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How to: Set Mobile Safari homepage, a work around

20 May 2012 8,574 views 5 Comments

Although iOS 5.1 is easily the most advanced mobile operating system, it is nevertheless incomplete and a work in progress. A case in point is the inability to set a website as a homepage in Mobile Safari. Nevertheless, there is an effective if less than fully graceful work around.

Although you can’t configure Mobile Safari to open a specific website each you open it, you can save a shortcut for any website to your idevice’s home screen.

On your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, open Safari and navigate to the website or webpage you would like to set as your homepage. After the page has fully loaded, tap the iOS Share button (image above) and from the drop down menu choose Add Link to Home Screen.

Whereas I always keep at least one open space on my first home screen — a good habit to get into as new apps always show up there — the link you just made will populate the first available empty spot.

That said, I’ve also used the “Add to Home Screen” trick to save intern radio station bookmarks for quick access — yes, you can stream internet radio stations without an app on your iPhone (link below).

Have a good iOS tip or trick? Share it in the comments below…

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