In this post, you’ll see the steps to add WhatsApp and Telegram and their chat shortcut to the home screen.
Hitting the latter will take you to the chat directly, making the shortcut a quick and easy way to access a specific conversation.
You’ll also view WhatsApp Web and Desktop keyboard shortcuts. Let’s begin.
Add WhatsApp Chat Shortcut on Home Screen
Open the WhatsApp app and hit your preferred group or contact chat.
If the contact chat you prefer isn’t in the “Chats” tab, hit the “New chat” icon at the bottom right and tap the contact.
Hit the three vertical dots at the top right. Select “More,” which you can find beneath “Wallpaper.”
Hit the “Add shortcut” beneath “Export chat.”
To place the shortcut on the home screen manually, use the icon. Otherwise, hit the “Add to home screen” button. I’m using the button here.
That’s all. You can see the shortcut on the home screen now, and tapping it will open the chat screen.
Here’s how you can remove this shortcut: Drag the shortcut and drop it on the “Remove” at the top.
Alternatively, you can follow the steps below to add it: Long press the chat you prefer. Hit the three vertical dots at the top right and select “Add chat shortcut.” The rest of the steps are the same as above.
WhatsApp for iPhone doesn’t have the option to do this task. But you can do this using the “Shortcuts” app.
Here are the steps:
Open the “Shortcuts” app and tap the “+” icon at the top right. Hit the search box at the bottom and type “whatsapp” (without double quotes).
Find and tap “Send Message via WhatsApp.”
Tap the “+” icon beside “Recipient.” Choose the contact you want and tap “Done” at the top right.
The shortcut is ready now, and to put it on the home screen, follow these steps:
Long press the shortcut you created and hit “Edit.” Tap the “Share” icon and select “Add to Home Screen.”
Change the name and icon of the shortcut as per your preference. Hit “Add” at the top right.
That’s all. You can see the shortcut on the iPhone home screen now.
To remove this shortcut from the home screen, press the shortcut icon and select “Delete Bookmark.” In the popup, tap “Delete.”
To remove the shortcut from the “Shortcuts” app, press the shortcut and tap “Delete.” Hit “Delete Shortcut.”
Add Telegram Chat Shortcut to Android Home Screen
Let’s see the steps which apply to both group and private chats.
In the Telegram app, open the conversation you want.
If the chat of the contact you prefer does not exist, hit the “Pencil” icon at the bottom right and tap the contact you like.
Hit the name at the top. Tap the three vertical dots at the top right and select “Add to Home Screen.”
Use the icon in the popup if you prefer to add the shortcut to the home screen manually. Otherwise, hit the “Add to Home screen” button. I’m using the button here.
That’s it. You can see the shortcut on the home screen. To remove it, drag and drop it on the “Remove” at the top.
Add WhatsApp or Telegram Shortcut on Home Screen
If you’re using an Android phone, unlock your device and swipe up.
Find “WhatsApp” or “Telegram” and drag it. Drop it on the home screen you prefer.
To remove this shortcut, drag the shortcut and drop it on the “Remove” at the top.
If you’re on iPhone, swipe to the left until you see the “App Library.” Tap on the “Social” folder, and you can see “Telegram” or “WhatsApp.”
Drag it and drop it on the home screen you like. Tap “Done” at the top right.
Press the “WhatsApp” or “Telegram” icon to remove the shortcut from the iPhone home screen. Tap “Remove App” and select “Remove from Home Screen.”
Create a Shortcut of WhatsApp or Telegram on the Desktop
Let’s see the steps to add the WhatsApp or Telegram Desktop app shortcut to the Windows 11 Desktop.
Press the “Windows” and “R” keys on your keyboard, and you can see Run Command Box. Type shell:appsfolder and hit the “OK” button.
Find “WhatsApp” or “Telegram Desktop” and right-click on it. Select “Create shortcut” and hit “Yes” in the popup.
You can see the shortcut on the Desktop now. Rename and change the icon if you prefer.
WhatsApp Desktop App Shortcuts
To mute or unmute a chat, press Ctr l+ Shift + M.
Press Ctrl + Shift + Tab (or [) to move to the previous chat. To move to the following conversation, press Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + Shift + ].
You can use Ctrl + (1 to 9) to open a chat. For instance, if you want to open a second chat, you need to use Ctrl + 2.
The shortcut key is Ctrl + Shift+ E to get to the Emoji panel. For the GIF panel, Ctrl + Shift+ G.
For the new chat, Ctrl + N, and the new group, Ctrl + Shift + N.
To close a chat, press Ctrl + F4 (or W). To close the Desktop app, you need to use the key combination Alt + F4.
Use Ctrl + Shift + U to mark a chat as read or unread.
For Settings, you need to press Ctrl + P. For searching in a chat, press Ctrl + Shift + F. To get to the search box in the left sidebar, Ctrl + F.
WhatsApp Web Shortcuts
For muting a chat, you need to press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + M. To delete a conversation, Ctrl + Alt + Backspace.
To get to the search box in the left sidebar, Ctrl + Alt + /. For searching within the chat, Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F and Alt + K is for extended search.
To pin a chat, Ctrl + Alt + Shift + P. For profile and about, Ctrl + Alt + P.
You can also increase or decrease selected voice message speed using shortcuts, and for the latter, Shift + comma (,), and the increase, Shift + full stop (.).
To get to Settings, press Ctrl + Alt + comma (,).
For the Emoji panel, Ctrl + Alt + E, and to get to the Sticker panel, Ctrl + Alt + S, and for the GIF panel, Ctrl + Alt + G.
Press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Tab to move to the previous chat. To move to the following conversation, Ctrl + Alt + Tab.
For a new chat, press Ctrl + Alt + N. For a new group, press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + N. To close the conversation, press the “Escape” key.