Add To Homescreen

Here the web app install banner is focused on web app, with the feature of add to homescreen.

Browser Support for Add To Homescreen

Add to Homescreen functionality is currently supported by:

  • Chrome
  • iOS Safari

You can see the latest status of browser support of this feature here.

On Android

On Android, the “add to homescreen” banner comes up automatically if you meet certain requirements. This is what it should look like on Android:

Add to homescreen promptWhen app launched



include a manifest.json file with the following properties:

  • short name
  • name
  • 192x192 size of png icon
  • start_url
  • include a service worker that is both registered and activated
  • the website served over HTTPS (you can still try this with localhost without HTTPS)
  • the website meets engagement heuristics defined by Chrome


  "name": "FreeCodeCamp",
  "short_name": "FreeCodeCamp",
  "theme_color": "#00FF00",
  "background_color": "#00FF00",
  "display": "standalone",
  "Scope": "/",
  "start_url": "/",
  "icons": [
      "src": "assets/images/icons/icon-72x72.png",
      "sizes": "72x72",
      "type": "image/png"
      "src": "assets/images/icons/icon-96x96.png",
      "sizes": "96x96",
      "type": "image/png"
      "src": "assets/images/icons/icon-128x128.png",
      "sizes": "128x128",
      "type": "image/png"
      "src": "assets/images/icons/icon-144x144.png",
      "sizes": "144x144",
      "type": "image/png"
      "src": "assets/images/icons/icon-152x152.png",
      "sizes": "152x152",
      "type": "image/png"
      "src": "assets/images/icons/icon-192x192.png",
      "sizes": "192x192",
      "type": "image/png"
      "src": "assets/images/icons/icon-384x384.png",
      "sizes": "384x384",
      "type": "image/png"
      "src": "assets/images/icons/icon-512x512.png",
      "sizes": "512x512",
      "type": "image/png"
  "splash_pages": null
  • name is the name of the web app. (It will be shown in the launch screen)
  • short name is the short name of the web app. (It will be shown below the icon of phone menu)
  • theme_color is the color of the top of the browser.
  • background_color is the background color of the launch screen.
  • display is the way the web app should display once launched on the phone.
  • start_url define the starting url of the website.
  • icons is an array that store all the images location, sizes and type.

On other devices

Although this method does not work on iOS and Windows, there is a fallback method.


On iOS, the “add to homescreen” button must be added manually. Add the following meta tags to the head section of your HTML to support iOS web app icon.

<meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-capable" content="yes">
<meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-status-bar-style" content="green">
<meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-title" content="FreeCodeCamp">
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/assets/images/icons/icon-72x72.png" sizes="72x72">
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/assets/images/icons/icon-96x96.png" sizes="96x96">
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/assets/images/icons/icon-128x128.png" sizes="128x128">
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/assets/images/icons/icon-144x144.png" sizes="144x144">
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/assets/images/icons/icon-152x152.png" sizes="152x152">
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/assets/images/icons/icon-192x192.png" sizes="192x192">
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/assets/images/icons/icon-384x384.png" sizes="384x384">
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/assets/images/icons/icon-512x512.png" sizes="512x512">


On windows phone, add the following meta tags to the head section of your HTML:

<meta name="msapplication-TileImage" content="/assets/images/icons/icon-144x144.png">
<meta name="msapplication-TileColor" content="green">