๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™€๏ธHow to turn Lockeroom into an app

Lockeroom
Lockeroom
Aug 13 ยท 3 min read

Tired of using browsers for everything? Us too ๐Ÿ˜…

๐Ÿคผโ€โ™‚๏ธ Web vs App

A lot of our users have asked when a mobile app version of Lockeroom is likely to be released. This is really awesome to hear, for two reasons:

  1. It highlights that some users like our product but find using a web browser less efficient. This helps us because we can then solve problems which create this feeling ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ
  2. This suggests that some users might like Lockeroom to live on their device, which we like to think means weโ€™re doing something right! ๐Ÿฅณ

Whilst building a dedicated iOS or Android app is something we definitely want to do, we arenโ€™t likely to get to this point for a while. So we found another way.


๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Converting websites into mobile apps๐Ÿ“ฑ

Thanks to some tidy engineering work, we have created a way to experience Lockeroom as a mobile app:

  • you get a Lockeroom app icon on your mobile Homescreen, so that you can get to your matches more quickly ๐ŸŽ
  • Lockeroom will open in full screen (instead of in a browser), so that it is easier to use and a more relaxing experience ๐Ÿ’†โ€โ™€๏ธ

We asked one of our users, Alex, to try this out for us and check everything worked. Happily, Alex confirmed what we had hoped:

Awesome feedback. We asked Alex to send us some screenshots to compare his experience with our own and to share with users.

Lockeroom saved to an iPhone

These screenshots should give you some idea of how this would work. If you would like to use Lockeroom in this way, keep reading to find out how to get it on your own device ๐Ÿ™‹


๐Ÿค” How-to Guides

Doing this is actually much easier than it might sound. Weโ€™ve created a couple of 3-minute-guides to help:


๐Ÿ”ฎ Future

We donโ€™t want to stop here โ€” thereโ€™s more to add:

  • Offline mode โ€” use Lockeroom even when youโ€™re in a network black spot in deepest, darkest Cornwall
  • Notifications โ€” so you can remind yourself on Friday to wash your kit before the match

These functions are slightly more complex, so we want to tackle them when we go full-time on Lockeroom, but we are really keen to get on to them ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿš€


๐Ÿ™Œ Lockeroom is currently FREE

We want to help as many teams as possible, so if you like using Lockeroom please tell any friends who might like it too! All they have to do is head to getlockeroom.co and start creating their team โ€” itโ€™s free to use ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers,

Jarryd, Harry & Ollie

getlockeroom.co


More on Progressive Web Apps

This feature is possible because we are currently building Lockeroom as a Progressive Web App, or PWA for short.

A lot of fast-moving tech companies are now fully committed to this approach, such as Twitter, Uber & Tinder.

If you are interested in PWAs, there are plenty of examples at Appscope which is an app store dedicated to PWAs ๐Ÿš€

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