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App Shortcuts

Adding Shortcuts to your PWA

Shortcuts can be added to your web app manifest to give users quick access to specific actions or content within your PWA.

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Install the app, then right-click/long-press the icon in your Dock, Homescreen or Taskbar. You'll see a list of shortcuts taking you to specific actions in the app.

Examples of PWA shortcuts on Android
PWA shortcuts on Android
Examples of PWA shortcuts on macOS
PWA shortcuts on macOS

Browser support

App shortcuts are available for PWAs installed on macOS via Chrome, Windows via Chrome or Edge, and Android via Chrome. iOS doesn't support PWA shortcuts.

Use cases

App shortcuts are convenient for users because they allow quick access to specific sections of a PWA, removing the need to open the app and manually navigate there. For example, a social media app could offer a New Post shortcut to their users. Or similarly, a task manager could help users create tasks faster with a New Task shortcut, allowing super quick content creation.

Best practices

  • PWA shortcuts should generally be ordered from most to least important (or most to least frequent action).
  • Each shortcut has its own URL. Remember that shortcuts must exist within the scope of the PWA, or else they may be ignored by the browser altogether.
  • Each PWA shortcut can optionally contain icons. We recommended using a single 192x192 pixel icon in PNG format.
  • A manifest can have up to 4 different shortcuts.

How to add shortcuts to your PWA manifest

Two options: you can sign up for Progressier to set shortcuts dynamically within a nice no-code interface. We'll even provide you with a set of icons you can use.

Alternatively, if your PWA has a hard-coded manifest, you can declare shortcuts within the shortcuts array section. Below, you'll find an example of what a potential web app manifest might look like with shortcuts.


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