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For Galaxy devices, you can simply enter about:useragent into your browser's URL bar. I don't think this "sticks" across reboots, but it's relatively painless to do and doesn't require extra software/hacks/etc. I don't own a Galaxy so I'm not keen on some of the specifics. If about:useragent doesn't work, then other phones can typically to this instead: ...


On my HTC Desire running 2.2 I have an option under the stock browser menu>more>settings called "Mobile view" which Enables mobile versions of web pages. For example with this this enabled I get the mobile version of Tumblr, with it disabled I get the full site.


This might have nothing to do with the UserAgent – but rather use other means of responsive design. Take my Android site for example: I don't evaluate the UA at all. Try the site with your mobile device, play with UA and Cookies all you want – unless you change your screen resolution, results will always be the same. @media (max-width: 600px) { // ...


There is indeed an extension which does this. It's called Phony and you should be able to find it if you use the addons search from within Firefox Mobile. After it's installed, you'll get a new drop-down entry in your preferences menu where you can choose your user agent (the most recent version actually has more choices than the picture below):


I have just tried on my Galaxy S5 and I got following useragent Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 4.4.2; en-us; SAMSUNG-SM-G900A Build/KOT49H) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/1.6 Chrome/28.0.1500.94 Mobile Safari/537.36


After some poking around it would appear that in this case the browser is not identifying itself as running on an Android device. I put the useragentstring you supplied into and in the operating system details field it tells me; Operating System: Linux running on a Intel CPU running on a 64 bit processor If I enter the useragentstring ...


Have you installed and used the Dolphin Desktop Toggle add-on? Is it not what you were looking for? Although, not an automatic method, it does make switching user agents much less painful. Else, you might also try accessing the mobile version of sites that render better by using their URL e.g. or or


Note: This answer is meant to address the bounty's note (bounty offered by Abhishek Anand) only, hence, may not be much relevant to the original-cum-historical question. Bounty note There must be a better way to [do] this. If a web server disregards user-agent value and looks at screen size, there must be a way to fake screen size too. As of now, ...


Some IP blocks or other header information can be used to identify requests as coming from phone carriers. In an attempt to over engineer the user experience, some web designers could to extreme lengths (such as using this info instead of the user agent) to force what they consider the optimal experience to be on the user. You can get around this by using ...


Some sites may be swapping CSS based on screen size. There's not too many PCs out there running at phone resolutions. Disabling Javascript might work around that along with a useragent change.


I'm using Dolphin For Pad, and it loads the desktop version of Engadget with the default settings. Won't try RedTube since it's NSFW. Give it a try! :)

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