Switch To iPad Interface In Chrome By Changing User Agent String

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You’ve heard about the iPad, haven’t you. And chances are you want to get one soon. Well, why not check out how your favorite sites would look on an iPad before you get to lay your hands on the actual device. It could be done by changing the user agent string of your browser to that of iPad.

You can change user agent string of your browser and enjoy the iPad interface right inside it. Changing user agent string in Firefox and Safari is easy. But Chrome doesn’t offer a direct method to do it.

Here’s a step by step guide to change user string in Chrome and get the iPad interface.

1. Right click on the chrome shortcut and select Properties.

chrome properties

2. Now go to “Shortcut” tab.

chrome properties shortcut

3. In Target field, you will find this text written (where “username” is your windows username):

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe

Replace the text with the text shown below by copying the text and pasting it inside target field (make sure you have your actual windows username after C:\Users\.. ).

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C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe -user-agent=”Mozilla/5.0(iPad; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B314 Safari/531.21.10″

4. Press OK.

Now open your Chrome browser. Open sites like Gmail, Twitter, YouTube that have released their iPad versions. Here’s a screenshot of Gmail in Chrome, which now is exactly like you’ll find it in an iPad.

gmail in iPad

Here’s YouTube’s iPad interface  in Chrome.

YouTube in iPad

Enjoy all the websites designed for iPad. You could also check how your own website looks on iPad (if you have one that is).

If you want to revert back to the original browser then you need to replace the user agent string with target location. Go to Chrome properties panel as mentioned in Step 1 and 2 and replace the user agent string with this text.

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe

If you are still getting the same iPad interface, clear the cache of your browser and it should be ok.

So, have you got the iPad yet? How’s the experience of using it? Tell us in comments.

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  • hello

    very nice
    thanks

  • rakesh

    this is not possible in Windows XP.

    Target link cannot be that long.

    Do you have any other solution ???

    I tried this “C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe -user-agent=”Mozilla/5.0(iPad; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B314 Safari/531.21.10″
    where is my user ID.

    I could not proceed as the target text box accepts only text upto “C:\Documents and Settings\rchunche\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe -user-agent=”Mozilla/5.0(iPad; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B314 Safari/531.
    and does not allow to inpujt anymore charecters.

    CAN THIS BE OVERCOME ????

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  • Rodolfo Loya

    does not work
    is there anything else I can do to get this interface?

  • Rishov Sarkar

    Modifying the target string? SERIOUSLY! This is how you’re supposed to do it:

    1. Right-click the page you want to view in iPad mode
    2. Click “Inspect element”
    3. Click gear icon in lower right side of developer tools
    4. Under “User Agent”, select “Override User Agent”
    5. From the drop-down menu, select the browser you wish to emulate
    6. If you select a mobile browser, you may want to select “Emulate touch events”
    7. If not already, you may want to undock the developer tools by clicking the button in the lower left and minimize it. Leave the developer tools open, though; closing it will cause the user agent to reset to Chrome
    8. Refresh the page

  • jorge

    y si quiero hacer lo contrario?
    osea emular el navegador chrome en iPad como si lo estuviera usando en una PC.