Google Chrome Canary lets you install websites as apps on Android

The experimental version of Google Chrome for Android now lets you install websites as apps. This feature is still under development, but it could be a great way to add your favorite websites to your home screen and use them like native apps.

How to install websites as apps in Chrome Canary

To install websites as apps in Chrome Canary, you first need to enable the #pwa-universal-install-roots flag. To do this:

  1. Open Chrome Canary.
  2. In the address bar, type chrome://flags.
  3. Search for #pwa-universal-install-roots.
  4. Select Enabledfrom the drop-down menu.
  5. Relaunch Chrome Canary.

Once you have enabled the flag, you can install websites as apps by following these steps:

  1. Open the website you want to install.
  2. Tap the menu button.
  3. Tap Install app.
  4. Tap Install.

The website will be installed as an app on your home screen. You can open it like any other app.

What are the benefits of installing websites as apps?

There are a few benefits to installing websites as apps:

  • You can access them more quickly. Apps are typically faster to load than websites.
  • They can work offline. Some apps can be used offline, even if you don’t have an internet connection.
  • They can be more immersive. Apps can provide a more immersive experience than websites.

What websites should you install as apps?

You can install any website as an app, but some websites are better suited for this than others. Here are a few examples of websites that you might want to install as apps:

  • Social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • News websites like The New York Times, CNN, and BBC News.
  • Weather websites like AccuWeather, The Weather Channel, and Yahoo Weather.
  • Productivity websites like Google Docs, Evernote, and Trello.


The ability to install websites as apps is a great new feature in Chrome Canary. It’s still under development, but it has the potential to make the web browsing experience more convenient and enjoyable.


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