Adding Websites to the Home screen on Android phones iPhones and iPads

Adding websites to the Home screen of your mobile devices makes it easier to access frequently visited websites. Below are instructions for adding websites to the Home screens of Android devices, iPhones and iPads

Intended Audience

This article is for the benefit of faculty, staff, and students who would like to know how to set the home page of a mobile device to a specific webpage.


To follow this article you will need an Android or iPhone mobile device with Internet access

iPhone and iPad using Safari

  1. Launch Safari on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.
  2. Navigate to the site that you want to create a Home screen shortcut.
  3. Tap the Share icon (the square with an arrow pointing out of it) at the bottom of the screen.

  4. Scroll down to the list of actions and tap Add to Home Screen. (If you don't see the action, scroll to the bottom and tap Edit Actions, then tap Add next to the Add to Home Screen action. After that, you'll be able to select it from the Share Sheet.)

  5. Type a name for your site link. This will be the title that appears beneath its icon on your Home screen.

  6. Tap Add in the top-right corner of the screen.

Android mobile devices using Chrome

  1. Open the Chrome app on your handset and navigate to the website that you want to make into a Home Screen shortcut.
  2. Once the website loads, open Chrome’s Settings menu by tapping the three vertical dots found in the top-right corner.

  3. In Settings Click the Add to home screen option.

  4. A preview of the icon will then be displayed on the screen. Click the Add button
  5. A new screen that will allow you to place the icon automatically or choose where to place it. On this “Add To Home Screen” screen, you’ll see a preview of the shortcut’s icon. Tap the “Add Automatically” button to place the new icon on your Android device’s Home Screen wherever space is available. 

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