How to Add Safari Shortcuts to an iPhone Home Screen

Open website links quickly on any iOS device

If you're using the Safari browser on an iOS device, it's easy to create shortcuts on the Home screen that will open directly to your favorite websites. This is an easy way to access your most-used sites quickly.

Here's how to create Home screen website shortcuts on your iOS device.

The instructions in this article apply to all iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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How to Add Safari Shortcuts to Your iOS Home Screen

Whether you want to access your favorite news site, webmail account, stock market website, or anything else, it's easy to create a quick Safari shortcut.

  1. Launch Safari and navigate to a website you frequently visit.

  2. Tap the Bookmark icon at the bottom of the screen (it resembles a box with an upward-pointing arrow).

  3. Tap Add to Home Screen.

  4. Accept the suggested name for the shortcut, or enter one you like better, then tap Add to save the new shortcut icon to the home screen.

    Making a home screen shortcut in Safari
  5. You'll now see the new icon next to all your other app icons. If you have a lot of apps, you may need to scroll through several screens to find it. To use the icon, just tap it to go directly to the saved website in Safari.

Make a Bookmarks Folder for Website Icons

If you want easy access to multiple web bookmarks, repeat the website-icon-creation process with other websites, and then save them all in one folder.

Press and hold one of the icons until they all start to wiggle. Then touch and drag one website icon on top of another to create a folder. Add other website icons to the same folder by dragging and dropping them.