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03 May, 2009

How to open mobile websites on your PC browser

There are a number of use-cases for which you would want to browse a mobile-optimized website on your PC. When you visit the mobile website on your PC’s web browser, the website displays the full content much to your dismay. However, when you visit the browser on a mobile, it displays a perfectly mobile optimized page.

In these cases, there are some simple steps that you can follow to open mobile websites on your PC:

  1. Download and install the latest version Firefox from

  2. Visit Firefox Add-ons page and download the Modify Headers addon.

  3. Install the addon and restart firefox.

  4. From the firefox window, select “Tools” menu & click on “Modify Headers” option (Tools -> Modify Headers).

  5. The window will open as shown:

    Modify Headers Addon Window Click to enlarge

  6. Below the title bar, there’s a drop down. Select “Add” from the drop down box.

  7. Now in the text box next to the drop down, type “user-agent”.

  8. In the third text box, paste this string - Mozilla/5.0 (SymbianOS/9.2; U; Series60/3.1 NokiaE51-1/100.34.20; Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 ) AppleWebKit/413 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/413.

  9. Click on “Save”.

  10. The screen should look like as shown in the screen shot below:

    Filled screen of the addon Click to enlarge

  11. Using the buttons on the Modify Headers addon window, you can enable or disable particular items.

  12. That’s it! Whenever you want to view a mobile website, just go to Tools->Modify Headers and enable the user agent you added in step 8. When you don’t need it, just open this window and disable it.

  13. You can close addon window after you have enabled/disabled items.

  14. Enjoy! :)

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