Want to make your iPhone home screen look snazzy with bookmarks? It’s pretty simple with iOS 17. With a few taps, you can add shortcuts to your favorite websites right on your home screen. Let’s dive in and I’ll show you how it’s done!
You can also watch this video about how to create home screen bookmarks on an iPhone for more on this topic.
Step by Step Tutorial: iOS 17 Home Screen Bookmarks on iPhone
Before we start, understand that adding bookmarks to your home screen can make your life easier. You’ll have quick access to the sites you visit most often. No more fumbling through your browser’s bookmarks or typing in URLs. Ready? Let’s go!
Step 1: Open Safari
Open Safari on your iPhone. This is where you’ll create the bookmark from.
Using Safari, navigate to the website you want to add to your home screen. It’s important to note that this method only works with Safari, not other browsers.
Step 2: Tap the Share Icon
Look for the share icon (it looks like a box with an arrow pointing up) and tap it.
The share icon is usually located at the bottom of the screen on an iPhone. If you don’t see it, try scrolling up or tapping the screen to reveal the toolbar.
Step 3: Choose “Add to Home Screen”
From the share menu, scroll until you find the “Add to Home Screen” option and tap it.
You might have to swipe left on the bottom row of icons in the share menu to find the “Add to Home Screen” option.
Step 4: Name Your Bookmark
Give your bookmark a name. This is what will appear on your home screen, so make it something recognizable.
You can also edit the URL if you want to bookmark a specific part of a website. When you’re done, tap “Add” in the top right corner.
After completing these steps, you’ll see a new icon on your home screen representing the website you bookmarked. It works just like an app; tap it, and you’ll be taken directly to the site.
Tips for iOS 17 Home Screen Bookmarks on iPhone
- Rearrange your bookmarks by tapping and holding, then dragging them to a new spot.
- Group bookmarks into folders by dragging one bookmark onto another.
- Use custom icons for your bookmarks to make them stand out.
- Delete a bookmark by tapping and holding it, then selecting “Remove from Home Screen.”
- Refresh your bookmarks periodically to ensure they link to the correct web pages.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many bookmarks can I add to my home screen?
You can add as many bookmarks to your home screen as you like, just remember that it can get cluttered!
Can I add bookmarks from browsers other than Safari?
No, this feature is specific to Safari on iOS 17.
Is it possible to change the icon of a bookmark?
Yes, you can use a custom image for the bookmark icon before adding it to your home screen.
Will these bookmarks sync with my other Apple devices?
Yes, if you have iCloud Safari syncing enabled, your bookmarks will be available across all your devices.
Can I share my home screen bookmarks with someone else?
You can’t directly share home screen bookmarks, but you can share the link through messaging or email.
- Open Safari
- Tap the Share Icon
- Choose “Add to Home Screen”
- Name Your Bookmark
Adding home screen bookmarks on your iPhone with iOS 17 is a breeze, and it sure can make your digital life a tad more convenient. Think about all the time you’ll save not having to type in URLs or sift through your bookmarks. Plus, it’s a great way to personalize your home screen and keep your most-visited sites right at your fingertips. Remember, though, with great power comes great responsibility—don’t go overboard and clutter your home screen with bookmarks! Keep it tidy, and you’ll enjoy the simplicity and efficiency that home screen bookmarks can bring to your iPhone experience. Give it a go, and happy browsing!
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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