How to Add Safari Website Shortcuts to iPad's Home Screen

For iPads Running iOS 8 and Above

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The iPad's home screen displays icons that allow you to navigate your device's many applications and settings quickly. Among these apps is Safari, Apple's venerable web browser, which is included with all its operating systems. It enjoys a long history of cutting-edge features, continuous updates, security protections, and ongoing enhancements.

The version that comes bundled with iOS (Apple's mobile operating system) is tailored to the touch-centered mobile-device experience, with features that make it a convenient, easy-to-use surfing tool. One feature that's especially useful is the ability to put shortcuts to your favorite websites right on your iPad's home screen. It's an easy, fast, must-learn trick that'll save you lots of time and frustration. 

How to Add a Home Screen Icon for a Website

  1. Open the browser by tapping on the Safari icon, typically located on your home screen. The main browser window should now be visible.
  2. Navigate to the web page that you wish to add as a home screen icon.
  3. Tap on the Share button at the bottom of the browser window. It's represented by a square with an up arrow in the foreground.
  4. The iOS Share Sheet will now appear, overlaying the main browser window. Select the option labeled Add to Home Screen.
  5. The Add to Home interface should now be visible. Edit the name of the shortcut icon you are creating. This text is important: It represents the title that will be displayed on the home screen. Once you are done, tap the Add button.
  6. You will be taken back to your iPad's home screen, which now contains a new icon mapped to your chosen web page.