What is the best way to detect a mobile device?


Is there a solid way to detect whether or not a user is using a mobile device in jQuery? Something similar to the CSS @media attribute? I would like to run a different script if the browser is on a handheld device.

The jQuery $.browser function is not what I am looking for.

Editor's note: user agent detection is not a recommended technique for modern web apps. See the comments below this answer for confirmation of this fact. It is suggested to use one of the other answers using feature detection and/or media queries.


Instead of using jQuery you can use simple JavaScript to detect it:

if( /Android|webOS|iPhone|iPad|iPod|BlackBerry|IEMobile|Opera Mini/i.test(navigator.userAgent) ) {
 // some code..
}

Or you can combine them both to make it more accessible through jQuery...

$.browser.device = (/android|webos|iphone|ipad|ipod|blackberry|iemobile|opera mini/i.test(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase()));

Now $.browser will return "device" for all above devices

Note: $.browser removed on jQuery v1.9.1. But you can use this by using jQuery migration plugin Code


A more thorough version:

var isMobile = false; //initiate as false
// device detection
if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od)|ipad|iris|kindle|Android|Silk|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows (ce|phone)|xda|xiino/i.test(navigator.userAgent) 
    || /1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(navigator.userAgent.substr(0,4))) { 
    isMobile = true;
}

For me small is beautiful so I'm using this technique:

In CSS file:

/* Smartphones ----------- */
@media only screen and (max-width: 760px) {
  #some-element { display: none; }
}

In jQuery/JavaScript file:

$( document ).ready(function() {      
    var is_mobile = false;

    if( $('#some-element').css('display')=='none') {
        is_mobile = true;       
    }

    // now i can use is_mobile to run javascript conditionally

    if (is_mobile == true) {
        //Conditional script here
    }
 });

My objective was to have my site "mobile friendly". So I use CSS Media Queries do show/hide elements depending on the screen size.

For example, in my mobile version I don't want to activate the Facebook Like Box, because it loads all those profile images and stuff. And that's not good for mobile visitors. So, besides hiding the container element, I also do this inside the jQuery code block (above):

if(!is_mobile) {
    (function(d, s, id) {
        var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];
        if (d.getElementById(id)) return;
        js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;
        js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/pt_PT/all.js#xfbml=1&appId=210731252294735";
        fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);
    }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));
}

You can see it in action at http://lisboaautentica.com

I'm still working on the the mobile version, so it's still not looking as it should, as of writing this.

Update by dekin88

There is a JavaScript API built in for detecting media. Rather than using the above solution simply use the following:

$(function() {      
    let isMobile = window.matchMedia("only screen and (max-width: 760px)").matches;

    if (isMobile) {
        //Conditional script here
    }
 });

Browser Supports: http://caniuse.com/#feat=matchmedia

The advantage to this method is that it's not only simpler and shorter, but you can conditionally target different devices such as smartphones and tablets separately if necessary without having to add any dummy elements into the DOM.


According to Mozilla - Browser detection using the user agent:

In summary, we recommend looking for the string “Mobi” anywhere in the User Agent to detect a mobile device.

Like this:

if (/Mobi/.test(navigator.userAgent)) {
    // mobile!
}

This will match all common mobile browser user agents, including mobile Mozilla, Safari, IE, Opera, Chrome, etc.

Update for Android

EricL recommends testing for Android as a user agent also, as the Chrome user agent string for tablets does not include "Mobi" (the phone versions do however):

if (/Mobi|Android/i.test(navigator.userAgent)) {
    // mobile!
}

A simple and effective one-liner:

function isMobile() { return ('ontouchstart' in document.documentElement); }

However above code doesn't take into account the case for laptops with touchscreen. Thus, I provide this second version, based on @Julian solution:

function isMobile() {
  try{ document.createEvent("TouchEvent"); return true; }
  catch(e){ return false; }
}

What you are doing by wanting to detect a mobile device is getting a little too close to a "browser sniffing" concept IMO. It would likely be much better to do some feature detection. Libraries like http://www.modernizr.com/ can help with that.

For example, where is the line between mobile and non-mobile? It gets more and more blurry every day.


It's not jQuery, but I found this: http://detectmobilebrowser.com/

It provides scripts to detect mobile browsers in several languages, one of which is JavaScript. That may help you with what you're looking for.

However, since you are using jQuery, you might want to be aware of the jQuery.support collection. It's a collection of properties for detecting the capabilities of the current browser. Documentation is here: http://api.jquery.com/jQuery.support/

Since I don't know what exactly what you're trying to accomplish, I don't know which of these will be the most useful.

All that being said, I think your best bet is to either redirect or write a different script to the output using a server-side language (if that is an option). Since you don't really know the capabilities of a mobile browser x, doing the detection, and alteration logic on the server side would be the most reliable method. Of course, all of that is a moot point if you can't use a server side language :)


Sometimes it is desired to know which brand device a client is using in order to show content specific to that device, like a link to the iPhone store or the Android market. Modernizer is great, but only shows you browser capabilities, like HTML5, or Flash.

Here is my UserAgent solution in jQuery to display a different class for each device type:

/*** sniff the UA of the client and show hidden div's for that device ***/
var customizeForDevice = function(){
    var ua = navigator.userAgent;
    var checker = {
      iphone: ua.match(/(iPhone|iPod|iPad)/),
      blackberry: ua.match(/BlackBerry/),
      android: ua.match(/Android/)
    };
    if (checker.android){
        $('.android-only').show();
    }
    else if (checker.iphone){
        $('.idevice-only').show();
    }
    else if (checker.blackberry){
        $('.berry-only').show();
    }
    else {
        $('.unknown-device').show();
    }
}

This solution is from Graphics Maniacs http://graphicmaniacs.com/note/detecting-iphone-ipod-ipad-android-and-blackberry-browser-with-javascript-and-php/


Found a solution in: http://www.abeautifulsite.net/blog/2011/11/detecting-mobile-devices-with-javascript/.

var isMobile = {
    Android: function() {
        return navigator.userAgent.match(/Android/i);
    },
    BlackBerry: function() {
        return navigator.userAgent.match(/BlackBerry/i);
    },
    iOS: function() {
        return navigator.userAgent.match(/iPhone|iPad|iPod/i);
    },
    Opera: function() {
        return navigator.userAgent.match(/Opera Mini/i);
    },
    Windows: function() {
        return navigator.userAgent.match(/IEMobile/i);
    },
    any: function() {
        return (isMobile.Android() || isMobile.BlackBerry() || isMobile.iOS() || isMobile.Opera() || isMobile.Windows());
    }
};

And then to verify if its a Mobile, you can test using:

if(isMobile.any()) {
   //some code...
}

If by "mobile" you mean "small screen," I use this:

var windowWidth = window.screen.width < window.outerWidth ?
                  window.screen.width : window.outerWidth;
var mobile = windowWidth < 500;

On iPhone you'll end up with a window.screen.width of 320. On Android you'll end up with a window.outerWidth of 480 (though that can depend on the Android). iPads and Android tablets will return numbers like 768 so they'll get the full view like you'd want.


If you use Modernizr, it is very easy to use Modernizr.touch as mentioned earlier.

However, I prefer using a combination of Modernizr.touch and user agent testing, just to be safe.

var deviceAgent = navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase();

var isTouchDevice = Modernizr.touch || 
(deviceAgent.match(/(iphone|ipod|ipad)/) ||
deviceAgent.match(/(android)/)  || 
deviceAgent.match(/(iemobile)/) || 
deviceAgent.match(/iphone/i) || 
deviceAgent.match(/ipad/i) || 
deviceAgent.match(/ipod/i) || 
deviceAgent.match(/blackberry/i) || 
deviceAgent.match(/bada/i));

if (isTouchDevice) {
        //Do something touchy
    } else {
        //Can't touch this
    }

If you don't use Modernizr, you can simply replace the Modernizr.touch function above with ('ontouchstart' in document.documentElement)

Also note that testing the user agent iemobile will give you broader range of detected Microsoft mobile devices than Windows Phone.

Also see this SO question


You can't rely on navigator.userAgent, not every device reveals its real OS. On my HTC for example, it depends on the settings ("using mobile version" on/off). On http://my.clockodo.com, we simply used screen.width to detect small devices. Unfortunately, in some Android versions there's a bug with screen.width. You can combine this way with the userAgent:

if(screen.width < 500 ||
 navigator.userAgent.match(/Android/i) ||
 navigator.userAgent.match(/webOS/i) ||
 navigator.userAgent.match(/iPhone/i) ||
 navigator.userAgent.match(/iPod/i)) {
alert("This is a mobile device");
}

I know this question has a lot of answers, but from what I saw nobody approaches the answer the way I would solve this.

CSS uses width (Media Queries) to determine which styles applied to the web document baseed on width. Why not use width in the JavaScript?

For instance in Bootstrap's (Mobile First) Media Queries, there exist 4 snap/break points:

  • Extra Small Devices are 768 pixels and under.
  • Small Devices range from 768 to 991 pixels.
  • Medium Devices range from 992 to 1199 pixels.
  • Large Devices are 1200 pixels and up.

We can use this to also solve our JavaScript issue as well.

First we will create a function that gets the window size and returns a value that allows us to see what size device is viewing our application:

var getBrowserWidth = function(){
    if(window.innerWidth < 768){
        // Extra Small Device
        return "xs";
    } else if(window.innerWidth < 991){
        // Small Device
        return "sm"
    } else if(window.innerWidth < 1199){
        // Medium Device
        return "md"
    } else {
        // Large Device
        return "lg"
    }
};

Now that we have the function set up, we can call it ans store the value:

var device = getBrowserWidth();

Your question was

I would like to run a different script if the browser is on a handheld device.

Now that we have the device information all that is left is an if statement:

if(device === "xs"){
  // Enter your script for handheld devices here 
}

Here is an example on CodePen: http://codepen.io/jacob-king/pen/jWEeWG


In one line of javascript:

var isMobile = ('ontouchstart' in document.documentElement && navigator.userAgent.match(/Mobi/));

If the user agent contains 'Mobi' (as per MDN) and ontouchstart is available then it is likely to be a mobile device.


I am surprised that no one pointed out a nice site: http://detectmobilebrowsers.com/ It has ready made code in different languages for mobile detection (including but not limited to):

  • Apache
  • ASP
  • C#
  • IIS
  • JavaScript
  • NGINX
  • PHP
  • Perl
  • Python
  • Rails

And if you need to detect the tablets as well, just check About section for additional RegEx parameter.

Android tablets, iPads, Kindle Fires and PlayBooks are not detected by design. To add support for tablets, add |android|ipad|playbook|silk to the first regex.


If you're not particularly worried about small displays you could use width/height detection. So that way if width is under a certain size, the mobile site is thrown up. It may not be the perfect way, but it will probably be the easiest to detect for multiple devices. You may need to put in a specific one for the iPhone 4 (large resolution).


To add an extra layer of control I use the HTML5 storage to detect if it is using mobile storage or desktop storage. If the browser does not support storage I have an array of mobile browser names and I compare the user agent with the browsers in the array.

It is pretty simple. Here is the function:

// Used to detect whether the users browser is an mobile browser
function isMobile() {
    ///<summary>Detecting whether the browser is a mobile browser or desktop browser</summary>
    ///<returns>A boolean value indicating whether the browser is a mobile browser or not</returns>

    if (sessionStorage.desktop) // desktop storage 
        return false;
    else if (localStorage.mobile) // mobile storage
        return true;

    // alternative
    mobile = ['iphone','ipad','android','blackberry','nokia','opera mini','windows mobile','windows phone','iemobile','tablet','mobi']; 
    var ua=navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase();
    for (var i in mobile) if (ua.indexOf(mobile[i]) > -1) return true;

    // nothing found.. assume desktop
    return false;
}

If found that just checking navigator.userAgent isn't always reliable. Greater reliability can be achieved by also checking navigator.platform. A simple modification to a previous answer seems to work better:

if (/Android|webOS|iPhone|iPad|iPod|BlackBerry/i.test(navigator.userAgent) ||
   (/Android|webOS|iPhone|iPad|iPod|BlackBerry/i.test(navigator.platform))) {
    // some code...
}

I advise you check out http://wurfl.io/

In a nutshell, if you import a tiny JavaScript file:

<script type='text/javascript' src="//wurfl.io/wurfl.js"></script>

You will be left with a JSON object that looks like:

{
 "complete_device_name":"Google Nexus 7",
 "is_mobile":true,
 "form_factor":"Tablet"
}

(That's assuming you are using a Nexus 7, of course) and you will be able to do things like:

if(WURFL.is_mobile) {
    //dostuff();
}

This is what you are looking for.

Disclaimer: I work for the company that offers this free service.


Check out this post, it gives a really nice code snippet for what to do when touch devices are detected or what to do if touchstart event is called:

$(function(){
  if(window.Touch) {
    touch_detect.auto_detected();
  } else {
    document.ontouchstart = touch_detect.surface;
  }
}); // End loaded jQuery
var touch_detect = {
  auto_detected: function(event){
    /* add everything you want to do onLoad here (eg. activating hover controls) */
    alert('this was auto detected');
    activateTouchArea();
  },
  surface: function(event){
    /* add everything you want to do ontouchstart here (eg. drag & drop) - you can fire this in both places */
    alert('this was detected by touching');
    activateTouchArea();
  }
}; // touch_detect
function activateTouchArea(){
  /* make sure our screen doesn't scroll when we move the "touchable area" */
  var element = document.getElementById('element_id');
  element.addEventListener("touchstart", touchStart, false);
}
function touchStart(event) {
  /* modularize preventing the default behavior so we can use it again */
  event.preventDefault();
}

Great answer thanks. Small improvement to support Windows phone and Zune:

if (navigator.userAgent.match(/Android/i) ||
  navigator.userAgent.match(/webOS/i) ||
  navigator.userAgent.match(/iPhone/i) ||
  navigator.userAgent.match(/iPad/i) ||
  navigator.userAgent.match(/iPod/i) ||
  navigator.userAgent.match(/BlackBerry/) ||
  navigator.userAgent.match(/Windows Phone/i) ||
  navigator.userAgent.match(/ZuneWP7/i)
) {
  // some code
  self.location = "top.htm";
}

Here's a function you can use to get a true/false answer as to whether you're running on a mobile browser. Yes, it is browser-sniffing, but sometimes that is exactly what you need.

function is_mobile() {
    var agents = ['android', 'webos', 'iphone', 'ipad', 'blackberry'];
    for(i in agents) {
        if(navigator.userAgent.match('/'+agents[i]+'/i')) {
            return true;
        }
    }
    return false;
}

All answers use user-agent to detect the browser but device detection based on user-agent is not very good solution, better is to detect features like touch device (in new jQuery they remove $.browser and use $.support instead).

To detect mobile you can check for touch events:

function is_touch_device() {
  return 'ontouchstart' in window // works on most browsers 
      || 'onmsgesturechange' in window; // works on ie10
}

Taken from What's the best way to detect a 'touch screen' device using JavaScript?


I would be suggesting to use following combo of strings, to check if device type being used.

As per Mozilla documentation string Mobi is recommended. But, some of the old tablets doesn't return true if only Mobi is used, hence we should use Tablet string too.

Similarly, for being on the safe side iPad and iPhone strings could also be used to check the device type.

Most of the new devices would return true for Mobi string alone.

if (/Mobi|Tablet|iPad|iPhone/.test(navigator.userAgent)) {
    // do something
}

You can use media query to be able to handle it easily.

isMobile = function(){
    var isMobile = window.matchMedia("only screen and (max-width: 760px)");
    return isMobile.matches ? true : false
}

Use this:

/**  * jQuery.browser.mobile (http://detectmobilebrowser.com/)  * jQuery.browser.mobile will be true if the browser is a mobile device  **/ (function(a){jQuery.browser.mobile=/android.+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows (ce|phone)|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|e\-|e\/|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(di|rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|xda(\-|2|g)|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera);

Then use this:

if(jQuery.browser.mobile)
{
   console.log('You are using a mobile device!');
}
else
{
   console.log('You are not using a mobile device!');
}

Simple function based on http://detectmobilebrowser.com/

function isMobile() {
    var a = navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera;
    return /(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows (ce|phone)|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4));
}

<script>
  function checkIsMobile(){
      if(navigator.userAgent.indexOf("Mobile") > 0){
        return true;
      }else{
        return false;
      }
   }
</script>

If you goto any browser and if you try to get navigator.userAgent then we'll be getting the browser information something like following

Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_13_1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/64.0.3282.186 Safari/537.36

The same thing if you do in mobile you'll be getting following

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 8.1.0; Pixel Build/OPP6.171019.012) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/61.0.3163.98 Mobile Safari/537.36

Every mobile browser will have useragent with string containing "Mobile" So I'm using above snippet in my code to check whether current user agent is web/mobile. Based on the result I'll be doing required changes.


How about mobiledetect.net?

Other solutions seem too basic. This is a lightweight PHP class. It uses the User-Agent string combined with specific HTTP headers to detect the mobile environment. You can also benefit from Mobile Detect by using any of the 3rd party plugins available for: WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, etc.


I use this

if(navigator.userAgent.search("mobile")>0 ){
         do something here
}

User agent strings should not be trusted alone. Solution below will work in all situations.

function isMobile(a) {
  return (/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a) || /1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0, 4)));
}

and call this function:

isMobile(navigator.userAgent || navigator.vendor || window.opera)