If I have to define what is the “User-Agent” of a browser, then in very simple words I will say that it the Identity of your browser. With the help of this “User-Agent” a web page can know which browser you are using. Sometime changing the User-Agent gives you the flexibility to test a Mobile website in your desktop browser or simply visit sites which are designed to work in a particular browser. Today I will show you how to use Google Chrome’s built-in User-Agent Switcher.
First of all I want to make clear that this method works only on Google Chrome version 17 (Still in Beta) or later. Because previous version of Google Chrome doesn't has the built in option to change the “User-Agent”. Of course there are alternative ways to achieve the same result in previous version of Chrome by using extensions or by using “Commend Line Parameter”, but in this article I will stick to the Built in options method.
The trick or the method is very simple. First open up your Google Chrome browser and after that press Ctrl+Shift+I to open the Developer Tools. You can also open it by going to Wrench-Icon > Tools > Developer Tools. Now click the "settings" icon at the bottom-right corner of the Developer Tools window.
In the settings window, Click the “Override User Agent” option under the “Network” section. Now you can select your desired User Agent from the Drop-Down menu. After that you can close the “Developer Tools” window and reload the page to see the result.
Nirab Sarma Sunday, January 08, 2012
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