3 - Add jQuery UI Touch Punch to work on touch devices. The sortable list works fine on a desktop browser. But if you want to do a test on your smartphone, it does not work. There is a small plugin for jQuery UI to simulate touch events for drag & drop function on smartphones. This tool is jQuery UI Touch Punch. Make the selected elements draggable by mouse. If you want not just drag, but drag & drop, see the jQuery UI Droppable plugin, which provides a drop target for draggables. A list of the class names used by jQuery UI to allow components to be themeable. Also in: Effects | Effects Core ... Create targets for draggable elements. Easings.