Use Add to Home screen on Android to create website shortcuts

As a web surfer, I visit hundreds of random websites daily, which I don’t even remember later. 

But there are a few websites I visit frequently. Unfortunately, those websites don’t have any Android apps. 

I have to rely on Google Chrome to access them. But I don’t have to open Chrome and type the same URL in the address bar. 

Chrome mobile allows you to create shortcuts for websites. You can visit any website directly by clicking the shortcut. 

Add to Home screen vs. Create Shortcut

Create Shortcut: Create Shortcut is how shortcuts are created in a computer. It lets you open the link in a dedicated window that feels like an app. 

Add to Home screen: It creates a Chrome shortcut on your device’s home screen. If you click the link, it opens Chrome and takes you to the website. It saves you time by not having to open Chrome and type the URL you visit daily. 

Use Add to Home screen on Android to create shortcuts

  1. Launch Google Chrome on your Android device. 
  2. Go to the website you visit often but doesn’t have an Android app. 
  3. Tap the three-dots icon at the top right corner. Tap the three-dots icon
  4. Select Add to Home screen from the menu. Select Add to Home screen
  5. Enter the name of the shortcut. It will be visible on your phone’s home screen. Press Add
  6. Press the Add button. 

Now, go to your device’s home screen to see the shortcut. A shortcut has the website’s favicon, your given name and a Chrome logo in the bottom right corner. 

Delete Shortcut from Android

If you discontinued visiting a website you used to visit, there’s no need to have its shortcut on the home screen. 

You can uninstall the shortcut like you uninstall an app. Here’s how:

  1. Find the shortcut on the home screen of your device.
  2. Tap and hold the shortcut until a pop-up appears.
  3. Select Remove from the pop-up. Select Remove
  4. Now, press Remove to delete the shortcut. Press Remove 

A shortcut doesn’t require much space on your device, as it’s a part of Chrome. Website cache and cookies are saved under the Chrome app, so removing the shortcut won’t free up some space on your device.

Uchchash Talukder Rana is the founder of @ansmegeek. He is the jack of all trades and master of a few. He uses Windows, Mac, Android & iOS on a daily basis. If he is not sleeping, either he is writing articles or playing Valorant.

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