I havent been able to find an intuitive way to modify a desktop shortcut's URL, but I have found a workaround for the problem.
Put your phone in airplane mode and disable WiFi to turn off all internet access
Open the Chrome browser
Type in the URL you are trying to set a shortcut for
Press enter and the browser will alert you that you are currently in an ...
Here is a slightly different take on Mike's answer, with screenshots:
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Open the Drive app (not the app for the specific document type; this won't work in the Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc. apps)
Click the 3 dots (or touch-and-hold) to open the context menu on the document
Scroll down if needed and click "add to homescreen"
You'll need an app like Tasker than can assign actions with activity launches. Create a New Task, name it, and Add an action. Go to System → Send Intent. Then fill out these fields:
To prevent deleting or moving your home screen Icons accidentally
On your Android version 7 or up.
Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch and hold delay.
Now Select Short, Medium, or Long or custom delay
It worked for me.
To bypass any site's web app manifest...
Copy the following code...
if (meta=document.querySelector('meta[name="mobile-web-app-capable"]')) meta.parentNode.removeChild(meta);
if (mani=document.querySelector('link[rel="manifest"]')) mani.parentNode.removeChild(mani);
First, check if your time and weather widget are taking too much space.
To check: long press on that particular widget and you will see how much of space it is taking.
If you are using two different widgets for time and weather, it's recommended to use one by choosing it from:
Tap Widgets from lower settings appearing on your screen,
Right swipe widgets ...
Same happened to me on my NOTE 3, and what I found was I had inadvertently TURNED OFF the CONTACTS app.
On Samsung phones go to Settings, General tab, Application Manager scroll to the last page labeled "TURNED OFF". Click on the app you need to turn on and select Turn On.
That did it for me.
I don't think it's possible to add a shortcut to the "add reminder" card at the moment. I've had a look through the Activities as well and none of them appear to do what you want.
There is a "Set reminder" option in the menu within Google Now which may help? Click the three dots at the bottom right (you might need to scroll down) and you should see the "Set ...
You can't with the stock launcher, but in Nova Launcher you can multi-select apps in the Add to Home screen list and add them all at once to either the home screen or a folder. I've also read that LG Lucid's default launcher has a customization that adds this feature. There may be other launchers that can do it, but those are the only ones I know of.
Solution for Android 7.1 (API level 25) and higher
If you're using a launcher which supports App Shortcuts you can:
Long-press the Chrome icon to bring up shortcuts.
Long-press the New tab shortcut and drag to desired location.
Use the new shortcut to launch Chrome with a new tab.
Don't know if you found an answer or not but here is what I did. It requires Desktop VisualizeR.
Open Chrome on your mobile device and search for "Google Now Add Reminder". This will initiate a reminder card through through Chrome. In Chrome Menu select "Share..." Then select "DVR save to clipboard". Then create the shortcut on your home screen using the ...
That "thing" is called "Homescreen" or "Launcher" (depending on what aspect of it is addressed). And you can long-press an empty space on it, then select to add an app, shortcut, or widget. Selecting "app" should list up all available apps, so you can pick the one you want on your homescreen. That's it, you should now find an icon on your homescreen to ...
Your situation is due to the Auto add widget due to which when ever you install an app it wall automatically add an widget on your home screen thereby increasing the home screen count also.
I will first solve your home screen problem and below I will also give a screen shot where the problem can be solved for the future also.
The below steps is easy to ...
The Android Power Control widget has been part of the base Android setup since version 2.1.
While the icons can vary by OS version and manufacturer, by and large it has five buttons that give you quick access to enable/disable WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and Sync, and also gives quick access to the screen brightness settings.
If that's not to your taste, there ...
Depending on the type of Home launcher, there are options to turn on/off icon labels. Check in Andorid Settings - Home, if not found, try long press on an empty part of the home screen, then check if you have options for Launcher settings (which are not the same as the Phone's settings). For Home Launchers like Go, L-Home, KK Launcher, and others, you can ...
I found a way to do this! (It's a bit fiddly).
Find your YouTube video
View the website in Desktop mode
Shorten the URL (using goo.gl)
Turn off Wi-Fi (so the shortened URL won't get to youtube.com)
Enter the shortened URL in your address bar on chrome
You should get a no internet error
Add that page to your home screen
Voila! Now enable Wi-Fi again and the ...
What you are looking for is called symbolic linking
ln -s command is your friend. Now depending on your device and the file manager you use, this process can differ. I don't think you'll need root for this, but if your device doesn't come with symbolic linking by default, you'll need root to add this.
And like the other comment said, it's better to use a ...
You wait for the web app developer to implement Chrome's WebAPK on Android feature/requirements.
From the following post: How to Remove Chrome Logo from PWA App Home Screen Link (Android O Preview)
Digging through the comments on the accepted answer from Anand dated Dec 17, 2018:
If you are asking how to avoid chrome icon, as long as your went [sic] app ...
Since asking this question, Google has release an app called Action Blocks which does literally exactly what I'm asking for in this question.
With it, you can create "actions" which are either from one of the predefined examples or you can type in arbitrary text which would be parsed as if you typed (or said) it into google assistant directly. These actions ...
Using the browsers' "Add to Home Screen" (A2HS) feature may not open the expected link due to the browsers trying to comply with the standard of Progressive Web Application (PWA). Try other approaches instead, like using app widgets or 3rd-party apps altogether (examples below).
Progressive Web Application (PWA), Manifest file, and Add to ...
There is no common desktop in Android. The desktop or the better term, the Home screen and its content changes based on the Launcher currently set as default. Desktop is also no directory in Android unlike traditional Linux distributions where you can simply browse them using command-line or a file manager.
Anyhow, most of the Launchers including the stock ...
Go to your home screen, long press on any area then choose to add "Shortcut" => "Activities". Then you'll see a long expandable list. You need to find here "Downloads". Click on it to expand it and then choose second entry - ".DownloadList"
(Tested on Android 4.4.2 - Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini)
It's a shame that this isn't built into Android. Fortuantely, there are now many apps that can do that (mostly a side functionality of file manager apps).
If you just need a lightweight standalone app for this, I can recommend File Shortcut.
In fact it's easy to do using a file explorer application.
I used ES File Explorer but I suspect other programs have the same feature.
Using ES File Explorer, you have to navigate to the file, then do a long click on the file icon until a menu appears. Then you choose Shortcut. Nothing shows the operation works but a new icon will be present in the ...
This is not an add-on app to a preexisting launcher but, there's a very thoughtfully designed, lightweight launcher called Smart Launcher that has an important feature called "Prevent Modifications," which solves the problem of accidental moving/deletion of app icons.
My relative who's not good with tech finds it easy to use (this was after she complained ...