Prevent Gmail, iOS From Turning Phone Numbers Into Links

Jeffrey Hoffman
Dec 24, 2015 · 1 min read

Many email clients (including Gmail and mobile devices) will automatically transform phone numbers into links. Prevent this behavior using the zero-width white space character (​) Instead of this:

608-555-1212

Inject the zero-width white space character anywhere in the number to trick the email client and prevent it from turning the number into a link. I like to put it in the middle:

608-5​55-1212

This Litmus compatibility test shows that it works great in all email clients, including Outlook and Office 365. It works for different format variants and international numbers as well.

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Tips for coding engaging, responsive emails with modern tools by the creator of Inkcite, the modular design system for modern, responsive email development. http://inkcite.com #emailgeek #MakeEmailBetter