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How to Add Website Shortcuts to the iPhone Home Screen

Ben Stegner Updated 24-01-2020

With millions of apps on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, you think there would be an app for everything. Sadly, that’s not the case.


Sometimes you’ll come across a great website that doesn’t offer a dedicated app. Or maybe you just want quick access to your favorites sites from your iPhone’s home screen. Whatever the case, you can easily add websites to your home screen on iPhone thanks to a neat Safari trick.

We’ll show you how to make any website an app on iPhone and iPad.

How to Add Website Apps to the iPhone Home Screen

To add websites to your home screen like apps, follow these steps:

  1. Open Safari. Other browsers, such as Chrome, won’t work for this.
  2. Navigate to the website you want to save to your home screen. Make sure you visit the exact page you want to open through the shortcut.
  3. Tap the Share button at the bottom of the page. It looks like a square with an arrow pointing out of the top.
  4. In the list of options that appears, scroll down until you see Add to Home Screen. Tap this.
  5. On the next screen, choose a name for the website shortcut on your home screen. You’ll see the link so you can confirm it, as well as the site’s favicon that becomes its “app” icon. Click Add when you’re done.
  6. Now just tap the new app on your home screen, and it will open the website in its own navigation window, independent of what you have open in Safari.

If you ever decide you want to remove the website shortcut, you can delete it just like you would any other app on your phone.


Add Everything to Your Home Screen

This is a great way to add website “apps” to your home screen for services that don’t have them. Video game music radio site Rainwave, which we used above, is a good example. It’s a lot better than having to open Safari and jump to a bookmark every time you want to visit a particular site.

Many people prefer to have an app for everything they use on their phones. With this method, it’s easy to do so. If you get overwhelmed with all the apps on your home screen, check out our tips for organizing your iPhone apps 5 Handy Tips for Organizing Your iPhone and iPad Apps More Effectively Wading through an endless sea of icons, looking for an app? There's a better way; organize your iPhone or iPad apps. Read More  and creative layouts to organize your iPhone home screen.

Related topics: iPhone Tips, iPhone Tricks, Safari Browser.

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  1. John
    April 14, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Can you edit that icon that adds to your home screen?

  2. Marion Richards
    February 26, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    The above instructions are wrong. I followed exactly and there is no add to home screen option since updating to the latest iOS 13.

    • Ben Stegner
      February 26, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      I just walked through these steps again on iOS 13.3.1 to make sure, and it works exactly as I wrote above. What specific part isn't working for you?

  3. EBF
    February 9, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Has the behavior of things added to the home screen changed?? My old saved items open in their own “app” window. The latest I just did (first since iOS 13 update), opens in Safari. Frustrating.

  4. Josh
    January 25, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Add to home screen option is no longer there with newest update? How am I create short cut now?

    • Drwalther
      February 23, 2020 at 10:15 pm

      if you find out, I sure would like to know too!!

    • Ben Stegner
      February 26, 2020 at 3:31 pm

      I just tested this again on the latest version of iOS and it still works for me. I would have to see a screenshot of it to figure out what's up.

  5. Ellen Falk
    January 11, 2020 at 11:36 am

    At the bottom of the screen you ll see an icon depicting an arrow that looks like it s trying to get away from a square. This represents the never-ending struggle between the pursuant rectangular form and chased arrowhead. It also represents tapping a button to perform an action, which is more applicable in this case. So tap this button. If you managed to tap that button successfully, you ll have a few options. The one you want to tap is Add to Home Screen . So do that.

    • Marion Richards
      February 26, 2020 at 12:41 pm

      Option is no longer available since latest iOS update🤬