward arrow)

 Tape Share button in Safari on iPhone

A Share menu appears at the bottom of the screen. Use your finger to pull it up and swipe through the list. Tap "Add to home screen".

 Tap Add to Home Screen in Safari on iPhone

A menu titled "Add to Home Screen" appears. Use this menu to name your new home screen web icon whatever you want with the on-screen keyboard. When you're done, tap "Add" in the top right corner of the box.

 Tap Add to add an icon to the home screen on iPhone

The website icon appears on your home screen. Whenever you want to use it, just tap the shortcut as if it were a regular app. Safari will automatically open and load the website.

 Added web shortcut to home screen on iPhone

Add a website to your iPad home screen

Open Safari on your iPad and navigate to the website you & # 39; you would like to place on your home screen. Once there, make sure you can see the navigation toolbar by tapping the top of the screen once so that it appears.

On the navigation toolbar at the top of the screen, look for the Share icon (the rectangle with an up arrow). Tap on it.

 Tap the Share button in Safari on iPad

A Share menu appears on the right side of the screen. Tap "Add to home screen".

 Tap Add to Home Screen in Safari on iPad

Then a pop-up titled "Add to Home Screen" will appear where you can name your new Home Screen Icon anything you want. When you're done, tap "Add" in the top right corner of the box.

 Tap Add to add an icon to the home screen on iPad

The website icon appears on the home screen of your iPad. Whenever you want to visit the site, just tap the shortcut. Safari opens and loads automatically.

 iPad with home screen web shortcut

More about the web shortcut icon

The website icon we created with Safari looks and behaves like a regular app icon on the iPhone home screen or iPad. You can rearrange it along with other apps, add it to a folder, or even drag it to the Dock.

You will notice that some websites have home screen icons that are perfectly similar to the iPhone or iPad interface. That's because these sites have created an image specifically for this purpose and defined it in their website's code. Otherwise, your iPhone or iPad will generate a small thumbnail of the website to use as an icon.

Until now, only Safari can create shortcut icons like this. And since Apple doesn't allow you to change your default browser, the sites always load into Safari, too. Still, it's a handy way to speed up your iPhone or iPad experience.


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