How to Turn Any Website into an Android App (No Root Required)

How to Turn Any Website into an Android App (No Root Required)

There are several ways to turn virtually any website into an app Android. Although there are apps for almost every website and online service these days, not all of them are worth downloading. Installing too many apps can not only slow down your device, but also drain your phones and tablets’ battery life. By using simplified apps, users can manage these issues and avoid the invasive permissions that many apps ask for. Some websites and online services also don’t offer native apps, which means a simple app is a great way to use them without launching a mobile browser.


The Google Play Store offers a number of apps that help you convert websites into Android apps. One of the most well-known apps for this purpose is Hermit, which offers tons of features that allow users to not only create an app for any website, but customize it to their heart’s content. The app is free to download and most of its critical features are also free. This includes dark mode, ad blocking, full screen UI, and more. The app also has a premium version that offers more advanced features such as scriptlets, tags, a content blocker, and a custom user agent.

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You can easily create simple applications for any website

Screenshot of Google Play Store on Android phone

Using Remete is easy. Users can download the app from the Play Store and use an out-of-the-box simple app like Wikipedia, Twitter, Google, Reddit, Amazon, etc. Users can reverse engineer any website such as Screen Rant for example into a simple application. To do this, enter the target URL in the search bar at the bottom of the Hermit home screen and press ‘Enter.’

After loading the webpage, press the gear icon in the upper right corner and in the slide-out menu, tap “Creating a simple application.” Users can select an app name and change its URL before finalizing their choice. Users can also use the checkbox to add a shortcut (icon) to their device’s home screen if they want. Finally hit ‘Create’ to create the Lite app. Once the simple app is created, it will appear on the Hermit home page and on the home screen of your device if you choose this option. The app also offers a number of customization options, including a full dark mode that darkens not only the app’s user interface, but all web pages as well.

Another great app to turn any website into an Android app is Native Alpha. It is a free and open source software (FOSS) that started on GitHub but is now available for download from the Play Store. The app can display any website in a borderless full screen window using Android System WebView. It offers fewer options than Hermit, but it is under active development, meaning it is constantly being added with new functions. The app creation process is similar to Hermite, and users can add the shortcut to the home screen if they want.

The third and final option on this list is Google Chrome, which allows users to create simple apps on websites that have a built-in Progressive Web App (PWA) manifest. To create a simple app with Chrome, go to the target website and tap the menu button (three dots) in the upper left corner. Now select the option from the pull-out panel ‘Add to home screen.’ Users can now enter a name for the shortcut before Chrome adds it to the device’s home screen. Note that this only works on normal tabs, not in incognito mode. Once created, the new simplified application will function as normal Android app, though it lacks Dark Mode, full-screen UI, and other features of Hermit and Native Alpha.

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