As a workaround or other idea. Maybe instead of posting a link to your app you post a link to some kind of marketing signup page like MailChimp. You could then eventually send them a link via email which should be default be opened with Safari. I realize that there will be a fair amount that will just think you are trying to collect email addresses but the up side is that you will be collecting them to follow up with if they do or don’t use the app.
I personally use Chrome on my Mac as well as on iPhone. I gave Safari a try but didn’t workout for me. Chrome just pulled everything together for me. Maybe Safari does too but why should I switch? So not having “Add to home screen” in Chrome is a big let down. This is the first step that will allow user to create a shortcut so every time they won’t have to type in URL to open it like a website. So if this step is missed, there is a big chance that the user will loose interest in the app.
What percentage of iOS users use Chrome? Is there a stat?
@mthakershi This is not a bug or issue with Glide, it’s just the way Chrome handles it. The change in behavior plea should go to Google Chrome, as Glide has zero control over this behavior.
I agree and I will find out how to submit it to Google and Apple.
But the fact is that glide apps depend on Chrome (or browser). Not the other way.
Only Chrome on Android and Safari on IOS properly support PWA apps. Like mentioned above, you’ll have to take it up with the big boys to get that changed. I assume it has to do with the tight integration of the default browser and the operating system. You can always instruct the user to use the default browser to open that app and add to home screen, then they can go back to using their browser of choice for everything else.
I’m having an issue with the Add to Homescreen prompt no longer popping up for a new app I just created (Chrome, Android). My Chrome version must have updated recently because tabs are all laid out differently so I’m not sure if it’s an update issue.
Even when manually selecting add to homescreen in the menu, the app is added as a web shortcut and not an app.
Are you sure it’s a chrome browser and not another browser? IOS or Android?
Yup Chrome on Android device. Version 79.0.3945.136
Same chrome version here. Interesting though, I’m have the same result with your app. No popup and the Add to Homescreen creates a web shortcut instead. Can you add a second tab to see if that makes it act differently? There must be something that’s not making it register as a PWA.
Adding the 2nd tab did the trick. Thanks very much
Same result here. Must be a bug.
Using Chrome on Android, I’m seeing the notification to Add to Home Screen appearing. When clicked, however, the Glide icon never appears. If I then try to manually go into the Chrome menu and select Add to Home Screen, it tells me it is still adding previous site. But nothing ever appears.
I’d try restarting your phone to see if that makes a difference. Seems unusual, especially if you are getting the popup. Do you have a link to your app?
Hi, I’m having a similar issue with my app. Link: https://6-9mahw.glideapp.io
Previously, the app had only 1 tab and the option to add to home screen popped up and worked fine (Chrome on Android). After adding 2 more tabs to the app, the option does not appear anymore and is also not shown when I tap to expand the menu options in Chrome.
Note: The original tab has row owners but the 2 newly added tabs do not
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Edit: Just tried it on Safari for iPad and it works fine
Glad to know I’m not the only one. After additional testing last Friday, I found that the button would pop up on the home screen but it involved the phone staying on the web page-opened version of the app and the screen staying on for 1 minute. Timed it multiple times and it always took a minute on Androids and only 5-6 seconds on iOS.
Went back to test it today and now it downloads to the home screen on Androids in 5-6 seconds. Haven’t changed anything with the app since Friday.
Add to Homescreen popped up for me. (Android - Moto G6)
Thanks for the feedback.
I’m still having problems with it though (Android OnePlus 7 Pro). At least it works fine on my iPad with Safari. I’ll probably get some colleagues to test it out for me.
I tried the suggested solution but still did not get the “Add to home screen button”. Not sure if this is a bug or phone related. All-in-all, Not sure if this is a practical solution as there is no way to predict user actions.
@Aj2666 Do you have a link to try? From all the reading I’ve done in the past, I’ve either read about or seen issues when people either using an incompatible browser, initially dismissing the popup and forget they had done it, change their app url, have no tabs displayed, or don’t wait long enough. I’ve never noticed an issue with other people’s apps or my own, but I’m also not looking that closely either. I usually open the app and dismiss the popup right away for other peoples apps. The only weird issue I’ve experienced was @kyleheney’s issue where his app wasn’t being recognized as a PWA until he added a second tab.