iOS Notion Page Launcher with Custom Icon | guide

Alex Sherwood
Aug 15 '19 ยท 2 min read ยท 1097 views
This guide explains how to create a custom app icon, that lets you open specific Notion page in the app, from your home screen fast โšก๏ธ โ” If you have any questions about this, ask them here. To make this easier to do, I've modified a Shortcut from Federico Viticci at Mac Stories, to create a simple version of the shortcut for Notion users.


First - Download the Shortcuts app from the App Store

If you don't have it already (it's preinstalled on iOS 13 by default), download the app from here.

Add the Shortcut that creates the icon to your available Shortcuts

To use this Shortcut, you'll need to change the your security settings on your phone to allow untrusted shortcuts.
Go to the Settings app โ€”> Shortcuts โ€”> toggle 'Allow Untrusted Shortcuts' to on.
Then download the Shortcut from here, by tapping 'Get Shortcut':

Save your app icon

I wanted to be able to set my app icon with the same emoji that I've used as the page that I'm linking to's icon in Notion.
You can quickly find high quality images of every default emoji here:
Tap & hold the image of the Apple version of the emoji & choose 'add to photos'.
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Get the link to your page

Go to your page in Notion, tap the โ€ขโ€ขโ€ข in the top right hand corner of the page on desktop or the sharing icon in the top right hand corner of the window in the app and choose 'copy page link'.

Edit the link to your page so that it launches the app when clicked

Remove the https from the beginning of the URL & replace it with notion. That should look like this: notion://
Copy that link to your clipboard.

Finally - Create the custom app icon

Open the Shortcut named 'Home Screen Icon Creator | NMS Edit', which you added earlier, in the Shortcuts app.
Follow the steps in the Shortcut & when you're done, tap the icon on your home screen to open your Notion page ๐Ÿ’ฅ

๐ŸŽฅ Long demo

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Credit to Josh Hildebrand for taking Federico's guide and adapting it for Notion users first & to Daniel Rahal for sharing that guide with the Notion Made Simple community.

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