How To Add a Website to Your iPad Home Screen

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Those of you who have used an iPad for a while will want to look away from this post, as it’s a very basic tip. For those of you who are newer users, I hope it will prove useful.

If you have a website you visit often and enjoy reading, say for instance a lovely iPad-focused site such as this one, and you’d like to add a shortcut to it to your home screen, it’s very easy to do.

Here’s how it’s done:

– Open Mobile Safari and browse to the site that you would like to create a home screen icon for. Be sure to stay on the home page of the site in question.

– Tap on the ‘Share’ icon just to the left of the address bar – the one that loos like an envelope with an arrow coming out of it.


– Tap on ‘Add to Home Screen’ on the popup you get after tapping the Share button.

– This will give you another popup, where you can accept the name for the new home screen button or edit it to whatever name you’d like for the site shortcut. I use JAiB as an abbreviation for Just Another iPad Blog. Once you have the name as you like it, tap on the Add button.

That’s it. You will then have a new home screen icon that will launch that site for you each time you tap it.

Hope this was helpful for some of you, and hope JAiB may find a home on your home screen.

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Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

6 thoughts on “How To Add a Website to Your iPad Home Screen

    • You need to add a favicon.ico file with the image you want to use to the root folder of your site. Not sure if you’re allowed to do this with a site.

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