Many users, like myself, enjoy reading daily trending news about Apple on the Apple Police website. This site keeps you updated with the latest news. However, opening Chrome and searching for the site every time feels a bit outdated, as everyone prefers tasks that can be done with a single click.
If you have a MacBook or are using Safari 17, it’s now super easy to transform any website into a web app. This will deliver updates to you just like any other app, and it will appear in your dock. You can access it just like other apps, without the need to open a browser; simply click on its dock icon.
Kudos to MacBook developers and software designers! They consistently introduce new technology and address user concerns. Now, it’s possible to convert any frequently visited website into a standalone “web app” that sits right in your Mac’s Dock. These web apps are compatible with Mission Control and Stage Manager, just like any other app, and can also be launched through Launchpad or Spotlight Search.
How to Turn Websites into Standalone Mac Apps on macOS
- Open the Safari Browser.
- Navigate to the website you want to convert into a web app.
- From the upper menu bar, select File and then choose ‘Add to Dock’.
- If you wish to change the icon, click within the ‘Add to Dock’ window. Here, you can also edit the web app’s name using the title field.
- Finally, click the blue ‘Add’ button to create your web app.
When you open your new web app, it will appear on the dock at the footer of your screen. This will feature a simplified toolbar with navigation buttons. However, keep in mind that website developers have the control to decide if these buttons are displayed. As you can see in the attached image, the theme color of the site seamlessly blends with the toolbar, giving it a cohesive appearance
When there’s a new notification, a badge will appear on the web app’s icon in the Dock. While these notifications are generally silent, developers have the choice to add an alert sound. Still, users have the final say on sounds and icon badges by adjusting preferences in System Settings -> Notifications.
In addition, web apps are integrated with Focus modes, allowing you to decide which notifications get through based on your current activity. Also, considering user privacy, Apple ensures you can manage a web app’s access to your camera, microphone, and location through System Settings -> Privacy & Security, similar to regular apps.
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