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How to Add Your VolunteerMatters website to the Home Screen on Any Smartphone or Tablet

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Your smartphone or tablet’s home screen isn’t just for apps. Whatever platform you’re using, you can pin the VolunteerMatters website to your home screen so you can quickly access it.   This is extremely helpful if you are checking in and out of shifts via your mobile device. 

Android

Launch Chrome for Android and open your VolunteerMatters system (https://customercode.volunteermatters.org)*.  

*Note: Customer Code is the typically the base domain of your website URL.  So if your website is www.myawesomesite.com your customer code would be "myawesomesite".  You can also obtain your customer code from your VolunteerMatters System URL. For more information live chat with us now or submit a support ticket.

Then tap the menu button,

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and then tap "Add to Home screen.".

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You’ll now be able to enter a name for the shortcut and then you can add it manually or have Chrome add it automatically to your home screen.

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The icon will appear on your home screen like any other app shortcut or widget, so you can drag it around and put it wherever you like. 

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Other popular Android browsers also offer this feature. For example, Firefox for Android can do this if you tap the menu button, tap the Page option, tap Add Page Shortcut, and tap Add to Home Screen.

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iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch

Launch the Safari browser on Apple’s iOS and navigate to your VolunteerMatters system (https://customercode.volunteermatters.org)*. 

*Note: Customer Code is the typically the base domain of your website URL.  So if your website is www.myawesomesite.com your customer code would be "myawesomesite".  You can also obtain your customer code from your VolunteerMatters System URL. For more information live chat with us now or submit a support ticket.

Then tap the Share button on the browser’s toolbar — that’s the rectangle with an arrow pointing upward. It’s on the bar at the top of the screen on an iPad, and on the bar at the bottom of the screen on an iPhone or iPod Touch. 

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Tap the "Add to Home Screen" icon in the menu.

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You’ll be prompted to name the shortcut before tapping the Add button.

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The shortcut can be dragged around and placed anywhere, including in app folders — just like a normal app icon. (To create app folders on iOS, touch-and-drag an app’s icon onto another app’s icon and hold it there for a moment.) When you tap the icon, it will load the website in a normal tab inside the Safari browser app.

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Other browsers, like Chrome for iOS, don’t offer this feature. Due the limitations in Apple’s iOS, only Apple’s own Safari browser is allowed to do this.

 


 

If you have another type of smartphone or tablet, it probably has this feature, too. Just open its browser and look in its menu for an option named something like “Add to home screen” or “Pin to home screen.”

To remove a website shortcut from your device’s home screen, just long-press the shortcut and remove it like you would any other app icon.

 

The baseline information in this solution was provided by an article on the How-To Geek website.  Click here to view that article in it's entirety.

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