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Change the user agent string on iOS Safari iOS devices
When using Safari on an iOS device, web pages that have mobile versions will display those versions, because they parse the user agent string sent by the browser. In general, this is a Good Thing, but you may want to see full web pages, and not the reduced mobile versions.

A blog post on the Technipages website explains a way to do this. It involves downloading a program called iBackupBot, altering a file in your iOS device's backup, then restoring it. It's a bit of work, but if you really want to view full web pages with an iOS device, you might want to try it out.

[kirkmc adds: I haven't tested this, and I don't do enough web browsing on my iOS devices to need this. It's true that some sites minimize their content when you access them from a mobile device, but in most cases, this isn't a problem for me.]
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Change the user agent string on iOS Safari
Authored by: xyglyx on Mar 23, '12 08:11:33AM

Or you could use one of several third-party browsers that let you set the user agent to desktop Safari, such as iCab Mobile.



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Change the user agent string on iOS Safari
Authored by: Typhoon14 on Mar 23, '12 01:09:04PM

One of the issues with all third-party browsers in iOS is that javascript performance is several orders of magnitude slower then it is with Safari, because Apple restricts their "Nitro" JIT compiler to Safari. For this reason, I stick to Safari on iOS devices.



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Change the user agent string on iOS Safari
Authored by: skeeks on Mar 23, '12 10:14:51AM

There's an easier way to do this, just install Atomic Web Browser and change the user string. You can set it as Mobile Safari (Default), Safari desktop, Firefox, Explorer or Wap Device; you can even select some specific versions. If you need the function spend some money and don't mess with your backup files. As I mention before, you have to get the payed version, but is only 0.99 and have some other handy functions.
I use this when a mobile site is underdeveloped and basically useless. Anyway, sometimes, the websites are so bloated that Atomic Web becomes very slow, I believe that the same thing would happen with Safari.



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Change the user agent string on iOS Safari
Authored by: ChicagoCode on Mar 23, '12 04:29:01PM

I have enough apps, I don't need another one clogging my memory just because I want to view the desktop version of a web page. This hack is excellent.



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Change the user agent string on iOS Safari
Authored by: OmniDragon on Mar 26, '12 01:47:40PM

This hack involves downloading another app, if you read the blog post.



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Change the user agent string on iOS Safari
Authored by: David Allen on Mar 23, '12 09:34:54PM

I use the Atomic Web Browser as well. Works great, has a full screen mode, can import Safari's bookmarks and you can use it when set as Desktop Safari to access icloud.com.

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Change the user agent string on iOS Safari
Authored by: richshipley on Mar 27, '12 08:53:28AM

I'll also recommend Atomic Web Browser for this. It offers settings to appear as several different browsers. I don't use it a lot, but it's handy just in case.

Rich

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