When using "add to home screen" in ios safari, the wordpress sites I build for my clients are being saved as discreet apps rather than links that open in the browser. I tap the newly created icon, and the site opens as an app rather than a new tab in mobile safari (my default browser).

This seems to be semi recent behavior. Maybe in the past 2 years at the most. I've tested a number of sites, and it seems to only happen on the WP sites I've built within the past 2 years max. Other sites are saved to the home screen as browser links. Has anyone encountered this before and know how to stop it from happening?

  • WordPress wouldn't be responsible for this, it would be something done by your theme or a plugin. Have you started using a different theme in the last 2 years? Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 0:29
  • @Jacob Peattie You set me on the right path. The answer is below. Thanks!!!
    – dadra
    Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 1:12

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An online favicon generator that I use included a site.webmanifest file. In that file I needed to change this...

"display": "standalone"

...to this:

"display": "browser"

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