javascript how to print out device width

Posted on 2014-03-20
Last Modified: 2014-04-30
I use the following css3 media query to apply a style when the device width is 768px. I want to write a html page with javascript that prints out the device-width. They i could run this device to find out the device width instead of hunting for it on google. Any ideas what that javascript or jquery would look like. Note jqueyr $(screen).width() is the browser and not the device width.

@media screen and (device-width: 768px) {
            background-color: pink;
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Here you go:  They have example code linked at the bottom of the page that shows all the screen properties on one page.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I'd suggest that you use something like 770px instead of 768px.  I had trouble using the exact width and height.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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This is from the CSS for one page I've worked on.  Screen sizes 480 and lower are in aother section.
/* Tablet Layout: 481px to 768px. Inherits styles from: Mobile Layout. */

@media only screen and (min-width: 481px) {

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ID: 39944013
none of those examples get me the device width
i'm not looking for the browser or viewport width
i want to identify the devices width
for example an ipad1 device size is 1024x768
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Dave Baldwin earned 98 total points
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I don't understand how the 'device width' is different from the 'screen width'.  In any case, the 'screen width' is all you have to work with.  Did you look at the demo page where it shows all the info that is available?
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quizwedge earned 97 total points
ID: 39944576
Device width is typically handled by CSS, but I did find some Javascript code that claims to detect actual device width at

function effectiveDeviceWidth() {
  var deviceWidth = window.orientation == 0 ? window.screen.width : window.screen.height;
  // iOS returns available pixels, Android returns pixels / pixel ratio
  if (navigator.userAgent.indexOf('Android') >= 0 && window.devicePixelRatio) {
    deviceWidth = deviceWidth / window.devicePixelRatio;
  return deviceWidth;

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ID: 39945278

Here's what i want to do. I want to write javascript to produce the width and device-width values that media queries is using. I have a few devices where I don't know the width and device width and I want to use if for testing.

Media Query Example

@media screen and (max-width: 1024px) {


@media (max-device-width: 1024px) {


Javascript Example

var width_ = SomeFunctionOrVariableToGetWidth
var devicewidth_ = SomeFunctionOrVariableToGetDeviceWidth

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