How to Create a Home Screen Icon That Opens Facebook’s Website on Android “Android :: Gadget Hacks

If you don’t want the bulky, permission-hungry Facebook app on your phone, the perfect solution is to create an app icon for the Facebook mobile site on your home screen. The website version of Facebook doesn’t run background tasks, doesn’t have annoying notifications by default, you won’t give Facebook as much data, and your phone’s battery life will be improved. .

In order to reap the benefits of Facebook not following you as much or using your device’s battery and resources, you will need to delete the Facebook app. If you have personally installed the Facebook app, simply uninstall it. If the Facebook app was preinstalled on your device as bloatware, you can follow the guide below on how to remove a preloaded version of Facebook from your device.

Add the Facebook site to your home screen

First of all, I will mention that it requires Google Chrome. So to get started, log into Facebook from the Chrome app. Once you’re on the main page, tap the three-dot menu button at the top right, then select “Add to Home Screen.”

Here you will see a pop-up window allowing you to change the name of the new shortcut. By default, it is set to “Facebook”, which you can change, but you cannot change the icon. Press the “Add” button to add the bookmark to your home screen. After doing this, the Facebook web app will be on your home screen.

The Facebook Chrome bookmark will have a Facebook icon and look like an app, but you won’t find it in the app drawer – it will only be available on your home screen. Every time you launch the Facebook bookmark, it will open Google Chrome on the same Facebook tab, it will not launch a new tab.

When using the Facebook website, you may sometimes be asked to sign in again. I haven’t been asked to log in after three weeks yet. Depending on your Google Chrome settings, you may or may not receive notifications from Facebook. If you want to change your Google Chrome notifications settings, please see here.

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