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Viewing FAST on Your Phone
By Dan Vis
October 09, 2016
Comments: 93

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)

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, the LAB, or your training team. Add as many or as few icons as you want!

That's all there is to it...

Comments

So what do you think? Did this approach work for you? Is it a good alternative to an app?

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! :)
Posted by Kenneth Onye Ine on 09/05/18
Yes Dan it worked, thanks and Gd bless you
Posted by Monicah on 03/21/18
Found it!! Thank you.
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/11/17

Warren, try looking for a video on youtube about how to add url shortcuts to your iphone. It's very easy. Just set one up for someone the other day and it worked very easily.

Glad you got it working Nathaniel, Narelle, Valerie. It is nice having it everywhere at just a click or two away, isn't it?

Posted by Valerie Wise Burrell on 11/11/17
Dan Vis,
I now have FAST on my Android and my Apple phones. I use the Note for business only and iPhone for personal but love having FAST on both. I need to have the Word in my heart wherever I am and whenever I can.
Posted by Nathaniel C Nwazue on 11/01/17
It was certainly easy to get FAST on my android phone. I like it because my phone goes everywhere with me.
Posted by Narelle Dorrington on 10/30/17
It works
Posted by Warren Creed on 10/22/17

I tried following the directions to add to my iPhone but to no avail. Anyone else have problems adding it tot he iPhone?

Warren

Posted by Dan Vis on 10/11/17

Hi Qing! Detail is always helpful. Let's me see exactly what is happen and try to find fixes.

First, the autologin definitely seems to be working. Just tried it again and checked the code carefully. But it only stores your login credentials for 2 weeks. So if you logout or haven't used your phone in awhile (or you have cookies disabled) it will forget you. Try it again and see if it doesn't work (use the first link above).

Second, I made another slight change which should help quite a bit. Now, when on a mobile device and you manually login, it takes you to the mobile home page rather than the desktop news page. That's the one with the 4 dashboard icons and the 6-7 main buttons.

Third, I also changed the desktop start page to forward to the mobile start page so you should never see the page you mentioned in method 2. Not sure why you saw that either unless you specifically saved an icon to fastmissions.com/welcome.

Anyway now you should be able to get to your review in just 2 steps now (3 if you logout). Go to fastmissions.com/mobile (phone shortcut), login if needed, then click the Engine icon. Tell me if this isn't so...

Posted by Qing Ling on 10/10/17

Thanks for clarifying Dan
I think I must have different mobile settings to you. I saved www.fastmissions.com/mobile to my home screen.this takes me to the mobile layout of the FAST page. (Tap 1)
I am not logged on automatically like you for some reason. So I click on the login button underneath the other two options (tap 2).
Then I get to the login page which has my user and password prefilled (that's automatic), so I click login to submit the prefilled password (Tap 3). Then I'm taken to latest news FAST homepage. I scroll down to bottom, click the Engine (tap 4). Then click review to start my daily review (tap 5).

The other method I use is to click directly on shortcut link on home screen to daily review (tap 1)
Get taken to FAST desktop site which has the big climb higher word (it doesn't adjust to my mobile screen size by the way). Click login (tap 2). Get to page with prefilled user and password, click on login to submit (tap 3). Get to latest news homepage.Tap out (4) to my homescreen again. Tap (5) on my daily review shortcut link again. Get taken to the daily review page. Tap (6) on the review button and start my daily review :)

It's amusing to really see how many taps both methods requires now that I've actually typed it all out.

So what do you think? Am I missing something here? I will be smacking myself on the forehead if all this while I could have been just doing two taps to get into daily review 😱 😁

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