When I click on the Facebook bookmark I saved to my home screen, m.facebook.com appears in Safari but the navigation bar at the bottom and the URL bar at the disappear. At first I thought I was launching the Facebook app by mistake but I verified that's not the case. Any idea why this happens?

  • Agreed I bounce between the app and webapp too. They have different bugs. And yes this behavior is annoying.
    – user9099
    Aug 4, 2011 at 1:12

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Yes, mobile sites can be programmed to remove the navigation bar whilst browsing the site. Makes for a better user experience when these elements get out of the way.

This is documented here http://developer.apple.com/library/safari/#documentation/appleapplications/reference/SafariHTMLRef/Articles/MetaTags.html

In particular the apple-mobile-web-app-capable element.

  • This doesn't seem to happen if I browse to facebook from the URL bar. It seems to happen when I click on the saved link on my home screen. I find this behavior annoying. Any way to disable?
    – Sajee
    Apr 22, 2011 at 4:18
  • No, its programmed into the mobile version of facebook. Any reason you don't use the Facebook app?
    – robzolkos
    Apr 22, 2011 at 4:22
  • So whether I access Facebook via a saved bookmark on my home screen or via typing in the URL, aren't I accessing the mobile version of Facebook? If so, why the different behavior? I like using the web version of most sites, less switching between apps. I do use the FB app occasionally when I want to post photos but I mostly use the mobile web site.
    – Sajee
    Apr 22, 2011 at 21:03
  • When you access a website via a bookmark on the home screen the rules over what a website can do are different. This allows sites that are added to the home screen to behave a little more like real apps. If you want to run the Facebook site, but stop it from hiding the navigation bar then you'll need to launch it within Safari. Aug 4, 2011 at 7:56

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