I have a Wordpress menu that I am using as a Hamburger menu for smaller mobile devices. Since there really isn't a "hover" event for touch devices, I have changed the main menu items to show their corresponding sub menus on "click" (or "touch"). The problem is that I can't make the main menu items clickable. Also, I don't see an option in "wp_nav_menu" to show the top level item on the submenu. That is how I would be inclined to use it. I need a workaround or something like that.

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    This sounds like a Javascript issue more than a WordPress issue. JQuery does have a doubleclick event maybe that will work for you? – Howdy_McGee Dec 30 '15 at 21:55
  • I have been using the mmenu js script to handle mobile menus recently. Has lots of options and it's not too complicated to setup. – gdaniel Dec 30 '15 at 22:02
  • @N00b I'm not sure how reliable wp_is_mobile() actually is so I would use that function with a grain of salt. – Howdy_McGee Dec 30 '15 at 22:13

You could solve this with other nasty hacks but here's kind of WordPress way:

In your header.php

// User is not using mobile
if( ! wp_is_mobile() ) {

    wp_nav_menu(); // Your "original menu"    
// User is using mobile
else if( wp_is_mobile() ) {

    wp_nav_menu(); // Your another menu that only has top level items

Keep in mind that wp_is_mobile() also considers tablets as mobile devices and you should always carefully think this through because if PC window is resized to small / narrow -> it obviously doesn't count it as mobile.

And jQuery to disable your click event:

var isMobile = false;

// Check if user is using mobile device
if (/Android|webOS|iPhone|iPad|iPod|BlackBerry|IEMobile|Opera Mini/i.test(navigator.userAgent)) {

    isMobile = true;

if( ! isMobile ) {

    // Your usual click event
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    wp_is_mobile() is a joke and should be regarded as such, unless you are happy with between 80-90% success rate and happy to to dish wrong info to all the other users ;-) – Pieter Goosen Dec 30 '15 at 23:00

This works well. The second click goes to the page...

$(".smallNavigation > ul > li > a").click(function (e) {

    $("ul.sub-menu", $(this).parent("li")).show();


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