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Add Shortcut Link to Phone’s Home Screen with Chrome on Android

Do you frequently visit a site in Chrome browser? Instead of bookmarking the site link, learn how to add the link to the Android home screen.

Chrome browser offers the option to save the site link as a shortcut to the Android home screen. The option is available under the Menu list.

It allows you to manually add the shortcut to the home screen and select the location. It also installs the site as a Progressive Web Page (if supported), which looks like a native app but is in lite mode.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to add a site or page link as a shortcut on a phone’s home screen using the Chrome app.

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

Use the ‘Add to Home Screen’ option

The shortcut links can be added to the home screen. These shortcuts help relaunch a website or a PWA app on the browser. Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Launch the Chrome app for Android.
  2. Open the website that you need to create the shortcut link.
  3. Tap on the More vertical 3-dots icon 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 the 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 completely exit or close the Chrome browser and then tap on the shortcut link, it will automatically launch the website on your browser.

Bottom Line

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.

Similarly, you can also create a desktop shortcut link on the Chrome computer. The PWA apps on the desktop are installed as Chrome web apps.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified Analytics & IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with an Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

8 comments and feedback

    1. Hello Alex, I can see the option is available. You need to first open any webpage or site that you need to add to Home Screen. The option will be hidden when you try to access on Chrome browser’s Start Page or New Tab page.

      1. I don’t get it. Instructions in article; “Launch Chrome…3 dots… click add to…”
        Then ” The action will…hidden…from Chrone’s browzer’s….”

        I used this function often, then it disappeared. I’ve since had MANY phones and looked high and low on each one for the option- zero luck. I’ve also tried any settings solutions that seemed feasible, to no avail. If I read “Restart your phone” or clear your cache one more time for a fix I think my head’ll explode. At least no one has recommended removing your battery for 15 minutes…. SSHEEESH!
        At this point, I’d be content just to know why Chrome or Google, or whomever (God?!?) removed my beloved “Add to homepage” option.
        Rant over.

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