Not a day passes when I’m not asked, “Where can I download the iDB app?” This is usually in response to a video, or a screenshot that showcases my Home screen.

Indeed, plopped squarely on my Home screen is an icon that does in-fact look like an official app for iPhoneDownloadBlog; however, it’s not an app. It’s just a bookmark saved to my Home screen.

Will iDB ever release an official app? The verdict is still out on that. In the meantime, though, feel free to follow this brief tutorial that shows you how to get an iDB bookmark on your desktop.

Besides, It’s almost as cool as an official app…

Step 1: Navigate to www.idownloadblog.com on your iPhone using the Safari browser.

Step 2: Tap the right-arrow icon highlighted below.

Step 3: Tap the ‘Add to Home Screen’ button.

Step 4: Tap the ‘x’ icon, and rename the bookmark to “iDB” or “The Coolest iPhone Blog Ever.” Then tap ‘Add’ in the upper right-hand corner.

Step 5: Now you will have a Home screen icon that features the official iPhoneDownloadBlog ‘iDB’ icon. Tapping this icon will take you back to our home page.

So how does this work? Well if your website is coded correctly, the iPhone is programed to use its Favicon (the little icon you see on the tabs of most pages you visit) as an app icon.

Because of this, and because of our wonderful design team, the icon looks like an official app, when in reality it’s just a link to our home page.

Please refer ones to this article if you see them ask about our official app. 😉

  • We have a mobile website too?!? :O

    • Haha, where have you been, Alex? There’s been a mobile version of iDB for a couple years now.

  • Burge

    It’s all I use.. It’s on first page of springboard. But there does need to be a official app though…

  • amir

    ive done this since i got the iphone and its the first and last thing i go on everyday cause i love to be updated, keep up the good work guys 🙂 iDB all the way

  • Ern

    Thanks! It’s the first website I visit everyday.

  • batja2

    iPad Support?

    • No, there probably won’t be an iPad support. The iPad is here to offer a full web experience. Making a mobile version for the iPad would go against the iPad’s nature. This is exactly why Facebook hasn’t come up with an iPad app.

  • MALdito

    Lmao! Funny thing is, I asked the same question a white back. Thanks Jeff!

  • William

    I honestly never access iDB using mobile Safari.
    Google Reader + Reeder.app combination keeps me very happy.

    • Yes, especially with the new “Readability” feature in Reeder. It’s gold!

  • Jason

    You guys should make it not launch safari each time. I fixed this with fullscreen.me (hope I can link that).

    With that and a little help to copy the icon I now have a “native” iPhone app 🙂

  • Jason

    Actually this can be fixed by modifying the file in iFile.

  • kokhean

    I had to use iFile to navigate to the WebClips folder, manually add the icon and editing the file to make it in full screen. The best thing is that the links in the “app” simply loaded and not open in Safari.

  • Chris

    I dont get this icon, just a regular one

  • Raz

    How do you get the iDB icon? I just get the mobile page icon on mine.

    • Sal

      to make the “iDB” icon appear> go to “iDB” in Safari scroll to the bottom and select “Switch To Regular Theme”(desktop Version) when its done loading then try to “Add To Home Screen” and be patient while your on the change title screen and you’ll notice after a few seconds the icon will change from generic to the beautiful ‘iDB” icon……..Yala!

  • Will

    I had it in mt springboard and linked my boxcar account to the iDB twitter account (: