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How to Turn Websites into Apps on Mac: A Step-by-Step Guide


Apple's macOS Sonoma brings a host of exciting features, from video screensavers to desktop Widgets and a new Game Mode. Amidst these headline features, there lies a treasure trove of smaller upgrades under the hood that can significantly enhance your daily computing experience. One such overlooked gem is the newfound ability to turn any website into a web app on your Apple Mac.


Unlocking the Power of Web Apps

At first glance, the notion of transforming a website into a web app might seem inconsequential. However, the potential becomes evident when you realize the convenience it offers. Imagine pinning your frequently used websites to your Dock for quick access or receiving timely notifications, just like any other app.


Personalized and Distraction-Free Browsing

Creating a web app allows you to choose the icon, app title, and even customize the color scheme of the browser window. The beauty lies in the fact that a web app doesn't function as a regular browser, preventing distractions and maintaining privacy. No browsing history, bookmarks, or other data is shared with your Safari profiles.


A Quick Guide for Mac Users

In this quick guide, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of turning websites into web apps on various Apple Mac devices, including the best MacBooks, the Mac mini, iMac, and more.




How to Turn Websites into Apps on macOS Sonoma


1. Open the website in Safari

Begin by opening the website you wish to transform into a web app using Safari. If you're using a different browser, switch to Safari for this process.


Apple.com HomePage on Safari
Apple.com HomePage on Safari


2. Open the File menu and click Add to Dock

Navigate to the File menu in Safari, and select "Add to Dock" to seamlessly incorporate the website into your Mac's Dock as a web app.


Apple.com
Example of How to "Add to Dock"

3. Customize your new web app

A window will appear, allowing you to customize the title, URL, and icon of your new web app. Tailor the details to suit your preferences.


Apple.com Creating a Dock
On This Screen, You Can Customize Your Website/App Name


Mac iOS Dock
Apple.com Now Shows as an App on the Dock


4. Customize it even further

You now have an icon on your Dock for easy access to the website in a focused Safari window. Customize your web app further by opening it, clicking the title in the taskbar, and selecting "Settings" from the dropdown menu.



5. Using the web app Settings menu

In the Settings menu, go beyond customization by adjusting the title, URL, icon, color scheme, and privacy settings of your web app.



Congratulations, you've successfully transformed websites into web apps, enhancing your Mac experience. This guide aimed to empower you with a valuable skill to make the most out of your Mac. For more insightful Mac tips and tricks, explore our quick guides covering various aspects of Mac usage.

Whether you're a longtime Mac user or a recent convert, our collection of guides ensures you uncover hidden features and optimize your Mac for peak performance. From managing files to network settings, we've got you covered. Stay tuned for more tips, and don't forget to check our guide on how to clear cache on Mac if your device needs a speed boost. Happy web app creation!

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