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Discussion on: How to Do a Device Based Code Split in React

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Andrew Bone

I like to have a custom hook like this in my projects. It in theory works back to IE10.

export default function useMatchMedia(query) {
  const [state, setState] = useState(null);

  useEffect(() => {
    const media = window.matchMedia(query);
    const func = (e) => {

    try {
      media.addEventListener('change', func);
    } catch {

    return () => {
      try {
        media.removeEventListener('change', func);
      } catch {

  }, []);

  return state;
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It means you can do things like this to track media query changes.

const isMobile = useMatchMedia("(pointer: coarse) and (hover: none)");

  console.log(`somehow is mobile changed it is now ${isMobile}`)
}, [isMobile]);
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Miroslav Nikolov

Andrew that looks ok and will also work in the last project I did.

I had to deal with different approaches for getting the touch/desktop detection right:

  • server side detection
  • using the browser string in the frontend
  • using media queries

Things may become very annoying, that's why I decided to back my self up.

The detection logic is central for the app so you can extract it to the store. I am personally using Redux.

To supplement what has already been said in the article here is an implementation for those using some kind of store (redux in here):

Reducer + selector

// ui.js reducer
import { qualifySelector } from "../utils";
import { mobileQuery } from "../../lib/mediaQueries";

const name = "ui";
const initialState = {
  isTouch: mobileQuery.matches

function reducer(state = initialState, action) {
  switch (action.type) {
      return {
        isTouch: action.payload
      return state;

export default { [name]: reducer };

export const isMobileView = qualifySelector(name, state => state.isTouch);
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And the<Import /> component.

// Import.js
import { useState, useEffect } from "react";
import PropTypes from "prop-types";
import { connect } from "react-redux";
import { isMobileView } from "../../../store/selectors";

export function Import({ touch, desktop, isMobile, children }) {
  const [Component, setComponent] = useState(null);

  useEffect(() => {
    const importCallback = isMobile ? touch : desktop;

    importCallback().then(componentDetails => {
  }, [desktop, touch, isMobile]);

  return children(Component ? Component.default : () => null);

Import.propTypes = {
  touch: PropTypes.func,
  desktop: PropTypes.func,
  children: PropTypes.func.isRequired,
  isMobile: PropTypes.bool.isRequired

export default connect(state => ({
  isMobile: isMobileView(state)
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That way you will have detection logic agnostic approach and a central place to store the truth.

It may look like you are introducing a lot of unnecessary code, but it will pay off if your device detection changes dynamically during app lifecycle.

Fx. switching portrait to landscape mode may lead to serving desktop version instead of the touch one. Therefore you will need to update the store realtime with an action.