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Support Browser Back Button Problem

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by jacksup, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. jacksup

    jacksup New Member
    Thread Starter

    Mar 12, 2010

    I have the following issue with the browser on my Droid. When I'm on a wikipedia page, the back button will not work. It simply loads the same wikipedia page over and over again. This will happen with any wikipedia page.

    Steps to reproduce:
    1) Google search anything you like (e.g., "Mike Tyson")
    2) A wikipedia page will come up in the results. Click the link to go there.
    3) Hit the back button. It won't work. You are forever trapped in wikipedia.

    I'm sorry if the info to fix this is out there somewhere, but I did my due diligence searching and couldn't find it.



  2. gadzooks

    gadzooks Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    bits & bytes
    left coast USA
    Hi. In browser, Menu > Windows, tap the x to close a window.
  3. jakobe

    jakobe New Member

    Jul 10, 2010
    Android back button doesn't work in wikipedia.
    Android browser won't go back in wikipedia
    (added some more food for Google searches as it took me 30 minutes to find only this post.)

    I have the same problem in stock browser from HTC Evo.
    Run a Google search click on a result from Wikipedia

    Click the back arrow (hard key)...and it just refreshes wikipedia..if I jam the back key about 12 times fast it will eventually reload my Google search.

    This only happens with Wikipedia results. Nothing else.

    Extremely aggavating

    HTC evo
    Hardware v3
    Froyo 2.2
    Stock browser
    Soft reset performed
    Hard reset performed

    Been doing it since the evo was new even on previous Android persons

    Don't want to close the window as then I have to run my search again.

    So now I avoid Wikipedia completely.
  4. defkorn

    defkorn Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    I've noticed the same problem on many webistes from my desktop browser, its rather annoying. To get around this on the Android browser, instead of trying to hit the back button, just go to your history/bookmarks and go to whatever site you want.
  5. grod

    grod New Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    I know it's an old thread, but I'll reply just in case anyone in a similar situation finds it.
    The problem described happens because the Google search result takes you to the main Wikipedia page. Wikipedia then detects that you're using a mobile device and sends you to a different page formatted for reading on a phone. If you now press the back button you are taken to the standard Wikipedia page, which again redirects you to the mobile page. It will do this forever and you'll be stuck in a loop unless you press the back button a few times rapidly. You'll then be back to the page which you were at before clicking on the wikipedia link.

    The number of times you need to press back rapidly depends on the number of redirects the site you're on puts you through. Some sites need two, some far more. All this trick does is beats the page reload time so the redirection doesn't get a chance to take place.

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