I want to pin a page with a certain URL. Unfortunately, when I open it in IE, I get redirected to another page, and thus I can only pin it, not the original URL. Is it possible to pin the original URL somehow?


Yes, I have found a way to be able to do what you need to do.

Note: I have tried this on Windows Phone 7 and it should work in Windows Phone 8 too.

Start by removing all internet connectivity from your phone i.e. put your phone in airplane mode (no data plan / wifi ).

Now, go to Internet Explorer and type in the URL you want to pin. Because you have no internet, the page will finish loading without doing a redirect. Now tape the More... and then pin to start.

Hope this helps :)

Here are some of the other things you can pin. Obviously the above technique isn't published on the Microsoft website!

Late edit: an alternative (and prettier?) way to do this

  1. Download the WizTiles app from the Windows Phone App Store
  2. With this app (or other such apps), you can create your down tiles to do specific tasks- one such thing is to create a tile that goes to a specific web page.

Advantage of using this method over the method used above: you get to specify what your tile looks like as opposed to a fixed "Page cannot be displayed" tile.

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    Excellent, outside of the box thinking. I just verified that it works on Windows Phone 8. – caschw Jun 12 '13 at 0:42
  • Wow :) Now I hate myself for not thinking about it! :) – Roman Dmitrienko Jun 13 '13 at 7:57
  • By the way, the tile now displays "Page not available" thumbnail. Maybe it is possible to force it to reload itself? – Roman Dmitrienko Jun 13 '13 at 7:59
  • Clicking on the pinned tile when you have internet connectivity doesn't change the tile thumbnail? – karancan Jun 13 '13 at 13:49
  • Apparently, no. I clicked it, I let it load the page, then I close IE and the tile is the same – Roman Dmitrienko Jun 13 '13 at 17:15

It is not possible to change the pinned tile. The best one can do is delete an existing tile and re-pin a new url.

You still cannot do what you request. You can only pin the url of that is in the address bar of the page as it is. If a site changes the address, than that is the url that will be pinned.

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