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.
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:
- Launch the Chrome for Android App.
- Open the Website that you need to create the shortcut link.
- Tap on for menu options.
- Select Add to Home Screen option from the list.
- Tap on the Add command.
- Here you can touch and hold to place manually OR
- Select Add Automatically command.
- The Shortcut link will be created on the Home screen of your Android phone.
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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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.
|Chrome Windows||Chrome Mac||Chrome iOS||Chrome Android||Firefox Linux|
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