How To Check That Your WordPress Blog Is Mobile-Friendly

As more and more people read blog posts on their mobile phones and tablets, anyone who publishes a blog post should ensure that their blog is mobile-friendly. 

Is your WordPress blog mobile friendly?

Fortunately, most WordPress themes are mobile-friendly, but it’s worth checking if the theme you are using is mobile-compliant and displays correctly on mobile devices. Failure to do so can result in fewer visitors, likes and comments on your blog. 

The easiest way to check your blog is mobile-friendly is to look at it on a mobile phone or tablet. If it’s not mobile-friendly or not displaying correctly, there are a few options open to you. 

Let’s get started

  • In the dashboard of your blog, click on WP Admin
Click on ‘WP ADmin’
  • Click on Appearance. 
Click on “Appearance’
  • Click on Mobile
Click on ‘Mobile’

The screen that opens will show you which theme you’re currently using and whether or not the theme is mobile-friendly.

Is your WordPress blog mobile friendly?

As you can see from the above shot, the theme I use is deemed to be mobile-friendly, so I checked it out on my mobile phone and iPad. I’m pleased to say that it displays correctly.  

  • If you’re told that the theme you are using is not mobile-friendly, or it does not display correctly, click on ‘YES‘ next to Enable Mobile Theme
Is your WordPress blog mobile friendly?
  • Remember to save any changes you’ve made by clicking on the Update button.
Click the ‘Update’ button

Your blog should now be mobile-friendly. Check to see what it looks like on your mobile phone or tablet.  

If it’s still not mobile-friendly or not displaying correctly, then you will need to change the theme of your blog to one that is mobile-friendly. 

To choose a new theme, go to the dashboard of your blog and click on Design and then on Themes.

Click on ‘Design’ and ‘Themes’

With hundreds of free themes, it can be fun choosing a new one. However, don’t spend too long choosing a new theme. It can use up many hours of your time. Once you find one you like, check it’s mobile-friendly and, if it is, stick with it.  

Don’t miss out on the chance of ensuring or making your blog mobile-friendly. If it’s not, your blog could be missing out on thousands of new visitors and followers.

My thanks to Caz at Mental Health From The Other Side for asking me a question about mobile-friendly blogs, which gave me the idea for this post.

Do you have any questions about this post? Please leave them in the comments section.

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  1. Love the article Hugh!

    One thing I would mention is that finding the right WP theme pays off in the long-run. The right theme should be lightweight so it’s quick to load on non-WiFi mobile phones. Load speed is usually an overlooked aspect of choosing a WordPress theme.

    1. Thank you, Sarah. Yes, I agree. Although most WordPress themes are now mobile-friendly, the speed at which they load is essential. Things such as too many images or the size of images can slow loading down. It’s one of the reasons why I recommend that all bloggers check and resize their images before publishing a post.

  2. Hi Hugh,
    Exciting that your theme is mobile friendly. I love these WordPress tips and tricks that you share.
    I tried following your tips. I went to Appearance, Themes but didn’t see what you’re showing.
    My tech helper built me a custom theme. Am I correct in assuming your tips don’t apply to my theme?
    Great tutorial.
    Janice

    1. Hi Janice, no, it doesn’t have anything to do with your theme. It’s because your blog is self-hosted, so you won’t always see what I see when looking at the dashboard of your blog. My blog is a WordPress.Com blog, so many of the shots I showed in the post will only apply to those bloggers who have a WordPress.Com blog. However, if you’re happy with the way your blog looks on your mobile phone and tablet, then your blog will already be mobile-friendly. I hope that helps?

  3. Good info and how-to for those who aren’t self-hosted. I pinned this! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 9, open February 1 to 26.

    My themed party 10 for All Things Love and Valentine’s Day is open January 30 to February 10 if you have any appropriate posts.

    Won’t you join me at my Short Story Prompt party February 2 to 9 for fun and creativity? Just start typing, see what you come up with! Remember, no story is too short! The prompt is: The sun was shining brightly but then…

    1. I’m so pleased I get the invite to join your linky parties. I’ve seen the other one for the short story, too. I’ve already participated in the ‘All Things Love and Valentine’s Day one’, but thank you for mentioning it.

  4. Thanks for the good tip, Hugh. I use the block editor and do preview my post in Desktop, Tablet, and Phone views before publishing. I also check how it looks on my desktop and phone once it goes live. #senisal

  5. Thanks for another piece of great advice, Hugh. I thought my blog was already mobile friendly because of the way it displayed, but I followed your tutorial and it made a big difference. Great tip! I gave up on centering captions on my photo galleries. Thought I had it but it somehow reverted back.

    1. Glad to hear that it improved the layout of your blog even more on mobiles and tablets, Suzanne. Sorry to hear about the captions. You may need to add the code to your CSS feed again. If it doesn’t help, then it could be a bug with the theme you are using. That’s when the WordPress Happiness engineers would need to step in.

  6. Excellent helpful post Hugh. I will note, on my self-hosted blog their is no option in my menu that says mobile. However, I’ve been getting a message for the past 2 weeks in my dashboard from Jetpack, alerting that they won’t be keeping ‘mobile’ come March. My blog’s theme says it’s mobile friendly. Will Jetpack screw up things if the theme is good? 🙂

    1. If it’s already mobile-friendly, I doubt it, Debby. Once WordPress retire the Classic editor, all their themes will be Gutenberg friendly. The few themes that are not Gutenberg friendly will be discounted. All Gutenberg themes are deemed to be mobile-friendly, but it’s worth checking that your blog displays correctly on a mobile phone and/or tablet. I checked my blog on my partner’s phone and was pleased to see that everything displayed correctly. However, in some cases, where a device does not have the latest updated software, pages may not display correctly. So it’s also essential to ensure we download the latest updates on all our devices. I’ve set mine to do updates automatically so that I don’t need to remember to do them.

  7. Thank you for this useful post. I’m going to have to do some serious work on my blog soon, so this will come in handy. My blog is mobile friendly, but on the mobile it doesn’t show the sidebar with my book links, so I’ll have to sort that out.

    1. Mobile and tablet screens tend to be too small to show widget bars next to blog posts. However, you should find them at the bottom of each blog post. That’s where they show on my iPad and iPhone. It’s worth checking before you do any work when sorting out your blog.

      1. Thanks! Just checked, but the widgets aren’t visible at the bottom of the posts or anywhere else – looks like I’ll have to change to a theme which allows you to put widgets in a footer instead of a sidebar. I’ve got to switch to Gutenberg anyway, so I’ll do it then. 🙂

        1. I have a widget sidebar on my blog, and it shows up on mobile phones and tablets. However, the theme I use is also Gutenberg friendly. When you make the switch to Gutenberg, make sure you choose a Gutenberg friendly theme. When WordPress discontinue the Classic theme at the end of next year, the only themes left will be Gutenberg friendly. They’re adding new ones every month.

  8. Thanks Hugh, it is a requirement of mine, whenever I get the urge to change my theme, that it is mobile friendly. I’ve just had a look and all seems to be well, so many thanks for your clear instructions. I do have a question for you though. When using the Gutenberg editor whenever I go to copy a post, which can be a very handy timesaving device, the comments and like button don’t seem to go over with it. If I do use the copy function I then have to go back into the dashboard to ensure I turn on the comments/likes. Has this happened to you at all? I haven’t asked WordPress about it yet but thought I’d ask you first 🙂 . Thanks for all your helpful suggestions and posts.

    1. Hi Debbie. I’ve never used the copy function before but can see why it’s a useful tool. I’ve just had a go at copying this post and didn’t need to go back to turn on comments or likes. It sounds to me as if there is a bug, maybe with the theme you are using. Sometimes, themes can develop their own bugs which don’t show up with other themes. I’ve had it happen to me before with some social media links not displaying correctly on a new theme I chose. When I reported it to WordPress, they assigned the problem to the engineer who had developed the theme. It got fixed within a few days. I’d recommend you contact the WordPress Happiness engineers and report the problem to them.

        1. That’s great to hear, Debbie. Maybe another blogger reported the bug? I’ll be using the copy function for a monthly wrapup post I’ll be launching from tomorrow. So, thank you for mentioning it.

  9. Great tips as usual, Hugh! Your post makes it easy to check. I’m surprised there are some themes that are not mobile friendly. I still see many blogs viewed from my Samsung phone and tablet that are in need of an overhaul. You are right that choosing a theme is time-consuming. WP has made that process much easier, thank goodness.

    1. I once spent a whole weekend looking for a new blog theme, Terri. I ended up going for the second one I had looked at. At the time, I did see it as a lot of fun, but never again. I only wish all of the themes had a preview option. For some reason, some don’t seem to. I’d hate to confirm the theme and then find I didn’t like it. It would be panic stations for me.

      1. I end up picking a theme based on whether I can change the background colors. I pay for the premium plan on WP but my theme is free. I think there is also a way to check your theme if it tells you it’s not supported by WP any longer.

        1. I was looking at the new ‘Twenty Twenty’ theme, but could not find a ‘try’ button. However, after reading your last comment, I went back and clicked the ‘live demo’ button on the theme. That’s where the ‘try’ button is now located, although not on all the themes. I wonder why they hid it? I’m not quite ready to change themes yet, but I can see myself spending a lot of time trying them all out again.

    1. Good to hear, Teri. Most of the WordPress themes are mobile-friendly, but some of the older themes are not. I believe WordPress will be doing away with those older non-friendly mobile themes once they retire the classic editor.

  10. Hi Hugh,
    Under appearance, I don’t have “mobile” listed. Is this theme related? I use Elegant Themes – Extra. I’m using the self-hosted WordPress. Everything is up-to-date. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Gina, the dashboards on self-hosted blogs will look different. You probably already have but check that your blog and blog posts display correctly on your mobile phone or tablet. I’d also recommend you ask somebody else to have a look at your blog on their mobile phone and/or tablet. If all is displaying correctly, then you’ve nothing to worry about. If your blog is not showing correctly, then you will need to change to a newer theme.

  11. Great article Hugh, I do practically all my posting, composing and reading on my mobile, my work is mobile friendly but it’s always good to check. On behalf of me and all your readers I am really grateful for your tutorials, even a dunce like me can understand.💜💜💜

    1. I think more and more of us are using our mobiles and tablets for reading, writing and working on, Willow. I still use my desktop for composing and publishing my blog posts (I feel far happier with a bigger screen), but many companies like WordPress, Twitter and Facebook are developing software towards the mobile market. Luckily, many of the new features seem to work great on desktops too. Phew!

      Thank you for your lovely feedback on my tutorials.

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