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How can I edit the URL of a home screen bookmark?

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 ...
axelderhund's user avatar
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How can I add a shortcut to a particular Google Drive document to my Android homescreen?

Here is a slightly different take on Mike's answer, with screenshots: (Click an image to enlarge it) Open the Drive app (not the app for the specific document type; this won't work in the Docs, ...
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Access image file from home screen

Using Google Drive: Upload the photo to Google Drive Open the Drive app and open the photo Open the triple dots menu in the top right Scroll down Select "Add to Home screen" Optionally, ...
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Access image file from home screen

If you have a Samsung device, go to Files and find the picture. Then long press to select it, click "More" on the bottom, then click "Add to home screen".
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Can I prevent home screen shortcuts from getting deleted or moved around?

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 ...
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Chrome and Firefox cannot add specific URL to home screen

tl;dr 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 ...
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How to add desktop shortcut for URL, ignoring web app manifest?

To bypass any site's web app manifest Copy the following code JavaScriptx:<!-- NOTE: JavaScriptx is NOT A TYPO!!! --> if (meta=document.querySelector('meta[name="mobile-web-app-capable&...
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How to add app shortcuts to home screen on the Note 9

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 ...
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Open a new tab in chrome from a shortcut or app

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 ...
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Join an existing Google Meet meeting from the home screen with an URL

Turn off the internet on the device and open the meet URL in a browser. Now, the URL will stay in the adress bar, and you can save it to the home screen the usual way.
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Finding out the intents an app uses internally

You can use adb to check what intents an app uses. The steps to do this are: Enable developer options Under developer options turn on adb debugging Connect phone to computer Get adb logs and grep ...
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How do I add a Google Assistant command to a button on the homescreen?

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 ...
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How can I edit the URL of a home screen bookmark?

Inspired by the airplane mode by @axelderhund, the following is my way. Add any URL you like to home screen Turn on airplane mode, type in your desired URL in your browser, and add to home screen. In ...
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How do I add a desktop link to a youtube video?

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) ...
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Shortcut to a specific folder using the "My Files" file manager

My bad, in fact the app My Files has this option already:
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How can one create a file shortcut inside the Android file system?

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 ...
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How to create a home screen shortcut for a live streaming URL?

Stock android does not offer the possibility of creating custom desktop shortcuts since that's something handled by the launcher which is just an app like any other. While some launchers do offer to ...
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How to create app-like Chrome shortcuts?

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) ...
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Make an Android app keep its spot on the home screen on uninstall/reinstall

Not quite what you asked for, but you could put a Tasker shortcut on the home screen, and have that task just open the app. You could also have that task try different package names in order to ...
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Chrome and Firefox cannot add specific URL to home screen

A solution that works for me: shorten the link with some website like Bitly com turn off the internet access paste a shoterned link to your browser and try to reach it unavailable internet will give ...
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Shortcut/Widget to set a reminder in Google Now

Note 5 - Nova Launcher - Android v6.0.1 (and yes, i am still waiting for the update in AUSTRALIA) find the Google Calender app on your phone (mine is in the drawer) Press/hold the icon to launch the ...
Brett Lewis's user avatar
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Android Phone's Homescreen Shortcut to File on OneDrive

Sure you can. Add a widget and select the folder you want, then Pin it. Source: 10 Tricks to Make Yourself a OneDrive Master
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Add app shortcut to homescreen in Lenovo A7000

Go to your app drawer, long tap on Crome icon then you'll be able to place it on home screen.
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Shortcut to a specific folder using the "My Files" file manager

It's just a matter of your file manager allowing you to create shortcut to a folder. Seems that the default file manager of Samsung(My Files) doesn't provide that feature. Just go for another file ...
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Create 'Add to Home Screen' shortcut for local offline HTML page

1. Using Chrome Browser (without root) If you are looking for a solution using Chrome app, Chrome isn't associated with Html files, thus you can't associate it with HTML files, but you can: P.S: ...
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How to add app shortcuts to home screen on the Note 9

Instead of choosing "Add to Home Screen" simply keep holding the app you wish to create a shortcut for and it will not make a new screen.
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How to create a home screen shortcut for a live streaming URL?

If you have a file manager (I use ES File Manager version 4.1.5.5) that can create shortcuts to the desktop, then it is possible to do what you ask. From ES File Manager, press the file, select More. ...
Reddy Lutonadio's user avatar
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Will "deleting" an icon from the home-screen only delete the icon, or also uninstall the app?

Deleting an icon usually only removes the icon, not the app itself. However, if your launcher's home screen is merged with app drawer of the launcher, then it is likely it would delete the app. In the ...
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Create a widget/shortcut to an app URL?

I'm the creator of the HTTP Request Shortcuts app, and I believe it can be used for what you're describing. You can try this: Open the HTTP Shortcuts app Click the + button at the bottom right to ...
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Add Maps-URL to homescreen

Found a solution. I use the App "Url Shortcut" and add a shortcut to open Chrome to navigate and redirect to Maps. For this the URL needs to be changed: googlechrome://navigate?url=https://...
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