Bold text not showing on iPhone but displays fine on Android

Tags: html,ios,css,css3,css-selectors

Problem :

So I'm trying to get all the items in my menu bar to be bolded. I have several links that all work fine, but one does not. In my CSS there is a :hover selector to change the color of the button's background when the mouse hovers over each item. There is one that is different because it is a dropdown menu that pops up when you hover over it. Obviously, it has a :hover selector to display the menu when it the mouse hovers over it, along with changing the background color. When I view the code in a browser on my computer, it comes out fine. Same with viewing on an Android device. However, for whatever reason the dropdown item isn't bolded when I pull it up on an iPhone. I've even tried multiple browsers on an iPhone to no avail.

Here is my HTML:

<div id="menu">
    <li id="dropdown"><a href="#">Dropdown</a>
        <li><a href="#">Item 1</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">Item 2</a></li>
    <li><a href="#">Normal</a></li>
    <li><a href="#">Normal</a></li>

And here is my CSS:

#menu {
  margin: 0px;
  padding: 10px 0px 10px 0px;
  background-color: #A4C3FF;
  width: 100%;
  text-align: center; 

#menu ul {
  list-style: none;
  margin: auto;
  padding: 0;

#menu ul li {
  display: inline;
  padding: 5px 30px 5px 30px;
  font-size: 28px;
  color: white;
  font-weight: bold;

#menu ul li:hover {

#menu a:link, #menu a:visited {
  font-weight: bold;

#dropdown a {
  line-height: 40px;

#dropdown {

#dropdown ul {
  top: 90%;
  left: 0px;
  padding: 10px 0;

#dropdown:hover > ul {

So because it works fine on everything except the iPhone, I'm gonna guess that it's a problem with the iPhone not supporting the :hover selector or something (because only the dropdown does not show up bolded). If anybody could explain to my why it doesn't work and how to fix it I would very much appreciate it!

Solution :

Mobile devices don't have :hover states because there isn't a persistent pointer. In other words, since there's no mouse cursor to activate a :hover state, mobile devices will typically activate :hover styles on 1 tap and the actual link on a 2nd tap. Some Android devices will simply ignore the :hover state and follow the link.

If you clarify your question, we might be able to give a better answer.

Edit: I put your code into a JSFiddle for you.
It seems to work fine on an iPhone -

<div id="menu">
<li id="dropdown"><a href="#">Dropdown</a>
    <li><a href="#">Item 1</a></li>
    <li><a href="#">Item 2</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Normal</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Normal</a></li>

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