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

Learn how to add a home screen shortcut links from Google Chrome on Android. These shortcut link work exactly the same as we have on the desktop shortcuts.

If you frequently visit a website or a blog on your Chrome browser, then it’s a good idea to make a shortcut link on the home screen. This will eliminate a few steps and also make life easier. Just like we have shortcut links on desktop and laptops, the shortcut will be visible on the Android phone home screen.

Few shortcuts also add into 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.

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

The PWA apps are the best way to keep the phone lightweight and also eliminate background data usage.

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 chrome browser.

Here are the steps to add shortcut link on Chrome Android 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 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.

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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 and automatically or manually on the selected location on the android phone home screen.

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

Do you feel this feature is useful? How exactly do you use this?

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

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7 Responses

  1. Tom Burson says:

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

    • Kushal Azza says:

      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. Matthew Inman says:

    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!

    • Kushal Azza says:

      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!

  3. seerat says:


  4. Sharon says:

    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.

    • Kushal Azza says:

      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! //KushalAzza

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