- Aug 17, 2014
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
- Open Google Chrome on your iPhone.
- Visit the website that you want to a web app shortcut for.
- Tap the share button in the address bar of the browser, it's in the top right corner.
- Scroll down, and tap on the option that says "Add to home screen".
- 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.
- Tap the add button at the top, to finish the process.
We show you how to add a web app shortcut for your favorite websites to your home screen using Google Chrome for iOS.