Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Access Mobile Websites Using Your Desktop Browser

Have you ever wished to view mobile version of website in your desktop for what so ever reason? Do some mobile websites (like you desktop version? Or are you curious how your website looks in various interfaces like Ipad, Mobiles, Phablets? Here is the solution!

You can do this by changing your browser’s user agent. Accessing a website with an iPad user agent may also force it to serve you HTML5 video, which is nice if you’re trying to avoid Flash.

User Agent Switcher Extensions

You have to install either User-Agent Switcher for Chrome or User Agent Switcher for Firefox, depending on which browser you use. For Internet Explorer, you may want to try the UAPick User-Agent Switcher add-on.

Setting a Mobile User Agent

To change your user agent, locate the User Agent Switcher extension icon on your browser’s toolbar, click it, and select a mobile user agent in the list.
(You may need to add the User Agent Switcher icon to Firefox’s toolbar after installing it. To do so, right-click the toolbar, select Customize, and drag and drop the User Agent Switcher icon onto Firefox’s toolbar.)

Refresh the page you are currently on (click the Refresh icon on the toolbar or just press F5) and you will see its mobile version. You can access other websites and you will see their mobile versions for as long as your user agent is set to a mobile user agent.

When you’re done, select the Default User Agent option.
The process is similar in other extensions. Even if you are using your browser’s built-in user agent switcher, it should be a fairly simple process.

Additional User Agents

Some user agent switchers don’t come with a comprehensive list of user agents. For example, the User Agent Switcher extension for Firefox doesn’t include an option that allows you to set your user agent to an iPad’s.

You can download additional user agents by clicking the User Agent Switcher icon and selecting Edit User Agents. Click the Download lists of user agents to import link and you will be able to download and import a more comprehensive list of user agents.

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