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 of the same on the home screen. This will eliminate a few steps and also make life easier. Just like we have shortcut links on desktops and laptops, the shortcut will be visible on the Android phone’s home screen.

Few shortcuts also add 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 for the same. It makes browsing easier and also does 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 to 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.

Video on Add to Home screen on Chrome Android

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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 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 to add the site shortcut is useful? What is one of the most used shortcut link on your Android home screen?

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31 Responses

  1. Tom Burson says:

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

    • Editor Staff 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!

    • Editor Staff 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!

      • Ehale says:

        I tried this and it didn’t work

  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.

    • Editor Staff 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!

  5. Tsr says:

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

    • Editor Staff says:

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

  6. Travis says:

    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

    • Editor Staff says:

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

  7. Somchai says:

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

  8. Jerry says:

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

  9. David B. says:

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

    • Editor says:

      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.

  10. Janice says:

    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.

  11. Minyu Piao says:

    How can I enable my Instagram chrome short cut notifications?

  12. Richard says:

    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.

    • Editor says:

      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.

  13. LouF says:

    How to transfer these links from phone to phone?

    • Editor says:

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

      • LouF says:

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

        • Editor says:

          Just tap on the device that you want to send.

  14. LouF says:

    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.

  15. LouF says:

    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.

    • Editor says:

      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.

  16. LouF says:

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

  17. Chris says:

    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!

    • Editor says:

      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!

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