How To Make an App for your Desktop/Phone

How to Create an App (shortcut) for your Desktop and Android Phone

(Prepared for the Buffalo RPCV organization and updated: March 23, 2020)

Instructions are for Microsoft Windows 10 [using the latest updated version]

 

1st      Get a Picture and Save it.

            Search for a picture, one that you would like to make into an icon.

            [Example: Search for an image of the Buffalo RPCV Logo or copy from www.buffalorpcv.org .]

            Right Click on the picture to open it > Choose ‘Save image as’ >

            Give it a File name with a .jpg or .png extension > Choose a folder to save the file in & Click ‘Save’.

 

2nd     Create an icon.

          Open https://icoconvert.com (it’s free) and follow the Steps below to convert your picture into an icon.

            Step 1 (Upload an Image)

                        Choose File > Locate the image you just saved > Left Click on it,

                        then Click on the ‘Upload’ button                

            Step 2 (resize picture for icon)

                        Left Click, Hold and Drag on picture to highlight area that will be used for your

                        new icon. Select the largest area you can highlight.

            Step 3 (Apply styles)

                        Left Click the 2nd square box [Blue, with cloud, no writing],

                        [once clicked, the outline will be highlighted but difficult to see]

            Step 4  (Select the icon format)

                        Choose 48 x 48

            Step 5  (Convert and download)

                        Choose “Convert Ico”

            Next: Click on “Download your icon(s)” > Click ‘Open file’ [in lower left of screen] >

                        Right Click on your new icon picture and Click on ‘Save Picture As’  >

                        Use or Change the ‘File name’ shown then Click ‘Save’.

                        [the picture will be saved with an .ico file extension.]

       

3rd      Place a shortcut on your Desktop or an app on your Android phone.

For                  Create a Website shortcut on your Desktop using your new icon.

Desktop

                        1st        Go to the website, highlight and copy the URL.

                                   

                        2nd       Right Click on an open space on the desktop screen > Go to New > Click shortcut >

                                    In the “Type the location of the item” box, Right Click and Paste the URL.

                        3rd        Click Next > In the “Type a name for this shortcut” box, Type a name > Click Finish

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[Note:             4th        There is now an icon on your desktop for this shortcut.

Steps 4 & 5                 Right Click on it  > Go to Properties > Click “Change Icon” >

are not needed                                                             

for the             5th        Browse to find the icon you made with the https://icoconvert.com program.

BuffaloRPCV               Highlight the new icon > Right Click ‘Open’ > Click OK > Click OK again.

website]

                         6th        Click on your new icon to see if it works.

For                 Place an icon & link onto your home screen. [Note: you do not need to create a new icon.]

Android

Phones         1st        Open Google Chrome Browser. [You must use this browser.

                                    If you don’t have Chrome, search for, download and install it on your screen.]

                       2nd       Go to the URL and open the website you want to pin to the home screen.

                                    [example, Go to and Open: www.buffalorpcv.org ]

                        3rd       Click on the 3 vertical dots in upper right corner of screen > Click “Add to Home Screen”

                        4th       Click on the icon to see if it works.