Known Issues With Our Apps

Posted on 22. July 2021 by Jan Bunk


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Our goal is to turn your website into an app in a way that requires no website changes from you. Unfortunately there are some app issues that we can't resolve at the moment. Mostly these are features that most web browsers support, but our apps don't. That means, if your website relies on such features, they won't work in your app.

The Issues

Displaying PDF files

Our apps can't display PDF files inside the app. We can't resolve this ourselves, we have to wait on Google for a fix.

In the meantime, we have created a workaround. To use it, just let us know which URLs of your website try to display PDFs. We will then configure the app in a way so that it allows the user to open the PDF file in a separate app, like a PDF viewer. The only requirements for this are that the PDF file is accessed via a URL (and not loaded via javascript or something like that) and that it is accessible without logging into a user account or something similar.

Downloading Files

Currently, our apps can't download files. To resolve this, we need to wait on a change by Google.

In the meantime, we have created a workaround. To use it, just let us know which URLs of your website try to download files. We will then configure the app in a way so that it allows the user to open those URLs in a browser. The only requirement for this is that the file to download is accessed via a URL (and not loaded via javascript or something like that). If a user needs to log in on your website before he can download the file, he will have to do that too when directed from the app into the browser.

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Author Jan Bunk
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Jan Bunk

This website is operated by me, Jan, and my team. I have previously developed a bunch of apps for clients and my own projects. Back in 2019 I noticed that none of the existing website to app converters provide the kind of service I'd expect as a customer. That inspired me to develop a better solution - webtoapp.design. By now, the apps I've created with my team have already been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times from the app stores.