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Mobile optimised websites are nice but it happens too often that they omit some crucial functionality.

Is there a way how to cheat the browser detection or force-load the desktop version of any website?

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Closely related: How can I change the user agent for the stock browser? –  Al E. Jun 30 '11 at 12:29
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  • Open the web browser
  • navigate to about:debug (make sure you press the "go" button, not search)
  • nothing will seem to happen, but it did...
  • press the menu key and select "More"
  • Now select Settings.
  • Scroll down and you should see an option for "UAString" or "Change User Agent".
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I think that option appears normally,without the about:debug trick. It does on both my phone and honeycomb tablet? –  Oatman Jun 27 '11 at 15:53
    
@Oatman It depends on which device you have, see How can I change the user agent for the stock browser? –  Matthew Read Sep 23 '11 at 15:47
    
This setting change doesn't seem to stick. If the application closes completely, it reverts back on the next load. Any way to avoid that? –  Yuck Dec 26 '11 at 20:01
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Dolphin Browser Mini has a setting in the tools menu that is an easy way to switch between user-agents. It includes viewers for:

  • Android (default)

  • Desktop

  • iPhone

  • iPad

plus, it works much faster than the stock browser!

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The recent version of Opera Mobile (11.1) also includes the User Agent option (mobile / desktop) see: Settings/Advanced/User Agent

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Type about:useragent in the address bar then simply choose Desktop. Couldn't be easier!

Note that this doesn't work for all devices, see How can I change the user agent for the stock browser?

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You can select the user-agent on both android tablets and android phones, it's in the settings menu :-)

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Where? I can't find it on my Galaxy S2 / Android 2.33 –  daniel.sedlacek Jun 27 '11 at 16:01
    
you cant find it, see my post, it should make it "visible" –  Ryan Conrad Jun 27 '11 at 16:07
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