Editing URL for Home Screen web shortcuts

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Baron58, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. Baron58 macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2004
    OK, so you can bookmark a webpage and then edit its URL later. Easy enough.

    However, when you create an icon on the home screen for a website, I can't seem to find any way to correct the URL after the fact. I need to pass certain parameters in the URL to auto-log-in to a site, but after the page loads, it changes the URL so what I bookmark doesn't have the URL as I'd like it.

    Does anyone know of a convenient way to edit the URL that a home-screen shortcut points to?

  2. thelatinist macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    After fiddling around with it for a few minutes, I can't see any obvious way of doing this. Sorry.
  3. Pooshka macrumors 65816

    Jun 28, 2008

    1. Open Safari
    2. Close all pages; you should see a blank untitled page
    3. In the address bar, type your desired final URL
    4. Hit the Go button and then the Stop button thereupon
    5. Add to Home Screen

  4. Baron58 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2004
    OK, so it wasn't just me....

    I did this and got the shortcut that I was wanting, so my immediate problem is solved. I'm hoping that Apple provides a way to do it "right" in the future.

  5. nevilley, Jun 22, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2012

    nevilley macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2012
    Session URL problem - continued

    I know this is a very old one but I stumbled across it while looking for help. Apologies if this is a massive FAQ and discussed to death elsewhere.

    I tried the proposed solution, thank you, but could not make it work as I couldn't stop it fast enough to prevent it from loading a new, long, session URL.

    What did work for me, though, was this: put the device in Airplane mode, type in the bare URL, tell it to go there - it fails. Then use that URL to make the home screen icon - and it seems (if you have been careful that it really has failed onto a version with no session data) that you've got a clean version on your home screen. Take it out of airplane mode and check.

    To be honest this worked like a charm for me on the iPad; on the iPhone it was fiddly and took several goes to get right, in which I kept getting a version with session data captured - but in the end it was fine. I was maybe just careless/unlucky at first.

    I'm sorry it's such a late reply and very sorry if it's useless or a massive duplication. I just hoped it might help someone, or perhaps me as my memory gets worse! :)
  6. sakau2007 macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    This is one of many incredibly simple and obvious things that aren't part of iOS and there's really no reason for it to be missing

    now it is just time to wait for someone who believes steve jobs was god to defend it
  7. nevilley macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2012
    Indeed, but I'm just happy that there's a workaround. The point at which I actually go nuts is when they've "protected me from myself" so well that I can't do anything at all! :)
  8. dakwar macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2010
    I'm using iOS 6.0.2 on iPad mini. I want to add http://www.economist.com/printedition/ to the home screen but every time I try, it adds http://www.economist.com/printedition/2012-12-22 as the link, which will load Dec 22's issue every time as opposed to the latest issue, in the future.

    The tricks mentioned here for customizing the home screen URL don't work. When wifi is enabled I can't click the stop button soon enough. When the iPad is in airplane mode, the button to add the address to the home screen is grayed out and not selectable.

    Anyone have any new ideas? Thanks in advance.
  9. worldlysaint macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2014
    There is sort of an app for that

    Try the App Icons app. This free app has a lot of cutesy premade icons for commonly used apps on the iPhone, but it also has a section called "Icon Maker" where you can create your own icon for a URL, which once created is passed directly to Safari, where you then save it as a desktop shortcut. Seems to work OK and also allows you to jazz up the icon to a degree, if you wish.
  10. jaknudsen macrumors member


    Jan 25, 2005
    Oslo, Norway
  11. slapple macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2008
    Thanks! I was looking for a way to edit a Safari URL for a home screen icon. This works great!

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