The homepage is a feature that’s been present in every basically every browser. A homepage is a web page that has been programmed into the browser, it’s typically opened by default when the browser opens. Most browsers provide a default homepage, that is generally used to inform new users about some browser features. Users can override this if they have another page they prefer to set. Some browsers allow multiple homepages to be set, or for the behavior to be changed to reload previous pages.
Some browsers, such as the Vivaldi browser on Android have made some changes to how the homepage works. Instead of launching to a homepage, Vivaldi presents a page of bookmarks it calls “Speed Dial”. A homepage can be configured, however, it can only be accessed via the home button. The Speed Dial feature is always the default new tab or new window page.
The homepage can still be a useful option with a design like this as the home button can essentially act as a shortcut to the configured website. This is especially useful in the Vivaldi browser on Android as the home button can always be used without having to go through any menus.
To configure a homepage, you need to configure the in-app settings. To do so, tap the Vivaldi icon in the top-right corner of the app.
In the dropdown menu, tap “Settings” to access Vivaldi’s in-app settings.
Once in Vivaldi’s settings, scroll to the bottom, then tap the second to last setting labelled “Homepage”.
The homepage setting will default to “Vivaldi’s homepage”, also known as the Speed Dial page. You can configure a custom homepage by tapping “Enter custom web address” and then entering the URL of the webpage you want to use.
Tip: You don’t need to add the “http://” or “https://” to the URL, as it will be automatically inserted.
To access your homepage, tap the 9-dot icon in the centre of the bottom bar.
Note: This 9-dot icon is replaced with a search button when on the Speed Dial page.