How to Convert Websites into Apps on Windows

We now have apps for almost all needs; however, there can be instances where we find the web version better or some services exclusive to its websites. Besides, many websites don’t have a direct application; the only way to access them is through your web browser. But what if you can convert websites into apps on Windows? Yes, with this guide, we will show you how to do it.

convert websites into apps on Windows

The ability to save a website as an app in a few clicks and for free can be useful, especially if you visit some websites frequently. While many browsers support this feature, if you use a browser that doesn’t, you’ll have to switch your browser. With that understanding, let’s begin.

What Is a Windows Web Application

As the name suggests, when you install the website as an app in Chrome or other browsers, you can access it like any regular app. The key difference between a web app and accessing the website in the browser is the absence of browser elements such as bookmarks, address bars, and other toolbar components.

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The app will run using the browser engine you used to convert websites into apps on Windows. Now, let’s look at the steps to do so.

How to Install Website as an App in Chrome

To save a website as an app on Google Chrome, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open Google Chrome and visit your preferred website.

Step 2: Now, click the three dots at the top right corner > choose More tools > Create shortcut.

create shortcut of the website you want to create shortcut

Step 3: Name the shortcut > enable ‘Open as window’ and click Create.

name the shortcut enable open in a new tap and hit Create

Apart from that, some websites also offer an option to install as a web app (Progressive Web Apps, also known as PWA). For that, follow the steps in the next section.

Save the Website as a Progressive Web App

Step 1: Open the website of your choice and click the install icon on the right side of the search bar.

Step 2: Choose Install.

click PWA button and click Install

You can now launch the app from the Taskbar, desktop, or other places.

Uninstall Web App From Chrome

Step 1: Launch the installed web app and click the three dots at the top right corner.

Step 2: Choose Uninstall X. Where the X stands for the website name.

choose the three dots at the top right corner and hit Uninstall

Step 3: Click Remove to confirm.

Choose Remove 1

Turn Websites into Desktop Apps on Windows Using Microsoft Edge

To convert websites into apps on Windows using Microsoft Edge, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open Microsoft Edge and visit the website you want to convert into an app.

Step 2: Click the three-dots menu at the top right corner > choose Apps > select ‘Install this site as an App.’

click the three dots at the top right corner

Step 3: Name the site and edit the icon. Once you make the necessary changes, click Install.

rename edit and hit Install to activate web apps from Edge

Step 4: The web app will be installed and launched instantly. From here, choose the necessary options and click Allow.

allow necessary permissions and hit Allow

Along with that, some websites also offer a direct web app (PWA) option. For that:

Step 1: Click the install icon on the right side of the search bar.

Step 2: Select Install.

Choose Install to add web apps using Edge

Uninstall Web App from Edge

Step 1: Launch the web app > click the three dots at the top right corner and select App settings.

click the three dots at the top right corner and hit App settings

Step 2: Scroll down and click Uninstall.

Choose Uninstall 2

Step 3: Click Remove to confirm. You can also check ‘Also clear data from Microsoft Edge.’

Choose clear data and hit Remove

You can also visit Edge’s app page to see all the web apps installed using Edge.

Save Website as an App on Windows Using Firefox

For Firefox, you don’t get the option to install any websites as a web app. Even for PWA websites, you must install an extension and then use the feature. Here’s how it’s done:

Step 1: Open the extension page from the link below and click ‘Add to Firefox.’

Step 2: Click Add to confirm.

Choose Add to Firefox to add the PWA extension for Firefox 1

Step 3: Choose Okay.

Tip: You can also enable ‘Allow this extension to run in Private Window.’

Click Okay to confirm

Step 3: Run the setup and give the necessary permissions.

choose i accept the agreement

Step 4: Now, visit the website that has support for PWA.

Step 5: Click the install button on the right side of the search bar.

Step 6: Give name and other necessary information and click ‘Install web app.’

Click the install icon add necessary information and hit Install web app

You can now find the app from the Start menu. From here, you can add the app to where you want.

Remove Web App From Firefox

Step 1: Right-click the app from the Start menu and choose Uninstall.

Right click over YouTube and hit Uninstall

Step 2: Double-click the app from the list to uninstall.

Convert Websites into Apps on Windows with WebCatalog

WebCatalog is an application that can serve as a hub or App store for desktop web applications. Unlike the need to turn websites into apps on Windows using a browser, you can get them in simple steps. WebCatalog uses the Photon rendering engine from the Chromium framework to run web apps. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Download and install WebCatalog from the link below.

Choose Download

Step 2: Run the Webcatalog application and Sign in or Sign up.

Step 3: Once you log in, click Install below the app.

Hit Install below the application you want to install

Once installed, you can easily access the web app like normal apps.

Uninstall the Website App

To uninstall, open the WebCatalog app and follow the below steps:

Step 1: Open WebCatalog and choose Installed from the sidebar.

Step 2: Hit Uninstall under the app to remove it.

Choose Uninstall 3

Step 3: Click Uninstall to confirm.

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Save Website as an App Using AppMaker

With Web2Desk, you can install a website as an app. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open the AppMaker webpage on your browser.

Step 2: Add app name, change icon, add email, choose the platform, and click ‘Create Desktop App.’

Tip: You can also remove the AppMaker branding if you subscribe to its premium plan.

Add link name choose platform and hit Create desktop app

Step 3: Wait until the process is finished, and once done, click Download.

Choose Download 1

Step 4: Locate and unzip the file > open the folder and click the installer.

Run the installer for GT

That’s it! The website will be downloaded as an app and can be accessed like a regular app from the taskbar or desktop.

Note: You can follow the usual way to uninstall an app on Windows.

FAQs on Save Website as an App

1. Can I create a web app for free?

Yes. You can easily install the website as an app in Chrome or other popular browsers for free. However, if you use third-party services such as AppMaker, you may have to pay an amount to access some features.

2. What are the types of websites?

There are mainly two types of websites – static and interactive. Interactive websites are the ones that let users interact with them through comments or other measures (such as the one you are reading in this guide). On the other hand, static websites can only show information and won’t allow users to interact with it other than view the page.

Access Your Favorite Websites as Apps

The option to convert websites into apps on Windows is a great feature to have. Besides, you can add custom icons to these web apps if needed. We hope this guide helped you access your favorite websites with a click. If you have any queries, let us know in the comments below.

Last updated on 14 September, 2023

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