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VB4 - Mobile Phone / iPhone / PDA Detection and Style Assignment
Mod Version: 1.0.1, by dartho (Coder/Designer) dartho is offline
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vB Version: 4.0.6 Rating: (25 votes - 4.88 average) Installs: 322
Released: 05 Sep 2010 Last Update: 07 Sep 2010 Downloads: 1638
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This is a direct port from my 3.x versions which detects most mobile phones, iPhones, PDAs and other mobile browsing devices and automatically presents the user with a specific vBulletin style.

The one significant addition over previous versions is that a user can now over-ride the style assignment - more information in the notes section.

This will probably work with previous versions of vBulletin (but untested)

What can it do?Detects most mobile phones and presents the user with a specific style. If you have multiple styles installed which are optimized for small screen mobile devices, iPhones, WIndows Mobile devices you can assign a specific style to each of these groups.

Whilst designed with mobile device users in mind, you could also assign styles to self defined browsers. For example you can assign an alternative style to Internet Explorer users whilst Firefox users get the default style. You could also assign an alternative style to Google or Yahoo spiders.

0. Install styles which you wish to assign to Mobile/PDA/iPhone users
0.5 Uninstall previous versions
1. Download the product file
2. Install via Product Manager
3. Configure options via vBulletin Options, Mobile Device Detection (should appear at end)
4. Start browsing from your mobile device!
5. Click "Mark as Installed"

If upgrading from a previous 3.5, 3.6 or 3.7 version, you will need to uninstall that and the install this one.

To uninstall simply uninstall the product - there are no database changes or additional files.

See HERE for a lightweight vBulletin 4 style to go along with this addon

Version Control
1.0.0 - Initial Release
1.0.1 - Add option to enable/disable overriding style assignment.

Previous versions of this mod have forced a mobile device to a specific style, this is no longer the case! If a user now follows a link which changes the style (using a URL parameter of "styleid=xx") they will then be given that style for the rest of their session. If they close their browser and reload your site, they will then be detected again. Cookies must be enabled on the users browser for overriding detection to work

To Do
  • Add an option for users to be able to permanently NOT be detected as a mobile device or explicitly use a specified style.
  • Add more devices to detection
  • Add option to disable override globally

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Old 08 Feb 2012, 03:52
res6cue res6cue is offline
Join Date: Nov 2010
Originally Posted by dartho View Post
vbuletin has it's own detection system in place - this is no longer required. That being said, I use Dolphn - I will check
I just jumped from 4.1.0 to 4.1.10 and noticed there is now native vB detection. However your mod has a lot more options. So I guess the question is, does this mod still work and will options I set override the native vB detection or no?
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Old 08 Feb 2012, 05:14
dartho dartho is offline
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There is a bug with the vbiulletin detection which is to be fixed in 4.1.11 - I'm not sure how this affects this detection script. What I suggest you try is:
Configure the vB detection to 'none' in AdminCP
Apply this fix for 4.1.10 as detailed here:

then try again and see how it goes. I just check UA generated by Dilphin - and it uses the word "Android" so should be detected a a mobile device.
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Old 23 May 2012, 06:17
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Filgga Filgga is offline
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dartho, this plugin is VERY IMPORTANT than the inbuilt vBulletin's detection script.

Can you consider making it compatible with vB Version: 4.2.x?

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Old 04 Jun 2012, 01:58
edytwinky edytwinky is offline
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Anybody able to get this to work with vb 4.2?
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Old 25 Jun 2012, 02:18
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i would also like to see this work with vb 4.2
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Old 21 Aug 2012, 03:41
dartho dartho is offline
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What exactly doesn't work?
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Old 21 Aug 2012, 08:48
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Filgga Filgga is offline
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Originally Posted by dartho View Post
What exactly doesn't work?
The easiest way to get devices detected is to clear system cache:

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If you have vB Optimise Installed, do flush the cache:

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Old 30 Sep 2012, 19:53
Mark_Zuckerberg Mark_Zuckerberg is offline
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It also changes my forum skin on PC tooo
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Old 03 Oct 2012, 01:41
Robbed Robbed is offline
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Originally Posted by dartho View Post
What exactly doesn't work?
It's redirecting to normal skin for some phones and on pc.

When I used to go to mobile site from a pc it would assign the mobile skin and now it doesn't same with some phones and new post for some reason.
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Old 03 Oct 2012, 13:36
freeones_raymon freeones_raymon is offline
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Some mobile phones not redirected


Thanks for this great modification! It's sad that vBulletin doesn't have a good build-in functionality for this, but hey... it's vBulletin!

I only found 3 mobile phones/browsers not being detected as mobile, and these are the user agent strings:
  • Opera/9.80 (Android 2.3.3; Linux; Opera Mobi/ADR-1207201819; U; sv) Presto/2.10.254 Version/12.00
  • Opera/9.80 (Android 4.0.3; Linux; Opera Mobi/ADR-1207201819; U; en) Presto/2.10.254 Version/12.00
  • Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_5_7; en-us) AppleWebKit/530.17 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Safari/530.17 Skyfire/2.0

I think the first 2 can be defined as "Opera Mobi", and someone told me it was better to add "Opera Mini" to the mobile list as well.

Only the last one was the Skyfire browser on a HTC mobile phone, but I cannot find anything in the user agent string that identifies it as a mobile phone. It even looks like the browser has user agent override enabled or something, but I couldn't find anything in the settings.

So if "Opera Mobi" and "Opera Mini" can be added to the mobile detection list for the next version, thanks!

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Old 16 Jan 2013, 21:27
sinomama sinomama is offline
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My vbulletin is 3.8.5.

To avoid being forced to use the lightweigh style for some users, I uninstalled the previous version and installed this version, and with pleasure I chose yes to Enable Over-riding of Styles..........but neither iPad, nor iPhone can detect the lightweigh style which is assigned to all mobiles in the setting of this plugin.

But if I open by the adress, the lightweigh style works in safari of iPad or iPhone, and I can return to the original style by cliquing "default style".
It's great!

Finally, Assignment doesn't work for 3.8.5?
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Old 31 Jul 2013, 19:59
behcet behcet is offline
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upgrade pls
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Old 07 Sep 2013, 23:17
Mark93x Mark93x is offline
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Dartho please update this to 4.2.x
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Old 17 Jan 2014, 07:38
sadiq6210 sadiq6210 is offline
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Real name: Sadiq
Already there is an option in vBulletin admincp to choose the default mobile style, what this mod will add?

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Old 26 Feb 2014, 11:42
madness85 madness85 is offline
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Using 4.2 can seem to change back to PC mode
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