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How to Add to Home Screen Shortcut Links with Chrome Android?

Chrome offers several useful features to the users and among them, is to add the sites or the links to the home screen of your phone. If you are frequently visiting certain pages or sites then it might be hectic for you to browse it again the next day. By adding it to the home screen, you can directly view it by tapping on the shortcut icon on the home screen. To do so, you need to launch the particular site and click on the add to home screen option from the three dots in the top right corner.

If you frequently visit a website or a blog on your Chrome browser, then it’s a good idea to make a shortcut link of the same on the home screen. This will eliminate a few steps and also make life easier. These shortcuts will be visible on the Android phone’s home screen.

Few shortcuts are also added to the phone app drawer as a native lightweight app. It works as a standalone app with chrome in the backend. This technology is called Progressive Web App (PWA).

I personally use the PWA shortcut links for Twitter and Instagram on my phone. I do not like heavy mobile apps that eat up my storage space and consume processing memory. So, I prefer using mobile shortcuts that make browsing easier and also do not burden my storage space.

Related: How to Create Shortcut and Add to Desktop in Chrome Computer?

The PWA apps are the best way to keep the phone efficient and also eliminate background data usage. Hence, it stops your phone from lagging at any cost.

How to Add a Shortcut Link with Chrome Android?

The shortcut links can be added to the home screen using a chrome browser on an android phone. These shortcuts help in relaunching a website or a PWA app on the chrome browser.

Here are the steps to create a shortcut link on Chrome Android and then add it to the home screen:

  1. Launch the Chrome for Android App.
  2. Open the Website that you need to create the shortcut link.
  3. Tap onvertical 3dots icon for menu options.
  4. Select the Add to Home Screen option from the list.
    Add to Home screen Chrome Android
  5. Tap on the Add command.
  6. Here you can touch and hold to place manually OR
  7. Select Add Automatically command.
    Add to Home screen automatically Chrome Android
  8. The Shortcut link will be created on the Home screen of your Android phone.
    Touch and hold to place manually Chrome shortcut

If you kill your Chrome session and tap on the shortcut link, the chrome browser will automatically launch the shortcut website on your browser. This way, you can add a shortcut to the home screen.

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How to Add to Home Screen Shortcut Links with Chrome Android?

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Bottom Line: Chrome Android Add to Home Screen

If a particular website offers PWA for mobile, then a native lightweight app is installed. Else, a shortcut link will be created automatically or manually on the selected location on the android phone home screen.

After I knew how to add shortcuts in chrome, I could easily delete most of the apps that took a lot of my storage space and created a chrome shortcut for it instead. Further, I added them to the home screen which made my browsing experience extremely smooth and easy.

Similarly, you can also create an add-to desktop shortcut link on a chrome computer. The PWA apps on the desktop are installed as chrome web apps.

Do you feel this feature to add the site shortcut is useful? What is one of the most used shortcut link on your Android home screen?

FAQs

How to add shortcut links to the sites in the Home Screen with Chrome Android?

To add shortcut links to the sites on the Home screen with Chrome Android, firstly launch the site whose link you wish to add to the Home screen. Now, tap on the three dots>Add to home screen>Add. This will automatically add the shortcut link to the home screen of your Android phone.

Can I manually place the Home screen Shortcut Links with Chrome Android?

Yes, you can manually place the Home Screen shortcut links with Chrome Android.

How can I add a website in the Home Screen with Chrome Android?

Launch the website in Chrome that you wish to add to the home screen. Now, click on the three dots and tap on add to the home screen after which you can directly click on add to add the shortcut automatically to the home screen.

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38 thoughts on “How to Add to Home Screen Shortcut Links with Chrome Android?”

  1. Tom Burson

    “Add to home screen” feature is not present in Chrome currently. How can it be done now?

    1. Editor Staff

      Hi Tom, the feature is available in the latest version of the chrome browser. But, you won’t be able to see the option on the chrome homepage. Perhaps, you need to first open any website for the option to be visible under menu.

    2. SteinIP

      Some pages have an app pointing to their web-page, and then the ‘add to home screen’ option is replaced with an ‘install app’ option.

  2. Matthew Inman

    I want to add a shortcut link to a recurring Google Meet meeting. The instant I enter the link address it opens the Google Meet app. I then do not have the option of creating a shortcut to the link. I tried uninstalling the Meet app, but then it just takes me directly to the Play Store. Thoughts? Thanks!

    1. Editor Staff

      Hi Matthew, Android phones as a feature that automatically opens the link in Supported Apps that are installed. In your case, the link is supported in the Google Meet app, hence you’re facing the issue. If you do not wish to happen, then set the option to don’t allow the link to open in the Meet app.

      Follow these steps:
      1. Launch Android Phone Settings.
      2. Tap to open the Apps and Notification tab.
      3. Choose the Default apps tab.
      4. Within the Default apps, at the bottom, open — Opening links.
      5. Choose the Google Meet app.
      6. Within the Open supported links, choose – Don’t open in this app.

      That’s it. The links will no longer open in the Google Meet app. Let me know how it goes.
      Thank you!

      1. Ehale

        I tried this and it didn’t work

    2. Sharon

      I just switched from Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge to Samsung Galaxy s20. I have a link that moved over with the transfer that used to open in what I just learned here on this page as a pwa, but on the new phone it opens in Chrome browser. I would like to figure out how to get it to open the pwa version.
      I didn’t do anything special to it when I first saved the link to the home page on the old phone, and now I can’t get it that way on my new phone. I prefer the pwa because opening the link is always refreshing a new browser tab, and I want it to stay put on the page that I have linked.
      I would appreciate any help and guidance.

      1. Editor Staff

        Hello Sharon! Here is what I can suggest in your case.

        1. Delete the existing shortcut links that you’ve imported while switching from old Galaxy to new Samsung Galaxy S20.
        2. Clear the cache and cookies within the Chrome browser. This will clear any old traces of the Samsung smart switch.
        3. Now create the shortcut links again follow the steps mentioned in the article.

        If you get the pop-up to add the site as PWA, then it’s well and good. However, if the site already supports PWA, you can just add a shortcut link. Hope this helps!

    3. Not all sites have the feature to add to home screen. Eg twitter mobile sites dont allow it.

      1. Editor Staff

        Perhaps you can add Twitter as a PWA app instead of a shortcut link.

    4. Travis

      THANK YOU for explaining the Progressive Web App detail! It’s been driving me crazy, trying to figure out the difference between some app shortcuts and others

      1. Editor Staff

        Of course, Travis! Progressive Web App is a sort of lightweight native app vs. the site shortcut.

    5. Somchai

      Twitter change this “add a home screen shortcut ” menu to force install app

    6. Jerry

      My add to home screen command is no longer on the list. Any suggestions

    7. David B.

      How do I edit the name of these newly created chrome shortcuts ?? Some of the names are long & cumbersome

      1. Editor

        Hello David, when you tap on Add to Home Screen command it will allow you to edit the shortcut title. Tap and hold the existing shortcut to see the pencil icon for edit, or you can delete the existing shortcut and try adding once again to see the option.

    8. Janice

      I create the shortcuts on my Motorola Edge plus, but sometimes after a reboot they disappear from my home screen. It is annoying for sure.

    9. Minyu Piao

      How can I enable my Instagram chrome short cut notifications?

    10. Richard

      Great, now how do I add the shortcut to Google Chrome’s “New Tab” page under the search bar?
      Some websites go there when I open them, but the ones I want don’t.

      1. Editor

        Hello Richard, those links are dynamic in nature. It appears and disappears based on your usage and visit frequency. The Chrome browser determines the most used site and pin shortcuts to the home screen. We can only remove the shortcut and Chrome Android does not manually allow us to add those shortcut links as Chrome Computer.

    11. How to transfer these links from phone to phone?

      1. Editor

        Sign in with the same Google account on both phones, you’ll find the Phone name listed while sending to connected devices.

        1. I see all my devices, but how do I send to connected devices? Thx.

          1. Editor

            Just tap on the device that you want to send.

        2. I apologize, I am drawing a blank on how to “send” anything. Both phones are signed in, and I tap into my account from Chrome user’s icon.

        3. Thankyou. It’s not exactly what I am looking for, but this may have to do.
          E.g. I have many links saved to the homescreen (say 30+/-); some even in folders and with chosen icons. I was looking for a way to send these exact shortcut files (and/or folders) to a second phone.

          1. Editor

            I think the home screen shortcuts are not synced with Chrome account sign-in as it does for Bookmarks. You need to manually add those links to your second device, unfortunately.

        4. Yes, that is what I have found. Thanks for your continued attention.

        5. Chris

          Hi,
          When I tap the address bar (Chrome on Galaxy A12), in general I get a list of sites I visit frequently (I prefer to use those as shortcuts instead of adding them to my home screen). However, when I’m on the results page in google and tap the address bar, I don’t see them. Is there a way to make them show up? Thanks!

          1. Editor

            Hi Chris, Chrome Android’s address bar fetch the frequently visited site from its database and history records. However, Google’s Search address bar fetches the last searched queries (not the sites) from Google’s database. These two are totally different sources and cannot be merged to show up together. However, there are a few chances that you might see them similar but not the same. Hope this explains!

        6. Once a chrome shortcut is added to the home screen, is there anyway to edit the URL?

          The page I visit automatically adds parameters (search date for instance) which I would like to remove from the shortcut.

          Thanks

          P.S.: chrome home screen shortcuts may become disabled and unsuable after a chrome update. Happenned to me 2 or 3 weeks ago. Quite a pain when you have an extensive number of shortcuts.

        7. Thanks for the tutorial.
          I’m trying to add a link (URL) to my home screen but it seems you can only do this via a browser. My problem with the browser is that it goes to the site and the site may redirect or change the URL.
          i.e. I want mydomain.com but the browser gets mydomain.com/login.php

          Is there any way I can add the URL I want to the home screen without the browser?

          1. Editor

            Hi JJ, do the website you are trying to add need sign-in when you upon the previous exit? I think the site home page is automatically redirecting you to the login page. If that’s the case, then I am afraid that it won’t be possible to add the desired page.

          2. Glenn

            Turning off my connections and putting the device in airplane mode stopped the automatic redirection and allowed me to create the shortcut to the original URL.

        8. Gregg

          How do I get a “link” added to *Chrome’s* home page?

          It used to add my commonly searched for pages at the top of Chrome, about 8 of them.

          Then I deleted history and they were deleted, and none have returned with use.

        9. Mike Scarborough

          Unfortunately, if you create one of these icons using the Add to Home Screen in the latest version of Android and then try to remove it, you will find that tap and hold no longer gives you the option to remove the shortcut.

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