WebApps on Ubuntu Touch: how to install them easily

Web Apps on Ubuntu Touch

Although it has its shortcomings, Ubuntu Touch is a solid operating system. Canonical/UBports has designed it to be difficult to break, in part by preventing packages from official repositories from being installed. Whoever wants something like this should pull Libertine, with which you have the security that comes by default with the possibilities of desktop software. The downside is that it doesn't work on the PineTab, and it's been on the market for two years now. This tablet uses a lot of web applications, and in this article we are going to explain how install webapps on ubuntu touch.

Web browsers are complex and complete programs, and sometimes we don't need everything they offer to use an application. For example, the URL bar and menus. That is what is usually done when we install a web application, and the WebApps in Ubuntu Touch are a reduced Morph. An easy way to install these types of applications on the operating system that Canonical started is to use Webber.

WebApps on Ubuntu Touch with Webber

Installing WebApps on Ubuntu Touch with Webber is very simple, but there were times when it wasn't so easy due to lack of information and because sometimes it didn't work. Past times. Doing it now is as simple as:

  1. We install Webber. We can search for it in the OpenStore.
  2. Once installed, we open the Morph browser and open the web page that we want to convert into a WebApp, such as Photopea or YouTube.
  3. Once with the web open, we touch the hamburger menu and then Share.

Share menu in Morph Browser

  1. In the share menu, we choose Webber.

Choose Webber

  1. Choosing Webber will open the app and the options. For example, what name do we want to give it, the icon, to choose between the favicon, a capture or custom, and other options that are in the “Personalize” menu, where we can show or hide the bar, among other things. When we finish, which I usually leave by default, we click Create.

Webber's Menu

  1. A warning will appear telling us that the application is not secure. We click on “I understand the risks”.

Accept dangerous app warning

  1. A message like the following will appear, indicating that the app has been installed correctly.

Message that appears when installing WebApps on Ubuntu Touch

And that would be all. If there has been no problem, the new application will appear in the app drawer, which is accessed by swiping from the left or by tapping on the Ubuntu icon.

WebApps in Ubuntu Touch appear in the app drawer

Uninstall apps

To uninstall an application in Ubuntu Touch, whether it is WebApp or not, we have to open the app drawer, make a long press on its icon and wait for the OpenStore to open. We will finish the uninstall by touching the trash can icon that appears at the top right.

With this we can have practically all kinds of applications. For example, the aforementioned YouTube and Photopea, the latter being a very good and popular image editor.

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