How To Make Your MyBB Forum Mobile Friendly

With a little work you can make your MyBB forum mobile friendly so your content looks amazing on smart phones and tablets. There are three easy ways that you can achieve a mobile friendly forum with little effort.

MyBB GoMobile

It’s a light weight mod that can be downloaded from the official MyBB site, and it is also downloadable and maintained on GitHub. Easy installation is why I recommend this mod / plugin. This mod comes with a gomobile_theme.xml and a plugin that you will need to install. GoMobile is intended for MyBB 1.6.8, but there are reports that it can be made to work with 1.8. I included a solution at the end of this section.

GoMobile theme

This is what the GoMobile theme looks like.

The two step installation, as seen below, can’t get any easier:

- 1. Upload the contents of the "Upload" folder to the root of your forums, keeping the folder structure intact.
- 2. Visit your ACP > Configuration > Plugins sections and hit 'Install & Activate' for MyBB GoMobile

It’s possible to use this plugin with a different mobile theme such as the mobile theme that is included with Metro theme or the OrionMobile. Simply find your mobile theme ID then in the MyBBGM plugin settings page enter that theme ID into the Theme ID field.

How to make GoMobile work with MyBB 1.8

Find gomobile.php file in the /inc/plugins/ folder and change the compatibility line from 16* to 18*. Look for something that resembles what I included below.

function plugin_name_info ()
return [
'name'           => 'plugin name',
'description'    => 'plugin description',
'website'        => 'website of the plugin',
'author'         => 'author',
'authorsite'     => 'website again',
'version'        => 'version',
'codename'       => 'code name',
'compatibility'  => '16', //What YOU'RE looking for

What is in red is what you want to edit.

Tapatalk for MyBB

You’ve probably heard of this plugin that is available for many other forum software such as IPS, vBulletin, SMF, and the list goes on. Tapatalk is a free solution to make MyBB mobile friendly. This tried and true plugin is also easy to install and it is a favorite for many forum owners and members. Download and installation can be found at the official Tapatalk web site. Fortunately, it’s compatible with MyBB 1.6 & 1.8.

forum in taptalk

This is how a forum look in Tapatalk.

ForumRunner for MyBB

Like Tapatalk, ForumRunner is another great way to get your forum mobile friendly with little effort. Visit ForumRunner to see features. For those that jumped ship when InternetBrands took over vBulletin, you may want to know that IB owns ForumRunner.

forum runner

This is how forums look inside ForumRunner

Whether or not you use the above mentioned solutions to make your MyBB forum mobile friendly it’s important to know that mobile friendly sites can rank higher in search engines such as Google. If SEO is important to you then consider making your forum mobile friendly. Additionally, take a look at our blog post on pagespeed and why it matters.

11 thoughts on “How To Make Your MyBB Forum Mobile Friendly

    1. Tan Tuohy Post author

      Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate that. Tapatalk is very popular and works for many out of the box so I’m not sure what issue you were having with it.

      1. borekon

        Tapatalk is not working properly in my forum. I opened some support tickets with no answer from support team. So i was looking for a way to make my forum mobile-friendly and found that post.

  1. The Switch Club

    I’ve been using GoMobile but changing that file doesn’t magically make it fully compatible with MyBB 1.8. The worst issue is probably that people cannot register using it due to the lack of a security question field so they just get called a spammer.

    However, I did find this today, and although it appears to also have issues, I may give it a go next week and report on my findings:

  2. DiscjockeyDale

    Some years ago, when I was building a few websites from scratch…
    There were several ways to code in automatically send a browser to a mobile version of a site via a conditional “if” statement.
    I haven’t installed any of these on any of my mybb forums yet, but I’m pretty fond of the sites as they are for PC and Mac.
    I do have several mybb forums that I’ve decided not to keep, so I have some “scrap paper” to play with.
    I believe instead of recognizing the requesting browser as a mobile and sending an entirely different site to it…
    I seem to remember that it simply rel’d a different CSS file or files that turned the information into the mobile format.

    1. DiscjockeyDale

      OK… The gomobile plugin does automatically detect and serve the proper version depending on the device. You can even edit the list of devices that it serves it to.
      And… There is a slight glitch besides update the compatibility to “18”. The gomobile.lang.php file has to be manually placed into
      “yoursite(root)”>inc>languages>english>admin>gomobile.lang.php Even with that, it only took a few minutes. I tested it with my RCA android tablet.
      It works like a charm. Thanks for this article. It’s not often that directions are communicated so logically and clearly. Especially when it comes to Mybb plugins.


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