Nicolas Bouliane does not work on iOS Posted on

The recommended method to give a text field focus and select its contents is the following:


However, this does not work in iOS. The correct way to do it is to use setSelectionRange on an already focused input.

var input = document.getElementById('myInput');

setSelectionRange will not work on iOS if the element doesn’t have focus. Also be advised that anything revolving around giving text inputs focus is highly unreliable on mobile Safari.