You may need to quickly switch between user-agent strings on the fly - when developing websites that need to work on both mobile browsers and desktop browsers user-agent switcing is a must-have.
And some times you'll expirence some archaic site blocking you because you're not using Netscape or Internet Explorer (in an ancient version e.g. version 6).
Chrome got a built-in user-agent switcher. All you need to do is to open the
developer tools panel (use
Ctrl+Shift+I shortcut) and click the
button (lower right corner) and click
Overrides, and enable override user
agent and elect the browser or device you want to emulate and reload the page.
There is user-agent switchers and methods available for most browsers:
- User-Agent Switcher for Chrome
- Using the
--user-agentcommand line argument
You can always check your current user agent string by visting e.g. http://whatsmyuseragent.com/
My current user agent string is:
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.31 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/26.0.1410.63 Safari/537.31