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Mobile homepage.html (ΒΆ)

I'm not satisfied with the new tab page on Android Chrome. So, I put together an html file that I can use as my own homepage. Here's a comparison:

I don't like the new tab page because:

Unfortunately, new tabs still always go to the new tab page and I have to hit the home button. So while it's not as seamless as I'd like, I can live with the one extra tap.

Here's what I did:

  1. Create the html file, which is as follows:

    <!DOCTYPE html5>
        <meta charset="UTF-8"/>
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0"/>
        display: flex;
        flex-direction: column;
        display: flex;
        align-items: center;
        justify-content: center;
        margin: 8px 0;
        width: 100%;
        height: 50px;
        background-color: pink;
        border-radius: 8px;
        font-weight: bold;
        font-family: sans-serif;
        display: grid;
        grid-auto-flow: column;
        grid-gap: 8px;
        <a href="">Example</a>
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  2. Sync it between PC and phone with the amazing Syncthing.

  3. Set it as the homepage using either file:///storage/emulated/0/<path>/homepage.html or file:///mnt/sdcard/<path>/homepage.html. Despite the name /sdcard/, this path should correspond to internal storage.

    Note: With Android 10's new scoped storage permissions, you may get a permission denied error while opening the page. Your first option is to place the file inside the Android/data/ folder. E.g., an absolute path of file:///storage/emulated/0/Android/data/

    Alternatively, I was able to bypass the scoped storage system altogether with this ADB command: adb shell sm set-isolated-storage off which rebooted the phone immediately and may have other consequences. I am not sure how it fares on Android 11.

Recently, I have been trying to use Android Firefox more, since it has extension support and thus uBlock. Astonishingly, Mozilla has removed the ability to set a homepage, which I believe occurred as part of the 2020-08-25 update. And their new tab page has an even bigger thing that I won't ever ever ever click on. I'm not sure what's going on over there.

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