In iOS 17.3.1, is there a way to put an icon for a webpage onto the home screen so that when clicked it opens Safari in fully-functioning mode, complete with address bar and so on, rather than in a restricted mode that only shows the given webpage?

  • Welcome to Ask Different! You should be able to save a bookmark directly to the Home Screen. I tried it with several different webpages and it opened the bookmark in Safari.
    – fsb
    Feb 11 at 3:20
  • I think that a PWA (Progressive Web App) may cause this issue. Some sites are written as a web app, where the whole site is a javascript app. They can then actually be run offline by the browser. Clicking on such a "save" would probably restrict the browser. Feb 11 at 4:01
  • @fsb - I assume it's opening in Safari because after clicking on the icon on the home screen I can click on links and navigate, and I haven't got any other browsers installed. But there's no address bar at the top or bar with buttons at the bottom for bookmarks, tabs, going back, etc. - there are none of the usual functions that are available when I browse to a webpage. (Everything's fine when I open Safari and type in the URL, or when I click on the icon on the favourites screen.)
    – tell
    Feb 11 at 13:33
  • @RohitGupta - I'm not sure I wholly understand, but the page I'm having this problem with is my own webpage and it doesn't contain or call any Javascript.
    – tell
    Feb 11 at 13:36
  • Is this an attempt to rephrase the same problem as your question with a bounty? We might need to know what web server you have chosen to test this out and design / share your app.
    – bmike
    Feb 11 at 14:04

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You'll want to use shortcuts to do this. Apple intends for the chrome to fade away on Safari 15, so to escape that default behavior, I believe your best bet is to save a workflow to the Home Screen and assign an icon using that mechanism as needed.

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