Blogger is now mobile friendly –activate your blog now

[Updated Sep. 2013blogger blog mobile friendly] That’s right, Blogger is now mobile-friendly.  Once activated, Blogger will automatically redirect to a mobile template (with a specially formatted layout suited for small screen sizes), whenever a visitor access your blog from a mobile device. To enjoy this new feature, all you have to do is activate the mobile template option.


I. How to enable mobile template

  1. Log in to Blogger.
  2. Go to Dashboard > Template and click the grey cog.
    blogger mobile
  3. To opt for showing the mobile version on mobile devices, just click the first radio button: "Yes. Show mobile template on mobile devices".
  4. Choose your mobile template by clicking the "Choose mobile template" dropdown menu and select from 8 different templates. blogger mobile settings
  5. You can check out how the mobile version of your blog would’ve looked like. Do this by clicking the PREVIEW button.   
  6. Don’t forget to SAVE the settings.


II. Feature highlights

Below are some feature highlights :

  1. Automatic redirection
    Blogger checks if your blog is accessed from a mobile device, and if it does, redirects it to the mobile template. For now Blogger only supports WebKit-based mobile browsers.
  2. Template support
    Blogger supports Template Designer’s Simple, Picture Window, Awesome Inc., Watermark, Ethereal, Travel and Dynamic Views. It also supports Custom template. Some gadgets such as Header, Blog, Profile, AdSense, Attribution are also supported. Other template variants will be rendered as Simple.
  3. Adsense ads
    If you have AdSense gadget ads or inline ads installed, they will be displayed at the top of the post pages and at the bottom of the index page.
  4. Comments and videos
    You can  to make comments and watch videos as usual. 

Enjoy!

39 comments to "Blogger is now mobile friendly –activate your blog now"

Unablogger December 19, 2010 at 3:02 PM    

Nice tip, just did it. Will share with my followers tomorrow, thanks!

Anup December 20, 2010 at 12:21 AM    

Nice one! According to Google analytics, my blog has 10% mobile users. I hope now it will be easy for them :)

Thanks for sharing!

Mary December 20, 2010 at 5:11 AM    

Cheers, I noticed that the other day and have activated it for one of my sites where mobile is particularly relevant.

I'm wondering, though, do you think I need to keep using BID to edit that site until the mobile templates go to production blogger?

eiysya zasya's December 20, 2010 at 6:22 PM    

i've tried it.. but seems it didn't work..

Greenlava December 20, 2010 at 8:59 PM    

@Unablogger
Thanks for sharing.

@Anup
...and they are growing, fast.

Greenlava December 20, 2010 at 10:36 PM    

@Mary
You don't need to. Blogger In Draft merely provides the "switch". Once you turn it ON, it'll work regardless of which Blogger manager you use.

@eiysya zasya's
According to my iPhone simulator it's working (your story book blog).

Emenike Ojiako,  December 21, 2010 at 11:39 AM    

Nice info, just did it, thanks

James Fergusson December 22, 2010 at 5:10 AM    

I checked the box, but I don't think it's working. On a BlackBerry it's still showing the old view. bronxnewsnetwork.org

Daisy December 22, 2010 at 5:21 AM    

Big problem for site because the Google Ads don't show on the mobile version for some reason. I have a custom template with inline ads.

Fyzal December 26, 2010 at 5:16 PM    

hello there. my phone can't support the application. LOL. so think I still must blog using my computer.

p/s: thanks for commenting my entry. and if you intended to download Rocky I, you can try find it at Stagevu.com. but you must have IDM in order to directly download from that site :)

Greenlava December 26, 2010 at 9:50 PM    

@Emenike Ojiako
You're welcome.

@James Fergusson
@Daisy
@Fyzal
I guess there's a lot more to be done by Blogger before releasing the feature to regular Blogger.

Metilparaben December 27, 2010 at 8:17 PM    

Thank You, but it doesn't work on my Blackberry...

Greenlava December 27, 2010 at 9:32 PM    

@Metilparaben
It only works with WebKit-based browsers.
I believe Blackberry OS 6.0 is WebKit based.
You can check your BlackBerry operating system here.

MasZuber December 29, 2010 at 8:06 AM    

tq for the tips :)

Greenlava December 29, 2010 at 1:53 PM    

@MasZuber
Thanks for dropping by :) Lot more tips to explore. Check them out!

Anonymous,  January 1, 2011 at 12:52 PM    

Wow.
Thnx buddy

Jen HaHA January 18, 2011 at 9:53 PM    

Thanks! I mostly read blogs via my phone and noticed a few bloggers' pages changed to this view. I came here to look up another tip but decided to check out recent tips. Now I know why their view changed and I changed mine!

zulkbo January 20, 2011 at 6:01 PM    

salam..
nice bro..baru setting je nih
thanks..very usefull

Greenlava January 21, 2011 at 6:59 PM    

@Jen HaHA
You're welcome. Make sure you don't miss anymore tips in the future...subscribe :)

@zulkbo
Looks good...cantekk!

bujju February 1, 2011 at 8:53 PM    

Thank you for the helpful article. Can you tell me how to promote this mobile sites .I read few of your writes-ups.I thought it was great.So I thought I would add you
as a friend so that we can read each others work. Hope you have a great day.

Greenlava February 2, 2011 at 12:18 AM    

@bujju
You don't need a special promotion for it, because it is still the same blog, with the same URL, except different look.

Jessica of Verve! February 22, 2011 at 11:17 PM    

I like this option, but I changed the colors on the template and the mobile option resets to the default colors - is there a fix for that? The non mobile site still looks like how I set it up to look.

Marianna February 23, 2011 at 7:40 AM    

I found your blog today and there are so many helpful tips on here. Thank you! I have never heard of "Blogger in Draft" before. Silly question - what the heck is it? :)

Greenlava February 23, 2011 at 12:57 PM    

@Marianna
Blogger in draft is a version of Blogger where new features are tested before being released to all users. Naturally you would expect Blogger in draft to have more features than regular Blogger.

Greenlava February 23, 2011 at 2:07 PM    

@Jessica of Verve!
I don't think you can fix that (at least not for now). Users don't have access to mobile template's stylesheet.

Blogger mobile friendly March 15, 2011 at 5:37 PM    

i have modified auto redirect mobile detector script to mobile blogger mobile layout,
then add the script to blogger gadget
compatible for opera mini too :)

Jeff March 20, 2011 at 4:52 AM    

Thanks for the help!

Adori Graphics May 20, 2011 at 5:19 AM    

Thanks for the tip. Much appreciated!

julian May 31, 2011 at 10:40 PM    

my blog is now mobile.... ncice...

Anu Warrier December 19, 2011 at 12:10 PM    

Ok, ignore my earlier comment about not finding the tab for allowing my blog to be mobile friendly. I found it under Design / Template (not 'Settings'). I set it to “Yes, On mobile devices, show the mobile version of my template” just as you suggested. I even previewed how it would look on a mobile device and I liked it. So, then I went off to ResolutionTester.com to see how it would look on an iPhone for instance. It doesn't look very good:( There's about a quarter of the blog visible, and you have to scroll from side to side to be able to read it. Any idea why? Or doesn't this work on the iPhone?

Greenlava December 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM    

@Anu Warrier
The resolution tester doesn't simulate an iPhone, since it only change the resolution. To succesfully simulate iPhone (or any smartphones) you need to change the user agent. A user agent is like an ID, it tells Blogger if you are surfing from iPhone.
Anyway I tested your blog with an iPhone simulator. It looks great :)

Anu Warrier December 20, 2011 at 11:31 PM    

Greenlava, thanks! :) Had a friend who checked it out on a Blackberry - so I think I'm all set. Oh, and I want to tell you how informative and helpful I've found your blog. I've used many of your hacks to set up my blog just the way I want it, so if my blog looks great, your effort has also gone into it a great deal. Thank you so much.

Aparna,  July 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM    

I have found that 2 versions of the same posts are created you publish a post in blogger. For instance,
http://www.bloggersentral.com/2010/12/blogger-goes-mobile-how-to-enable-your.html
http://www.bloggersentral.com/2010/12/blogger-goes-mobile-how-to-enable-your.html?m=1
And both are indexed. Wouldn't that amount to duplicate content and will not a blogger be losing out on revenue. How to prevent Google from indexing a blogger post with ?m=1 extension?

Greenlava July 16, 2012 at 11:17 PM    

@Aparna
I'm sure in most cases the mobile/m=1 version is not indexed. But even if it is indexed, Blogger makes sure it won't be considered as duplicate contentby -by adding a canonical url tag pointing to the original url. If you were to look at the source code of the m=1 version of this post, you would see this tag in the head section:
<link href='http://www.bloggersentral.com/2010/12/blogger-goes-mobile-how-to-enable-your.html' rel='canonical'/>

What the tag does is telling search engines that the original url (the one without m=1 query) is the preferred url.

mobile applications marketing November 1, 2012 at 8:25 PM    

Thanks ! good work i like it.Thanks for update the good information.

qorya November 7, 2012 at 2:55 PM    

Thx for the article :)

Keshar Bhandari November 20, 2012 at 12:46 AM    

Now the Blogger has been changed the design. You can find blog menu from your dashboard in dropdown list.

Anonymous,  February 20, 2013 at 3:44 PM    

great article,its great and thanks for the sharing. :)

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whatismyresults.com September 7, 2013 at 11:30 PM    

Thanks for the tip. Much appreciated!

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