Prevent Screen Zoom on Mobile

Published Sep 30, 2020
Updated Jan 19, 2021
By Simon
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The Problem

On mobile devices, if the font-size is set to less than 16px the user of the form will get a jumpy and unpleasant experience when clicking in an input element. This is because mobile browsers require input font-sizes to be at least 16px.

UX of form input showing zoom in on focus


The Fix

Explicitly Set font-size

If you are using a library or have made you input font-sizes small on desktop be sure to set a mobile size or better still use default size for mobile and progressively enhance for desktop using a min-width media query.

Below is the code you need add, it selects all form elements that allow a user to add text.

input:focus {
  font-size: 16px !important


Do Not Set Viewport user-scalable to no

I have included this solution mainly to point out that even though it does work it should not be use, as noted on MDN using user-scalable=no can cause accessibility issues with users, allowing users to zoom in and out on mobile devices is recommended.

Below is the viewport meta tag with user-scalable=no, no need to add this as default is yes.

    <title>viewport meta tag</title> 
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1, user-scalable=no">