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Making a mobile site behave like an iOS app

So you’ve created a nice, mobile-friendly website. But now you want it to seem a little more β€œapp-like".

On iOS, you can create a icon on the home screen by using the β€œAdd to Home Screen" button in Safari.


This nicely hides the browser toolbar at the top. Unfortunately the footer toolbar is still visible.

Here’s where the apple-mobile-web-app-capable meta tag comes in.

Adding the following meta-tag causes Safari to hide both toolbars and run in fullscreen mode.

<meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-capable" content="yes">

There’s one big limitation with apple-mobile-web-app-capable though.

By default, it only persists for that single page. Any links to other pages of the same site will pop open Safari and you’ll be stuck with a page that isn’t running fullscreen anymore.

Luckily there’s an easy Javascript workaround.

if(window.navigator.standalone) {    $(document).delegate('a', 'click', function(e) {        e.preventDefault();        location.href = $( ).attr( "href" );      });}