What is PWA?
Sometimes it’s more convenient and faster to access different platforms through installed apps instead of just heading straight to websites in your browser. To provide a smooth and consistent user experience, we’ve introduced Pics.io PWA (Progressive Web Application).
It’s a type of application which is delivered through the web and works on any platform that uses a standards-compliant browser, including both desktop and mobile devices.
In other words, now it’s possible to install Pics.io as an icon on the home screen/desktop of your device and use it as a separate app, instead of going to Pics.io in your browser.
How to install Pics.io PWA?
When you go to the Pics.io page in a browser you use, you can see + icon at the end of your address bar field. “Install Pics.io app” text will appear once you hover a pointer over the button.
Clicking this very button will offer you to Install Pics.io app from Google Workspace Marketplace. Wait for the installation process to be completed to see a separate window with the app opened. Here you are.
You will also see a shortcut created on a desktop of your device for a quick access to the app.
Now, on opening the saved Pics.io site, you’ll notice that it looks and performs just like a native app. There’s no browser window or nothing.
In addition, now you can take advantage of a mobile version of Pics.io as well:
With the vast majority of Android devices, installing a PWA is as simple as navigating to the website you want to install on Chrome. Once there, tap the three-dot overflow menu in the top-right corner and then select ‘Add to home screen.’ Chrome will prompt you to enter a name for the app before adding it to your home screen. That’s it.
Installing a PWA on iOS is also quite simple, but can be rather limited. Safari is the only browser supporting PWA on iOS for now and it’s not possible to receive push notifications there due to iOS limitations. Beyond that restriction, however, it’s quite similar to Android. Navigate to the website you want to add as a PWA in Safari. Then tap the ‘Share’ button, scroll down and tap ‘Add to Home Screen.’ Enter the name for the app and tap 'Add'. The PWA will show up on your home screen like a native iOS app.
Restrictions & limitations
- it’s not possible to receive push notifications on IOS devices due to current IOS restrictions;
- Billing section of the Pics.io account is not present in Pics.io PWA;
- works best with Chrome/Edge/Safari browsers.