Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Add the library's mobile catalog to your device's home screen

Your smartphone or tablet’s home screen isn’t just for apps -- you can also pin your favorite websites to your home screen so you can quickly access them.

The directions below explain how you can make the library's mobile catalog one of your home screen icons so that you can quickly log in/access your library account, search for items and place holds.

Android
For most browsers, open the website you want to pin. Tap the Menu button, tap the Page option, and then tap Add to Home Screen. If you're using the "Chrome for Android" browser, open the website or web page you want to pin to your home screen, tap the Menu button and tap Add to Home Screen (there is no Page option).

iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch
In Safari, go to the website you want to add to your home screen. 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. Tap the Add to Home Screen icon in the Share menu (you’ll be prompted to name the shortcut before tapping the Add button).

If your device is something other than iOS or Android, open its web browser and look in its menu for an option named something like “Add to home screen” or “Pin to home screen.”

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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