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Viewing FAST on Your Phone
By Dan Vis
October 09, 2016
Comments: 102

Want to put a handy shortcut on your phone that goes straight to FAST? Perhaps you would like several shortcuts on your phone, each to different sections of our site? It's super easy. Here's how...

A phone showing several shortcuts

We frequently get asked whether or not FAST has an app for apple or android phones. And the answer is no, we've made a careful decision to not do that.

Why? Because there's a super easy way to add an icon to your phone's home screen that will give you complete access to our entire site. We've worked hard to make our mobile site as simple and useful as our desktop version. And we want you to have the latest of everything we offer.

So rather than going through your app store, give this approach a try instead:

Apple Phones:

1. Open the Safari browser on your phone and load our site (www.fastmissions.com). Go to whatever page you want to make instantly available. We recommend the home page.

2. Look for an icon at the bottom of the screen, that looks like an arrow pointing away from a box, and click it.

3. Several options pop up, including one called "Add to Home Screen". Choose that one.

4. You'll be asked to choose a name for the homescreen icon. Type FAST and click save.

(Here's a video on how to do this on an ipad)

Here's a special note for Apple users, if your phone keeps logging you out each time you visit our site. For some reason Apple disables cookies for some site by default. Here's a quick google search showing you how to enable cookies. Once that's done, you should go straight in each time, no problem.

Android Phones

1. Launch the Chrome browser on your phone and load our site (www.fastmissions.com). Go to whatever page you want to make instantly available. We recommend the home page.

2. Look for an icon in the top right corner that looks like three dots, and click it.

3. Several options pop up, including one called "Add to Home Screen". Choose that one.

4. You'll be asked to choose a name for the homescreen icon. Type FAST and click save.

(Here's a video on how to do this on android)

Once your icon is created, you can move it around and use it just like any other icon. Just use the normal method for doing that based on your operating system. And be sure to put the FAST icon somewhere you can access easily!

Once you have got the hang of it you can create additional icons to different sections of our site: the memory engine, or your verse pack, some class you are taking, your training team, or whatever. Add as many or as few icons as you want!

That's all there is to it...

Comments

So what do you think? Is this a good alternative to an app? What sections or pages have you created a shortcut for? Did you have any trouble doing that? How important is it to have access to our whole site on your phone?

Posted by Dan Vis on 03/28/20 
Great! Glad it worked for you Vivienne. Remember, if you want to create shortcuts to several different sections of our site, you can put them all on a separate screen or inside a folder. All the best!
Posted by Vivienne Fowler on 03/28/20 
Thanks Dan, yes it's a great idea!
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/10/20 

If you have an iphone, you may need to enable cookies for the FAST site. For some reason Apple turns that off by default--requiring you to login each time. Here's a quick google search on how to do that: Enabling Cookies.

Also, if you have trouble adding a shortcut to the home page on your device, it may be your device considers our site untrusted. Here's how to fix that: Untrusted Shortcuts. I don't think this normally happens, but just in case...

Posted by Dan Vis on 02/14/20 

You can do this for any page on our site Christine, or for that matter, any webpage on any website. Very handy little trick every one with a smart phone should know! :)

For that matter, you could create a folder on your phone and put several FAST pages in that folder so you have instant access to any section you frequently use. Pretty handy indeed!

Posted by Christine Wigglesworth on 02/14/20 
Easy to follow instructions. This is a great alternative to an app! It is so handy for daily use to have this shortcut!
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/27/20 

Hi Mario . Did you watch the videos? And can you tell me what kind of phone you have? There's a link to a video for both Android and IOS in the reading above. That will probably show you better exactly how to do it.

Or just do a google search on how to add a shortcut to your particular type of phone. It's just a click or two... If you still have trouble, let me know which of the the three steps you had trouble with. Once you get the hang of it, you can create all the shortcuts you want!

Posted by Mario on 01/26/20 
I was not able to do it. I need help. Thanks. God bless!
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/08/19 
Glad it works for you Bukola Adebayo ! :)
Posted by Bukola Adebayo on 12/07/19 
Yes!
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/20/19 
Great job Marsha!
Posted by Marsha A Higgins on 11/20/19 
Yes!
Posted by Dan Vis on 09/30/19 

Actually Rick, IOS does not allow apps that are simply a link to a mobile version of the site. And I'm not sure Google would approve something like that either. And trying to recreate all the resources on our website natively in multiple platforms is not really practical.

On the flip side, once you learn how to create a mobile shortcut like this you can add a link to any section or tool on our site, and any other site for that matter. It's definitely worth learning how to do. And once you get the hang of it, it's super easy! It's just the first time... :)

Thanks for giving the engine a try. I hope you find it helpful!

Posted by Rick on 09/30/19 
An app would still be easier. I have to keep this webpage open on my phone in order to access it/find it. Am contemplating putting the verses on a card, as it might work to trigger it in my memory better. But I do like something that tracks my progress, so will use this as well. Thanks for the suggestion, workaround option.
Posted by Dan Vis on 09/18/19 
Thanks Paul, definitely appreciate your kind words! It is an exciting to be a part of God's final work here on planet earth!
Posted by Paul Roell on 09/18/19 
With all the many ways to keep Scripture with us wherever we go, I have found no good reason why we, as Christians and Disciples, should not have a litany of verses memorized. I'm so grateful to have this tool available anywhere I can connect to the internet (which is basically EVERYwhere). God led me to this site for a reason, and I'm committed to take full advantage of it. Thanks be to God, and thank you, Dan and the entire FAST Missions Crew! Thanks, also, to all that share their testimonies and thoughts so we may all benefit from them!
Posted by Dan Vis on 08/20/19 
Great job Jo! Glad you found this page.
Posted by Jo Zumbluskas on 08/20/19 
Thank you! I got the link this time. Everything went fine!
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/01/19 

Give it a try Claudette! If it doesn't work right you can easily delete the shortcut. Just give a long press on the icon, and then slide it into the trach can.

Chrome is just the name of the browser Karen. The icon looks like a circle with red, green, and yellow around the outside and a blue dot in the middle. If you have an apple phone, you'll want to look for the safari icon. Basically, it's whatever you use to view a web page on the internet.

Sorry I missed your posts, ladies. :)

Posted by Karen on 04/07/19 
No, it didn't. I cannot find the chrome browser on my phone. Of course, I am electronically challenged....
Posted by Claudette Haynes on 04/02/19 
I’m a little hesitant, but I think it will work.
Posted by Dan Vis on 04/01/19 
Yes Lydia, both IOS and Android have made this super easy. :) Much better than us creating a limited app with only a small set of features. Glad you got it working!
Posted by Lydia Gilbert-McClain on 04/01/19 
Thanks Dan, this worked easily. (I'm using an android device)
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/29/19 
Super glad to hear Julie!
Posted by Julie on 03/18/19 
yes, this worked great thank you
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/17/19 
Great job Gatha!
Posted by Gatha Neidigh on 02/17/19 
all installed on my phone, Thanks Gatha
Posted by Melinda Peitz on 02/04/19 
Yes already installed on my iphone
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/29/19 
Great job Barbara! Remember you can create multiple shortcuts to different sections of the site you use often.
Posted by Barbara E. LaRose on 01/29/19 
Love having it on my phone!!
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/08/19 
Great job Lillian!
Posted by Lillian E. Cepeda on 01/03/19 
Yes, it did. Happy to have it on my phone.
Thank you.
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/01/19 
Great! Glad it worked for you Dawn Caesar. Makes a difference. Remember you can create different icons to different sections of the site if there are a few you places you go often. :)
Posted by Dawn Caesar on 01/01/19 
Yes it was easy, thanks
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/30/18 
It is pretty handy, isn't it Charles Sumner. You can do this for any site you like. Actually apple doesn't allow apps that are essentially a link to a site. And it makes sense given how easy this is. :) Glad it worked for you...
Posted by Charles Sumner on 12/29/18 
I thought that I was a knowledgeable user but this method taught me something I didn't use. Thanks for the info.
Posted by Diane Castanon on 12/20/18 
You are kind Dan. ☺️
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/19/18 

Rick, yes--you are just adding a shortcut (an icon) to your phone's home page. Shouldn't affect anything on the FAST site. :)

Here's another link that explains how to do it. They had really good pictures. Here's one of the Apple shortcut icon:

Android is different of course, but it seems to be the IOS folks having the most trouble. See image above Mario .

Oh, and one other BIG thing. Make sure you are on the exact page you want to bookmark before creating the bookmark. In fact, you can have multiple bookmarks for different sections of the site as needed. Definitely one for the home page of course...

Things are always changing and we always have different versions among us, so we'll just keep updating this page as needed.

Thanks Diane for the detailed instructions! Definitely better than mine!

Posted by Diane Castanon on 12/19/18 

Hi Mario and Rick! If the video link above helped, then great! If not, here is a breakdown that might help (I hope it doesn’t confuse you all the more).
1. When you open FAST in Safari, scroll down until a white bar appears at the bottom of your iPhone screen.
2. On this bar, you’ll see a left arrow (<) and a right arrow (>). In the middle of that white bar, you’ll see a box with an arrow pointing upward (the stem of the arrow is in the box attaching to the top of the arrow). Click on that.
3. Another screen will pop-up. On the bottom of that pop-up screen, scroll left to access icons to the right.
4. Click on the “Add to Home Screen” icon button that shows a white “+” sign inside a black box (has tapered corners) that is surrounded by a white border (also has tapered corners).
5. Another screen will pop-up. Type in “FAST,” or “Memorize,” or whatever you desire, at the blinking cursor,
6. Then click “Add” in the upper right corner of that screen.
(Note: The word “Add” will not appear until you type something. Whatever you type will appear on your iPhone’s home screen, under the FAST icon.)

The photo of you and your wife, Rick, shouldn’t disappear, as you are adding an icon to your home screen.

Posted by Rick on 11/24/18 
I’m with Mario on this one…. Loaded the website as you suggested…. There’s no arrow at the bottom…. (Have an iPhone). Directions didn’t work for me either. Still struggling with getting around this website. I’ve even put in texts to memorize…. Reviewed them, but it only shows I have 1 text reviewed…. I grew up, from high school, with computers. I’m getting to be an old man…. But, it appears I need some young 5 year old to show me around this website…! Still struggling with the intuitive design of this website. Please, in as few, sussinct words, how do we get the link. (Also, will it wipe out the picture on my home page? - it’s a picture of my wife & I & I don’t want to lose that picture if possible.)
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/09/18 
It's not on the website, it's on your phone itself Mario . Notice the links to the videos above (depending on your phone type). A picture is better than a thousand words, and a video even better--at least for some things. :)
Posted by Mario on 11/08/18 
I can’t see the icon like an arrow at the bottom of the screen? Thanks!
Posted by Reno on 11/07/18 
Great to have access on my phone.
Posted by Patricia Jones on 11/07/18 
That works and was simple to do. I won't be using it when I'm not near wifi so I don't use up my limited data, but if I want to use my phone and I'm near wifi it will work well.
Posted by Janie Unruh on 11/01/18 
I'm excited that I've learned 4 bible verses already just by going through the crash course....and I thought I couldn't do it. How fun!
Posted by Tricia Mashburn on 11/01/18 
It’s perfect and easy!!!
Posted by Goletha Smith on 11/01/18 
Yes this approach worked really well compared to an app! I have a hard time with apps, to remember my password each time to download an app as I rarely add apps! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Posted by Connie on 10/31/18 

Dan Vis,

Yes, Already put the ikon on my phone few days ago. It works perfectly. Thanks!

Posted by Dan Vis on 10/31/18 

You are more than welcome Connie . Let us know if you have any trouble putting an icon on your phone. :)

PS. Make sure you are on the page you want to start out on before creating the icon as described above.

Posted by Connie on 10/31/18 
I’m so glad to have found this site. It’s about time for me to really focus on memorizing the word of God. Thanks for making this program available to help people like me, to store the armor of God in our hearts so that we are prepared for the battle anytime anywhere, where none can take it away from us.
Posted by Dan Vis on 09/05/18 
Glad to hear Kenneth. Makes using FAST a lot easier to put it on your phone like this! :)


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