You are a website creator, webmaster, Webdesigner? And you want to test the mobile version of the website before putting it online? You’ve come to the right place, that’s what we’ll see throughout this tutorial
What is the user agent?
The user agent in French is a string sent by the browser to the server when a user visits a web page.
Why change the user agent
There are several reasons for doing this, for example tweaking your browser so that it does not communicate the right user-agent to the sites you visit, which can be interesting for the respect of your privacy or to verify that a site does not display different things depending on the browser and OS you use, for example when you visit Facebook.com from your smartphone browser instead of the desktop, Facebook loads its mobile layout to make it visible on the phone screen.
Namely, for download fans like me, the user-agent is used on download sites offering software for “Mac” or “Pc” or “Linux” that you are looking for
Here are different reasons to use user-agent for Webmasters:
- Prohibit access of certain robots to certain parts or pages of a site
- Automatically redirect a visitor to the mobile version of a site if necessary
- Block Internet users using Internet Explorer as their default browsers to access your site in case it appears wrong on the site
how to change the user-agent in Firefox and Chrome browser on Android and PC
Step 1: Download and install the User Agent Switcher extension depending on the browser you are using.
Click the following button to download User Agent Switcher for Firefox
Click the following button to download User Agent switcher for Chrome
Click the following button to download User Agent for Chrome from the Play store
Change user-agent on PC
Step 2: Once the application installed, you will see a new icon at the top right of your browser
Step 3: Then click on this icon to modify the user agent. Here, for my case, I use Google Chrome but it’s the same everywhere. So I choose Android -> Android KitKat.
Si vous êtes spécialiste en SEO, vous pouvez utiliser cette technique pour faire l’analyse d’un mot clé pour période donnée en fonction des requêtes tapées pour les internautes sur mobile ou sur Pc, cela pourrait avoir un impact si vous cherchez référencer votre site.
Step 4: Now you can access a mobile version of a website, for example, google.com, facebook.com and all other sites that have not
Change user-agent on Android
Step: After downloading, launch the Chrome User Agent application from your android smartphone then select the user-agent according to your need among these different types (iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone, Windows 7 IE10, etc.)
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