How to add website links to your Android home screen

How to add website links to your Android home screen
If you have one or more websites that you regularly check out on your Android device, you can access them faster by adding them to your home screen. More exactly, you can add shortcut links to any website or web page, thanks to a Google Chrome feature that's been around for some time.

Once you fire up Chrome and open a website, it's really easy to add it to your home screen. If you tap on the Chrome menu button, you should see an "Add to homescreen" option among others. Taping on that will let you choose a custom name for you website shortcut, and that's it - you'll then be able to add it to the home screen. In older versions of Chrome, you first had to bookmark a website or web page in order to place it on your Android home screen.

If for some reason you're not a big fan of Chrome, you can add website links to your home screen from Mozilla Firefox, too. The procedure is quite similar (though you can't choose a custom name for the link): open up Firefox, access the desired website, tap on the Firefox menu button, then go to Page -> Add to Homescreen.

When they're placed on your home screen, website links will act as apps, not widgets. Obviously, they can be moved around, or removed from the home screen just as you'd move or remove any app.

Do you frequently add website links to your Android home screen, or do you think this feature isn't that useful?


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9 Comments

1. ThePATRIOToverlord

Posts: 50; Member since: May 29, 2015

alot more easier to do this on Android then iOS, there is just so much more steps to do to get this on your homescreen on iOS, as usual... love this nifty feature that ANDROID originally made and brought to life.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Hey, Patriot ToverTurd.... Eat your words or explain how this is A LOT MORE EASIER to do this on Android than (not then) iOS? -- In Safari, tap on share icon and select "add to homescree"... DONE! Your turn...

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Dont worry he is a moron aka Bobby Buster, he already got like 5-10 sub accounts lol

8. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Have you read the article ? In android you can add the shorcut in THE HOMESCREEN not only on the app This works on contacts aswell you can tap on the person directly from the homescreen

9. AlikMalix unregistered

That's exactly what it does - it becomes part of the apps icons. You can create a custom name and even save the page for offline viewing. I'm not sure why I would need contacts saved to home screen as they're available with the phone turned off: hold the home button and say "call John" (if you prefer no voice feedback like on GN - you can disable voice feedback for Siri) - it will just call "John". In this matter it's faster than choosing an icon among apps. Also you can use spotlight to find a contact from any screen - or (duh) use the call or text apps to make a call/text.

2. waddup121 unregistered

This is cool!

4. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

Florin T. Is this your first review and now you just discovered yesterday only on How To Add Website Links To Your Androids Home Screen.

5. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I for one didn't know chrome and firefox have this ability. I'm not going to do it but what's the harm in knowing something?

7. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I gotta say that Windows Phone wins in those situation. Having the ability to pin a Web page on your home screen and be able to see it update is pretty cool. But maybe I just miss Windows Phone after being on Android for a while.

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