In today’s mobile-oriented world every business needs to offer mobile apps for its products and services to gain and retain customers. Even desktop users like native apps more than relying on a website for extensive work. This makes native apps preferred over a website because nobody likes opening and switching tabs.
Well, even though native apps burn a hole in the pocket for being expensive, yet there is an alternative method to create them for almost free. All it’s going to do is to cost you some time, and you will have native apps for your site at the end. Are you interested thenlet us create some native apps.
There are hardly any prerequisites for following the below procedure. You only need a computer with a working web connection, and that will be all. It is needed since we are going to use online tools to create the apps for your website.
Please do note, however, that you must run a virus scan for all downloaded files from the web. You can use any such software if you already have one on your computer or use an online tool.
For example, VirusTotal is a free, online tool to scan files quickly using various known antivirus and anti-malware engines.
First of all, let’s create apps for desktop platforms — Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS. These apps will be packaged in the platforms’ respective formats, such as “.exe” for Windows.
However, it may not create an installer but an archive of the app’s files — you can find and run the executable in it.
Web2Desk is an easy tool for converting websites into desktop apps. It lets you convert any website into native app packages for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Also, it is super fast — your app is created in mere minutes. Just follow the below steps to create a native app for Windows using Web2Desk:
That is all about creating apps for Windows quickly using the online tool named Web2Desk. As I shared above, please do check any downloaded file using an antivirus tool (you can check the Prerequisites section above for details).
Alternatively, you can create an app for Google Chrome and launch it using the search giant’s browser in any operating system running Google Chrome and that includes Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS. I know it is not a native app for any platform other than Chrome OS, but it is most platform-agnostic.
Applicationize is a free tool to create apps directly from websites. It creates an app for Google Chrome (which also works in Chrome OS) that acts as a wrapper for the website. What I like about Google Chrome’s apps is, they act most like the native apps, as they appear in the launcher (Start menu for Windows).
Alright, let us convert a website into an app for Google Chrome. Please follow the below steps for generating extensions as apps using Applicationize:
Please do remember to check the downloaded extension file (“.crx” in this case) via an antivirus software before installing or distributing it to someone.
Secondly, let us create apps for the mobile platforms — Android, but not iOS. It is because I could not find any app maker for converting websites to apps for iOS in zero cost, unfortunately. As with the desktop platforms, these apps will be packaged in the platforms’ native formats, for example, “.apk” for Android.
Note: Your website must be mobile-friendly or responsive for working as a mobile app, else its design will not fit on the small screen, thus your mobile app will not work as expected on mobile phones. If you are unsure, you can test your site for mobile-friendliness or make it mobile-friendly using these tools.
AppsGeyser is a handsome tool for creating mobile apps. It provides multiple templates for creating a variety of apps including a website template for making a mobile app for a website. You will feel right at home with AppsGeyser, thanks to its intuitive interface, and it is quick at generating the apps as well.
Although it is free to make apps for Android with AppsGeyser, it is not free to publish an app to Google Play Store since Google charges a fee. Of course, you can publish your app to other app markets for free, such as Aptoide and GetJar. Alternatively, you can also host your app (“.apk” file) on your website.
When you are ready to make your app, please follow the below steps:
Lastly, let me remind you again that you must verify the contents of this file by checking it through a local or online antivirus and anti-malware software.
That is all about creating mobile apps directly from a website. Unfortunately, I could not find any tool for converting a website to an iOS app for free. If you know such an online tool, please tell me. Did you like reading this post? Please leave your feedback below or write to me directly at @aksinghnet on Twitter.
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