New Update Google Chrome for iOS now lets you add web apps to your home screen


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Google has updated Chrome for iOS to add support for creating web app shortcuts for your favorite websites. We take a look at how the feature works.

In a nutshell, web apps (and progressive web apps) act as shortcuts, just like how bookmarks work in a browser. You tap on them to open the site that they are linked to. Though they are functionally similar to visiting a website directly through the browser, web app shortcuts may be more useful for users who wish to visit a website frequently. They are also helpful for people who may not be tech-savvy, for example, if someone doesn't know how to enter a URL, you can help them by creating a web app shortcut. Web apps that you add to your iPhone or iPad's home screen also support notifications, so you will receive an alert every time the website publishes a new article.

How to add a web app shortcut using Google Chrome for iOS

  1. Open Google Chrome on your iPhone.
  2. Visit the website that you want to a web app shortcut for.
  3. Tap the share button in the address bar of the browser, it's in the top right corner.
  4. Scroll down, and tap on the option that says "Add to home screen".
  5. Next, the app will ask you to edit the name of the site, and the URL associated with it. It automatically fetches the favicon (logo) of the site.
  6. Tap the add button at the top, to finish the process.

How to add a web app shortcut using Google Chrome for iOS
Download Google Chrome for iOS and iPadOS from the App Store. The latest version of the browser is 115.0.5790.84.

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