FAQ: Media Queries - Breakpoints


This community-built FAQ covers the “Breakpoints” exercise from the lesson “Media Queries”.

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The lesson says the following about finding breakpoints:

“Rather than set breakpoints based on specific devices, the best practice is to resize your browser to view where the website naturally breaks based on its content. The dimensions at which the layout breaks or looks odd become your media query breakpoints.”

How do we know the dimensions it breaks at when resizing though? I can see when it breaks, but I don’t know what that width is in pixels. Do we just take a guess or is there some kind of tool we can use?



You could use responsive design mode:


Firefox has it for sure, not sure about chrome. But surely tools exist for it. Google is your friend

seems to exist for chrome as well:




I would also like to have a question regarding this topic.
In the examples the usual landscape width is mentioned to be 1024px.
New phones and tablets are not 1080px wide?