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Best practices for logged-in "Add to Home Screen" experiences

Frontend Cafe/General · November 23, 2018 at 5:17pm

Best practices for logged-in "Add to Home Screen" experiences

November 23, 2018 at 5:17pm

Has anyone here built or supported "Add to Home Screen" mobile-web apps? I'm curious to hear people's experiences, especially for apps that have logged-in experiences.

I've a site that uses passwordless magic links to log you in, and strangely there seems to be very little online about how well logged-in experiences work, and best practices to implement them.


November 29, 2018 at 8:21pm

You should make the user think, "oh wow, I do actually need this on my home screen- this has value" before you prompt them to add it to the homescreen- otherwise it's like... "okay I dont even know what this does, really and If I even like it. Why would I add it to my homescreen?" Maybe if they've used the app X times show a little pop up- the standard option now is smaller and less obtrusive than they used to be.

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December 3, 2018 at 4:44pm

You should make the user think, "oh wow, I do actually need this on my home screen- this has value" before you prompt them to add it to the homescreen- otherwise it's like... "okay I dont even know what this does, really and If I even like it. Why would I add it to my homescreen?" Maybe if they've used the app X times show a little pop up- the standard option now is smaller and less obtrusive than they used to be.

When you make your app a PWA, google automatically does it for you - only if the person is using your app on Google Chrome mobile browser -. I don't know if there is something like this for iOS

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