Instructions: Create an app on the iPhone from a website or URL

Turn the Sir-Apfelot website into an app on the home screen? It's very easy with these instructions.

"Learned something again!" I can say today without any problems. Why? Because I showed my son how to get his school's substitution plan website as an app icon on his iPhone. So he can call up the current substitution plan with one click without much fiddling - as conveniently as if there was a separate app for it ... which the school unfortunately does not offer in reality.

Turn the Sir-Apfelot website into an app on the home screen? It's very easy with these instructions.

Turn the Sir-Apfelot website into an app on the home screen? It's very easy with these instructions.

Why a shortcut to a URL?

Ok, there is also the option to save a bookmark in Safari from iOS. In this way, frequently visited pages can be quickly found again and again with just a few clicks. But what if you need a URL almost every day?

Then it makes sense to have this bookmark directly as a button on the iPhone's home screen. Instead of two, three or four clicks, you only have one click to get to the website you want. It doesn't matter whether you want to save the homepage of a domain or a sub-subpage as a shortcut.

Incidentally, iOS uses the website's favicon for the graphics of the app button. Another reason that webmasters put a little effort into the icons here.

The share sheet (share button) is the solution

The share sheet is used to get the button of a website described above on the home screen. It's the button with the box and the up arrow.

The share sheet can be found not only in Safari on the iPhone but in many other places on iOS.

The share sheet can not only be found in Safari on the iPhone, but in many other places on iOS.

If you have opened any website and press this button, a window opens that offers a variety of options for further processing the link. Among other things, there is the menu item "Add to home screen" in the second line.

In the share sheet you will find the button "Add to home screen". This can be used to create a shortcut that opens a website in Safari.

In the share sheet you will find the button "Add to home screen". This can be used to create a shortcut that opens a website in Safari.

A dialog then follows in which you can assign the name of the shortcuts. Here it is advisable to shorten the name to a minimum so that it can be displayed on the home screen.

The button should be given a name according to the principle short and crisp.

The button should be given a name according to the principle short and crisp.

The app icon can then be seen on the home screen. A tap on it immediately opens the desired website.

The Sir Apfelot website as a tapable app icon on the iPhone.

The Sir Apfelot website as a tapable app icon on the iPhone. Is of course completely unnecessary, since there is the Sir-Apfelot app!

 

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