If you're a web developer or own an online business, you might be curious what a mobile site looks like on a desktop computer. The look and functionality of your mobile site can be crucial because more than half of internet traffic comes from phones. Customers are more likely to stay on a site longer or buy something if it is visually appealing. A desktop view can also help you make changes and troubleshoot possible issues sooner.
Fortunately, this is a relatively simple process. In this article, we'll show you how to view a mobile version of a website on different devices and browsers.
How to View the Mobile Version of a Website in Chrome on a Mac
In Chrome, you can test the front end and see if all the website components are working properly using a built-in developer tool called DevTools. Because it provides predefined device choices, DevTools is the best way for the developer to quickly shift the view from desktop to mobile and vice versa without any developer extensions.
You can also change the screen size to suit your needs and adjust the screen width and height to see how your website will look on different screen sizes. To do this on a Mac, follow these steps:
- Launch the Google Chrome browser and navigate to the site you want to view.
- Press F12 on your keyboard to access DevTools.
- When the mode is activated, click on the “Toggle Device Emulation” icon.
- You can choose from a list of iOS and Android devices to emulate.
- It will display the website in the mobile form you have chosen.
When you're done, simply close the developer tools window to close the mobile version of the website.
How to View the Mobile Version of a Website in Chrome on a Windows PC
If you want to view a mobile version of a website on a Windows PC in Chrome, the process is quite similar:
- Open the Chrome browser.
- In Chrome, go to the website you want to see in the mobile version.
- Right-click on the web page and select "Inspect" from the menu.
- To access the DevTools, click on the "More Tools" tab and select "Developer Tools" or press F12 to open DevTools.
- The Developer Tools window will open.
- Click the toggle device icon to switch to mobile site view mode.
- Choose the mobile device you want to emulate (optional).
- You can now change the screen dimensions as needed.
How to View the Mobile Version of a Website in Chrome on a Chromebook
Accessing the mobile version of a website in Chrome using a Chromebook is very similar to the first two methods.
- Open the Google Chrome web browser.
- Open the web page you want to access on your mobile device.
- To access the menu, click on the icon with three vertical dots.
- Hover your mouse over the More Tools item in the list.
- Select "Developer Tools".
- The Developer Tools in Browser window will open.
- Toggle the mobile site display mode by clicking the device toggle icon.
This will bring up the mobile site UI. You can also choose the preferred device experience by selecting the brand and model from the drop-down list. The web page will refresh as a desktop site each time you close the developer tools console.
How to View the Mobile Version of a Website in Firefox on a Mac
You can use other web browsers like Firefox to view a mobile site on a Mac desktop computer. Resizing the browser window is one of the methods that most web developers use to evaluate the responsive design website. However, most of the time, this alternative will not seem acceptable.
This is where the web development capabilities of the Firefox browser come in handy. You can browse your web pages in multiple resolutions if you know how to access mobile versions of websites in Firefox. Follow these steps:
- Open the mobile version of the website you want to view.
- Right-click on the web page and select the "Inspect" option from the menu.
- Choose “Responsive Design Mode”.
- Choose the website screen size.
How to View the Mobile Version of a Website in Firefox on a Windows PC
Windows PCs also have the ability to view mobile versions of websites using Firefox. Here's how:
- Start Firefox on your PC.
- Go to the website you want to see in mobile version.
- Go to "Settings" by clicking on the horizontal three-bar icon.
- You will see a drop-down menu where you need to choose a "Web Developer" option.
- Select "Responsive Design Mode".
- Finally, you can select a smartphone model to see how your site will look on that device.
How to View the Mobile Version of a Website in Safari on a Mac
We've covered how to view a mobile website on a desktop computer using Chrome and Firefox. But what about the default browser that comes with Mac devices, Safari? Luckily, it's also possible to view a mobile version of a website in Safari.
- Launch the Safari browser.
- Go to the website you want to view in mobile version.
- Click on "Options" and then on the "Develop" menu.
- From the drop-down menu, choose "Enter Responsive Design Mode".
- You can now view the mobile version of the website.
Can I view the desktop version of a website on my phone?
The answer is yes! You can switch from the mobile version to the desktop version to check it without using a computer. The steps to switch from mobile version to desktop version in Chrome are as follows:
1. Navigate to the website you want to display on the desktop.
2. Tap the three-dot icon to access the menu.
3. Now select the “Desktop View” option.
Keep in mind that these steps may vary depending on the phone you are using.
Making Mobile Website Design Easier
Developer tools are great for analyzing and editing a mobile version of a website on a desktop computer without switching devices. You can change the screen size to see how components work on various devices. You can adjust different components and make the website for multiple screen sizes using responsive mode.
When designing a website, the designer should always keep in mind how the front-end of the site looks on phones, tablets, and desktops. Using the methods described in the article can also help the developer to do this and identify the components of a website that are creating problems to fix them.
Have you ever tried to display a mobile version of a site on your desktop? Which browser do you prefer to use for this? Let us know in the comments section below.