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

For iPads running iOS 7 and above

The iPad home screen displays icons for navigating through your applications and settings. Among these apps is Safari, Apple's web browser, which is included with all its operating systems. It has a history of cutting-edge features, continuous updates, security protections, and ongoing enhancements.

Apple designed the version that comes with iPadOS around the touch-centered mobile device experience. It's loaded with features that make it a convenient, easy-to-use web surfing tool. One especially useful feature is the ability to put shortcuts to your favorite web pages on the iPad Home screen. Here's how to do it.

The information in this article applies to iPads with iOS 7 or later (including iPadOS 13). In some versions, the Share button is at the bottom of the screen instead of at the top.

How to Add a Home Screen Icon for a Web Page

Making a Home screen icon for a web page that you visit frequently saves time. Here's how to do it.

  1. Select the Safari icon to open the main browser window.

    Safari on an iPad
  2. Go to the web page that you want to add as a Home screen icon. Select the Share button at the top of the browser window. It's represented by a square with an up arrow.

    Safari for iPad with the Share button highlighted
  3. In the window that opens, scroll across and select Add to Home Screen.

    The Add to Home Screen button
  4. In the interface that opens, edit the name of the shortcut icon you are creating, if needed. This step is optional, but a short name is best. It represents the title that displays on the Home screen under the icon.

    The title of a Safari shortcut
  5. Select Add to save the shortcut.

    The Add button
  6. Your iPad's Home screen now contains an icon that takes you directly to your chosen web page.

    If you have multiple home screens, it may appear on a screen that isn't filled.

    A Safari shortcut on an iPad

You can move the shortcut and organize it like any other app icon. When you no longer need it, delete it in the same way that you would delete apps from the iPad.