Switch To iPad Interface In Chrome By Changing User Agent String

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):


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\.. ).

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.


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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