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How to target desktop, tablet and mobile using Media Query ?

  • Last Updated : 22 Jan, 2019

Media Query is a popular technique that enables to deliver a style sheet to different devices which have different screen sizes and resolutions respectively. They are used to customize the appearance of a website on multiple devices. A media query consist of a media type that can contain one or more expression which can be either true or false. The result of the query is true if the specified media matches the type of device the document is displayed on. If the media query is true then the style sheet is applied.

The screen resolutions of different devices are listed below:

  • Mobile (Smartphone) max-width: 480px
  • Low Resolution Tablets and ipads max-width: 767px
  • Tablets Ipads portrait mode max-width:1024px
  • Desktops max-width:1280px
  • Huge size (Larger screen) max-width: 1281px and greater


@media( media feature ) {
    // CSS Property

It uses @media rule to include a block of CSS properties when a certain condition is true. Certain media features are width (max-width and min-width), aspect ratio, resolution, orientation, etc.


<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Media Query</title>
        /* Media Query for Mobile Devices */
        @media (max-width: 480px) {
            body {
                background-color: red;
        /* Media Query for low resolution  Tablets, Ipads */
        @media (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 767px) {
            body {
                background-color: yellow;
        /* Media Query for Tablets Ipads portrait mode */
        @media (min-width: 768px) and (max-width: 1024px){
            body {
                background-color: blue;
        /* Media Query for Laptops and Desktops */
        @media (min-width: 1025px) and (max-width: 1280px){
            body {
                background-color: green;
        /* Media Query for Large screens */
        @media (min-width: 1281px) {
            body {
                background-color: white;
<body style = "text-align:center;">
    <h2>Media Query</h2>


  • Output on Mobile Device:
  • Ouuput on low resolution Tablets, Ipads:
  • Output on Tablets Ipads portrait mode:
  • Output on Laptops and Desktops:
  • Output on large screens:

Note: Change the screen size to see the media query effect.

Supported Browsers: The browser supported by Media Query are listed below:

  • Google Chrome 21.0
  • Internet Explorer 9.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.5
  • Safari 4.0
  • Opera 9.0

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