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Monday, June 27, 2011

Using Firefox With Your Computer to Access iPhone Sites

The Issue: With a few steps you'll be able to turn your computer's Mozilla Firefox into an iPhone browser. This is similar to our post on turning your computer's Safari browser into an iPhone browser.
Why? To access iPhone only websites with your Firefox browser in order to preview them, or to obtain data from iPhone mobile-web targeted sites.
The Lesson:
1. Open your Mozilla Firefox browser
2. In the URL bar, enter "about:config"
About_config_main_3
3. Right click anywhere on the page, go down to New and over to String
Aboutconfig_new_string
4. You will be prompted to enter the preference name. Enter: general.useragent.override
New_string_value_pref_name
5. You will next be prompted to enter a "string value". Enter: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419 (United States)
String_value_iphone2_correct
6. Once you have hit OK, you have morphed your Firefox into an iPhone mobile browser! Woo!
Here is a sample of what Google now looks like:
Firefox_google_correct
Associated Press has made an iPhone only website: www.apnews.com
Without this configuration you would not have been able to access this page.
Apnews
To reverse this process and return to regular Firefox mode, you must go back into "about:config".
Then scroll down to the "general.useragent.override" and right click it. Select Reset.
Reverse_firefox_iphone
Your back to regular Firefox.

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