You can use Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) for a fast web experience on your computer or mobile device. You can install the PWA for faster access and additional functionality, like more storage for content to use offline. The Progressive Web App standard offers websites a chance to become even more like standalone apps, by discarding browser elements that only clutter their interface. Other advantages of Progressive Web Apps are that they are more lightweight than native applications and are platform-agnostic.
How Do You Install a Progressive Web App?
1. Chrome Browser - on the computer
Install a PWA
On your computer, open Chrome.
Go to a website you want to install.
At the top right of the address bar, click the Install icon.
Follow the on-screen instructions to install the PWA.
Uninstall a PWA
Uninstall from a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer
On your computer, open Chrome.
Go to a website you want to uninstall.
At the top right, click More Uninstall [app name].
To clear app data from Chrome, select "Also clear data from Chrome"
Tip: You can also manage PWAs through chrome://apps.
Uninstall from a Chromebook
In your launcher, right-click on the PWA's icon and select Uninstall.
To clear data, choose Also clear browsing data.
If you clear browsing data, all site-related data is also removed in Chrome. The next time you visit the site, you'll need to sign in again.
Install a PWA
On your Android device, open Chrome .
Go to a website with a PWA that you want to install.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
Uninstall a PWA
From your app drawer or home screen, open Settings .
Tap Apps & Notifications. See all apps.
Find the PWA you want to remove and tap the icon.
3. iPhone & iPad
Chrome for iOS does not support PWAs. But you can download PWA using the Safari browser. As mentioned above, Apple only allows Safari to create PWAs in iOS and iPadOS—third-party browsers are left out of the party. Safari doesn’t use the terms install and app, like all other browsers that support PWAs do. To install one on iOS or iPadOS, load the PWA-capable site, choose the Share up-arrow at the bottom of the screen, and select Add to Home Screen.
Firefox does not support the functionality to install PWA as a standalone system app with an app-like experience. Firefox, doesn’t support PWAs on the desktop, though it does on Android. The same holds for the innovative Opera web browser.
5. Installing PWAs on macOS
In macOS, installing PWAs works just as it does on Windows, but the default Safari browser offers no method for installing a site as a PWA. You can use the Chrome browser to install the PWA. Your new app does appear in Launchpad, but not in the Applications Finder folder.
6. Edge Browser
The default Windows web browser provides the best option for installing PWA’s on Microsoft’s desktop operating system. That’s because it puts the app in your Start menu just like any other app you install in normal ways. Here’s how it works:
Navigate to the website you want to install as a PWA.
If the app is capable of being installed as a PWA, you can either click on the icon on the right side of the address bar that looks like three squares and a plus sign (the hover text is “App available. Install [app name]) or you can choose Apps from the three-dot overflow menu and then click Install [app name]. For some PWAs, the Install box pops up automatically.
That’s it. Your new app appears in the Start menu, gets a distinctive icon in the Taskbar (not the Edge icon), and can be converted into a desktop shortcut. If you want to uninstall the PWA, you can do so from the Start Menu's right-click menu, from Windows’ Apps and Features Setting page, or from Edge’s Manage Apps page.
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