If you have an iPhone, and you have websites you visit regularly, did you know you can create a shortcut that looks just like an app? Just click the app, and you go immediately to that web page.
For example, I see the Empire State Building a lot and it’s always a different color. I like to go to whatcoloristheempirestatebuilding.com from my phone, and see what the ESB is honoring! So I made myself a shortcut to that site, on my iPhone home screen.
Here’s how to set up an iPhone shortcut to a website:
- Open up Safari on the iPhone and go to the web page you want to be your shortcut.
- At the bottom of the page, click on the box with the up arrow in it. (If you’re not running iOS 7, it will instead look like a rectangle with an arrow pointing to the right.)
- Choose “Add to home screen.”
- Name your “app” shortcut whatever you want.
That’s it! You should get an app on your iPhone that’s a shortcut to the web page you chose.
Unfortunately I haven’t found a way to change the image of the “app” shortcut. Unless the website has created a special icon for this, you’ll just get a mini version of the page design.