Android Enthusiasts Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for enthusiasts and power users of the Android operating system. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Is it possible to create an icon on my desktop home screen (Android 2.1 Samsung Galaxy) that I can tap to fire up the browser to a specific web site?

share|improve this question
up vote 14 down vote accepted

Create it as a bookmark in the Android browser. Then, long-press your home screen and choose the "Bookmark" option. Select the bookmark you made and Voilà!

For newer versions of Android, assuming you're using the Chrome browser:

  1. Go to the URL you want in the browser
  2. Open the menu (three vertical dots) and choose "Add to Home screen"
  3. Confirm the title you want to give the icon and click "Add"

Et Voilà! You now have an icon on your home screen that will open your browser to that URL.

share|improve this answer

I just want to add that the currently updated browsers such as Chrome for Android and Firefox offers exporting any site opened in a tab as a shortcut to home screen. There is now no need to create a bookmark to make a home screen shortcut.

  • For Chrome, simply open the website, tap Menu button and choose "Add to Home screen".

  • For Firefox, open the website, tap Menu button, go to Page and choose "Add to Home Screen".

share|improve this answer

I was having a problem with adding bookmarks to the home screen with my new Samsung Galaxy Fame, using Android 4.1.2. The 'Add to home screen' option seemed to have disappeared.

The solution seems to be to use the stock browser (not Chrome). Create the bookmark. Long press the new bookmark and select the 'Create Shortcut' option. This places the bookmark on the home screen.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.