Google Productivity Pad: How to make a website shortcut on the iPad homescreen

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

How to make a website shortcut on the iPad homescreen

There is a really simple iPad trick that not everyone knows that can save you a lot of time. It is the ability to turn any webpage into an icon on the home screen of your iPhone or iPad. Why would you want to do this? Let's say there is a website you always visit from you iOS device, but it is particularly hard to remember the url. Now you could make a bookmark in Safari and access it that way, but giving the website its own icon on the home screen lets you eliminate the step of opening safari and going to your bookmarks to find it.
Doing this is simple, but not obvious at first.
1. Go to the website in Safari
Let's say you want to make a shortcut to your favorite blog, Productivity Pad. Its a great blog, but the url is annoying. The first thing you have to do is go to the blog in Safari. This is the last time you will have to remember the url. Type in to the Safari search bar.

2. Tap the share button (red arrow)

3. Tap "Ad to Home screen" (orange arrow)

4. You will see this menu where you can change the title if you wish, then click the "Add" button in the right hand corner (yellow arrow).

And that is it, the web page will now appear on your last home screen and you can treat it just like an app. Hold down on it till it wiggles and you can move it to different home screens, into a folder, and even into the dock, you can also delete it if you no longer want it.

There you go. Nothing too difficult, you just have to know what to do. That's all for now. And remember, live better.

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