The hover CSS @media media feature can be used to apply styles based on whether the user's primary input mechanism can hover over elements.


The hover feature is specified as a keyword value chosen from the list below.

The primary input mechanism cannot hover at all or cannot conveniently hover (e.g., many mobile devices emulate hovering when the user performs an inconvenient long tap), or there is no primary pointing input mechanism.
The primary input mechanism can conveniently hover over elements.



<a href="#">Try hovering over me!</a>


@media (hover: hover) {
  a:hover {
    background: yellow;



Specification Status Comment
Media Queries Level 4
The definition of 'hover' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Edge Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 38 [1] No support[2] 20 or earlier (12) Nightly build 28 9 [3]
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support 50 No support[2] 36 ? 9.2

[1]: In Chrome <41, the implementation was buggy and reported (hover: none) on non-touch-based computers with a mouse/trackpad; see Chromium bug #441613.

[2]: bug 1035774 – Implement Interaction Media Features including pointer:coarse that replaces non-standard -moz-touch-enabled

[3]: Implemented in WebKit bug #134822.

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