PWA - Add to home screen

I am trying to set up my React PWA to give a notification to the user to add my page to their homescreen.

This is my first time working with a service-worker, however as far as I can tell from the application tab in chrome dev-tools it is installing/registering my service-worker for my application just fine.

However when I click the 'Add to homescreen` link to simulate the popup i get an error in the console


I have searched and tried all the potential solutions on stackoverflow etc. but have not been able to resolve my issue, hopefully someone here can help me out.

This is my manifest.json

  "short_name": "Project",
  "name": "New Project",
  "icons": [
        "src": "/android-chrome-192x192.png",
        "sizes": "192x192",
        "type": "image/png"
        "src": "/android-chrome-512x512.png",
        "sizes": "512x512",
        "type": "image/png"
  "start_url": "/login",
  "theme_color": "#ffffff",
  "background_color": "#ffffff",
  "display": "fullscreen"

And this is the registerServiceWorker that I believe is generated when running create-react-app

// In production, we register a service worker to serve assets from local cache.

// This lets the app load faster on subsequent visits in production, and gives
// it offline capabilities. However, it also means that developers (and users)
// will only see deployed updates on the "N+1" visit to a page, since previously
// cached resources are updated in the background.

// To learn more about the benefits of this model, read
// This link also includes instructions on opting out of this behavior.

const isLocalhost = Boolean(
  window.location.hostname === 'localhost' ||
    // [::1] is the IPv6 localhost address.
    window.location.hostname === '[::1]' ||
    // is considered localhost for IPv4.

export default function register() {
  if (process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production' && 'serviceWorker' in navigator) {
    // The URL constructor is available in all browsers that support SW.
    const publicUrl = new URL(process.env.PUBLIC_URL, window.location);
    if (publicUrl.origin !== window.location.origin) {
      // Our service worker won't work if PUBLIC_URL is on a different origin
      // from what our page is served on. This might happen if a CDN is used to
      // serve assets; see

    window.addEventListener('load', () => {
      const swUrl = `${process.env.PUBLIC_URL}/service-worker.js`;

      if (isLocalhost) {
        // This is running on localhost. Lets check if a service worker still exists or not.
      } else {
        // Is not local host. Just register service worker

function registerValidSW(swUrl) {
    .then(registration => {
      registration.onupdatefound = () => {
        const installingWorker = registration.installing;
        installingWorker.onstatechange = () => {
          if (installingWorker.state === 'installed') {
            if (navigator.serviceWorker.controller) {
              // At this point, the old content will have been purged and
              // the fresh content will have been added to the cache.
              // It's the perfect time to display a "New content is
              // available; please refresh." message in your web app.
              console.log('New content is available; please refresh.');
            } else {
              // At this point, everything has been precached.
              // It's the perfect time to display a
              // "Content is cached for offline use." message.
              console.log('Content is cached for offline use.');
    .catch(error => {
      console.error('Error during service worker registration:', error);

function checkValidServiceWorker(swUrl) {
  // Check if the service worker can be found. If it can't reload the page.
    .then(response => {
      // Ensure service worker exists, and that we really are getting a JS file.
      if (
        response.status === 404 ||
        response.headers.get('content-type').indexOf('javascript') === -1
      ) {
        // No service worker found. Probably a different app. Reload the page.
        navigator.serviceWorker.ready.then(registration => {
          registration.unregister().then(() => {
      } else {
        // Service worker found. Proceed as normal.
    .catch(() => {
        'No internet connection found. App is running in offline mode.'

export function unregister() {
  if ('serviceWorker' in navigator) {
    navigator.serviceWorker.ready.then(registration => {

Ended up resolving my issue incase anyone else has similar issues in the future.

First of all you cannot view the ‘Add to home screen’ functionality through the dev-tools emulation of mobile devices, so you must set up a remote device in chrome dev-tools

Secondly the service worker may not install if you just npm/yarn start you need to build and serve