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Detect Internet Connection

One common challenge faced by developers is managing user interactions when internet connectivity fluctuates or is lost. JavaScript provides a way to let you make decisions based on user status (online/offline) through the navigator.onLine property.

Detecting connectivity

Like mentioned, you can use navigator.onLine to detect the user connectivity status. It returns a boolean value, where true means the user is online and false means offline.

if (navigator.onLine) {
  // something happens

Detect status change

JavaScript also provides an event listener that is triggered when the connectivity status is changed.

window.addEventListener('online', something())
window.addEventListener('offline', something())


Here's a simple example, where you get an console message on the user's status change.

document.addEventListener('online', () => {
  console.log("You're connected to internet.")

document.addEventListener('offline', () => {
  console.log('You have been disconnected.')

You can also have a button, which can tell you the connectivity status by clicking on it.

const statusBtn = document.querySelector('.status') // HTML button for status check

statusBtn.addEventListener('click', () => {
  if (navigator.onLine) {
    alert("You're online") // Returns true, connected
  } else {
    alert("You're offline") // Returns false, disconnected