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.
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:
- Launch the Chrome for Android App.
- Open the Website that you need to create the shortcut link.
- Tap on for menu options.
- Select the 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. This way, you can add a shortcut to the home screen.
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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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