Alright so many of you might file this under the, "Yeah, of course you can do this" category, the number of folks I've seen sharing this tip today leads me to believe that the whole add web sites to your home screen thing has become lost knowledge in the modern days of the App Store. Back in the day before the App Store existed, Apple's answers to folks looking to have third party apps on their phone was having people build web apps that operated inside of a browser, then saving them as bookmarklets to the home screen. Thinking back on it, it was a little absurd how excited we were to add things like basic tip calculators to the home screen of our first generation iPhones, but, hey, different times and all.

This morning I detailed plans we have for the future of the site now that the app doesn't work in iOS 11 anymore. Additionally, I wrote up a guide on how to keep getting push notifications. We're still working on Watch List functionality, but in the meantime, here's a super easy way to keep TouchArcade on your home screen in iOS 11 if you're used to visiting us through hitting an app icons:

First thing to do is just load up in Safari, like you normally would visit the site without using the app. From there, you hit the button which brings up the share sheet, which I circled in red. Depending on how much third party software you have that has put things in your share sheet, you might need to scroll to the right a little bit, but you're looking for "Add to Home Screen." Press that, and you'll get the next screen:

Here you can edit what the icon is named, which just defaults to "TouchArcade." Hit "Add" and blammo, you've now got an app icon on your home screen that brings you directly to that looks just like the old TouchArcade app. It's not a super great replacement, but this is how you will access the "new" TouchArcade once the new mobile view launches. If you've got the site set up like this on your phone, one day you'll just automagically get the new site.

Again, if you're a veteran in the iOS space this tip might be ultra obvious, but if you got your first iPhone after the App Store launched chances are you might not have even known this was a thing. If that describes you, well, hopefully you add TouchArcade to your home screen using the simple method outlined above.

  • Sarah Rocklin

    Ha! I'm so proud of myself. I saw a mention of doing that in the comments in one of the previous articles and figured it out all. by. myself! (patting myself on my back, spraining my shoulder)

  • KevinMatchstick

    I just upgraded my iPad to ios 11. I was dinking around with new features and then a TouchArcade notification came up. I thought that wasn’t supposed to happen. I can’t open the app, of course. Maybe the iPad is just in a funky state?

    • HelperMonkey

      Phantom limb syndrome?
      You're iPad knows something's missing!

  • dasker4444

    and you think that is the solution? rather update the App

    • Brian E

      As Touch Arcade has stated probably a couple dozen times now, due to the App Store restrictions on the content (restrictions on what they believe is a "third-party app store app"), they are and have been unable to update their app for several years now. Because of this, their 32-bit app has been removed from the app store, and this is the only way forward for now.

      • HelperMonkey

        (A couple of dozen times, and again TODAY, even.)

      • Orest

        TA could remove some stuff from the app. But no, they prefer to die. Wow. Idiots. It has been the biggest and most famous ios gaming website since the very beginning. And now its dead due to the idiotic admins and paranoid rules and politics of TA.

  • Ghost

    Please change the icon back to the white one that you used to have when saving the page to the home screen. The app icon is hideous.

    • Caminagetcha

      Yeah just put back the whyte icon. That one is awefull

  • RinoaHeartily

    The day has come!!!

  • threeboy

    your unread notifications are giving me mad anxiety, bruh

    • FuZion

      Yeah, those notifications look wrong! I'd just turn badges off at this point.

  • aussiepaul

    Will this app still work
    for those not going to ios 11.
    I have a 2nd iphone ( 4s ) I use for my 32 bit apps 😀

  • DanCJ

    That was the first thing I did when I installed the ios11 public beta a few weeks ago - and I got a much nicer icon than the one you’re showing there.

    • DanCJ

      And now I just used the shortcut it’s changed to the ugly icon 🙁

  • tex42

    I'm pretty sure I pushed all the buttons I could find and I guess there's no way to do this from Chrome. Feel free to point out the error in my ways.

  • David Cupples

    Feedly is an awesome rss reader that can give you push notifications for new stories, makes articles clean and simple to read and automatically removes any ads. Even before iOS 11 I started getting all my gaming sites through Feedly. A million times nicer than going to any of the websites.

    • jabbasoft

      Yeah I get my nerd reading list via Feedly, great cross-platform tool..

    • DanCJ

      Yup. I use Feedly for pretty much all of my news these days.

  • jabbasoft

    Watch List feature on the mobile site?..