We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

Ever since the Ericsson R380 was marketed as the first “smartphone” back in 2000, desktop/laptop internet usage has steadily declined.  See the figure below.

There is no denying that the explosion of smartphones and tablets have literally, and I do mean literally, changed the computing landscape. Just a decade ago, nearly all web browsing occurred on desktop and laptop devices. Now, one in five millennials (defined as being between the ages of 18 and 34) don’t utilize desktops. For the first time in history, mobile internet usage has surpassed desktop usage. Not only are significantly more users accessing the internet from a tablet or smartphone, they are doing so with eCommerce more than ever before.

Earlier this year, the world’s foremost technology giant, Apple notified the vaping industry that it will no longer allow or accept updates for existing apps and new apps that contain nicotine-related content, a decision that has many people wondering, what’s next? Will Google’s Android store introduce a similar policy? If I had to offer my two cents, I’d say yes, but again, my opinion is purely speculative.

If you breathe oxygen in through your nose as I do, then there is a good chance that you are habitually on the go and look to utilize every resource available in order to keep up with the frantic pace of life. Customers in today’s world are moving and using mobile application platforms to stay in the race. But with the App Store already banning all e-cigarette related apps and updates and Android’s Google Play likely to follow suit, what’s a vaper to do?

Circumvent, that’s what.

Did you know that you don’t need an application marketplace (App Store, Google Play) to add a website icon to your smartphone or tablet home screen?  Nope. You sure don’t.

Your smartphone or tablet’s home screen isn’t just for apps. Whatever platform you’re using, with a little guidance, you can pin your favorite website to your home screen for quick access.

And here’s how.

iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

  1. 1. Launch the Safari Browser on Apple’s iOS and navigate to the website you want to add to your home screen. In my case, I want to add https://www.mtbakervapor.com

  1. 2. Tap the “Share Button” on the browser’s toolbar. Hint: The share button is the rectangle with the arrow pointing upwards. On an iPad, it’s on the bar at the top of the screen, and on an iPhone or iPod Touch, it’s on the bar at the bottom of the screen.

  1. 3. Tap the “Add to Home Screen” icon in the share menu.

  1. 4. You’ll be prompted to name the shortcut before tapping the Add button.

  1. 5. When you tap the icon, it will load the website in a normal tab inside the Safari browser.


  1. 1. Launch Chrome for Android and open the navigate to the website you want to add to your home screen. In my case, I want to add https://www.mtbakervapor.com/

  1. 2. Tap the menu button and tap Add to home screen.

  1. 3. You’ll be able to enter a name for the shortcut and then Chrome will add it to your home screen.







  1. 4. The icon will appear on your home screen like any other app shortcut.

If you have questions, leave them in the comments below!

Andrew Figgs

Photography Major from Western Washington University . I joined MBV back in December 2014 and am happy to be working in an industry focused on helping others.

  • Melanie says:

    Caffeine is every bit as addicting as nicotine, but I’ll bet you never see them drop Starbucks app. Hypocrites.

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