Tap the menu button and tap Add to
homescreen. You’ll be able to enter a name for the shortcut and then
Chrome will add it to your home screen.
The icon will appear on your home screen like any other app shortcut
or widget, so you can drag it around and put it wherever you like.
Chrome for Android loads the website as a “web app” when you tap the
icon, so it will get its own entry in the app switcher and won’t have any browser interface getting in the way.
Other popular Android browsers also offer this feature. For example,
Firefox for Android can do this if you tap the menu button, tap the Page
option, and tap Add to Home Screen.
iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch
Launch the Safari browser on Apple’s iOS and navigate to
Tap the Share button on
the browser’s toolbar — that’s the rectangle with an arrow pointing
upward. It’s on the bar at the top of the screen on an iPad, and on the
bar at the bottom of the screen on an iPhone or iPod Touch. Tap the Add
to Home Screen icon in the Share menu.
You’ll be prompted to name the shortcut before tapping the Add
button. The shortcut can be dragged around and placed anywhere,
including in app folders — just like a normal app icon. (To create app
folders on iOS, touch-and-drag an app’s icon onto another app’s icon and
hold it there for a moment.) When you tap the icon, it will load the
website in a normal tab inside the Safari browser app.
Other browsers, like Chrome for iOS, don’t offer this feature. Due the limitations in Apple’s iOS, only Apple’s own Safari browser is allowed to do this.
Windows 8, 8.1, RT
Windows 8, 8.1, and RT
devices also offer a way to pin websites to your Start screen. This is
obviously most useful on tablets, not on desktop PCs where you don’t
want to see the Start screen. On the Windows desktop, you can pin website shortcuts to your taskbar for easier access.
First, open the modern Internet Explorer browser — that’s what you’re
probably using on a tablet, anyway, as it offers the most
touch-optimized experience. Navigate to
pull up the app bar — for example, by right-clicking or swiping up from
the bottom of your screen — and tap the star icon. Tap the pin icon,
enter a name for the shortcut, and click Pin to Start. The website will
appear as a tile on your Start screen.
Tap the tile and the website will open in Internet Explorer. Some
websites offer live tile support — Windows will use an associated RSS feed
to display the latest headlines and updates from a site if you pin it
to your Start screen. Most websites haven’t been configured to support
this feature. If they have, you’ll see the updates after pinning it to
your home screen.
The process is similar on Windows Phone. First, open the website