How to Save a Website to the Home Screen on Your iPad

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You can save a website to your iPad's home screen and use it just like an app. Doing this is a great way to get quick access to your favorite sites, especially ones you use throughout the day. It also means you can create a folder full of websites on your iPad. You can also drag the website's app icon to the dock at the bottom of the home screen. 

When you launch a website from your home screen, you open the Safari browser with a link to the website. So after your session, you can either quit Safari or continue browsing the web as usual. Here's how to keep your most-used sites handy at all times.

Pinning a Website to Your Home Screen

  1. Open the website you want to save to the home screen in the Safari browser.

  2. Tap the Share button.

    Save website to iPad Home screen
  3. Tap Add to Home Screen.

    Add webpages to home screen on iPad
  4. A window will appear with the name of the site, the URL, and an icon. To give the link a new name, tap on the name field.

    Add website to home screen
  5. Tap the Add button in the top-right corner of the window to complete the task.

    Add website to home screen
  6. Safari will close, and you will see an icon for the website on your home screen.

What Else Can You Do With the Share Button?

Safari's Share menu has several more options to save, share, and read web pages. Here are some other things you can do through this screen:

  • Message. Use this option to send a link to a friend via text message. 
  • Mail. This option is similar to Message, but instead of sending a text message, you can email a friend the link. This option brings up the normal compose email screen, so you can type out a complete message to accompany the link.
  • AirDrop. AirDrop lets you quickly share files with iPhones and iPads nearby as long as they also have AirDrop activate. They will usually need to be in your contacts list, although you can set AirDrop to detect any nearby device. Their contact picture will show up in the AirDrop area (if they don't have a picture, it will show their initials) and you can tap the icon to share a website, photo, or just about anything with them.
  • Add to Notes. When you don't want to bookmark a website, but you still want to save the link for later reference, tap this option. Add to Reading List is also a good option for this, but by adding a Note, you can get to the link from almost any device using iCloud
  • Facebook. If you have your iPad connected to Facebook, you can quickly post a link to the article on your feed. You can also share on Twitter.
  • Add to iBooks as PDF. You can convert any web page to a PDF with this option. Use this option for really long articles, and because it copies everything on the web page, you will get all photos, images, and diagrams as well.
  • Print. If you have an AirPrint printer, you can quickly print out a web page.
  • Request Desktop Site. If you hit a web page that stubbornly gives you a mobile-optimized and not-quite-fully-functional page, you can use this feature to request the desktop version.