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Change Google Chrome User Agent String In 30 seconds?

In brief, user agent string is sort of web client’s name to tell web server “who” is it. It’s a name, not an ID, so there is no rule to restrict what name a web client should use to identify itself to the web server.

That’s why out there are hundreds of user agent string, while you probably only come across few of these web clients, like Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, search engine spiders (e.g. googlebot), etc.

Although not all web browsers allow end user to EASILY change its default user agent string, Google Chrome is one of the exceptions.

In fact, earlier I have posted a video to YouTube to demonstrate how one could get this trick done in less than a minute (probably +/-30 seconds if you’re fast enough)!



Surprisingly, the old trick tested on version 1.0.154.36 still applicable in the latest version 3.0.195.21 (Official Build 26042):

How to change Google Chrome User Agent String?

As you can see, neither you need to change the browser’s binary file with a hex editor nor to do custom compilation from the published source code. All you have to do is simply start the Google Chrome program with an option switch:
chrome.exe --user-agent="Your own user agent string"

If you are not sure how to do it, watch my ugly video again slowly. Basically, just right-click the Google Chrome shortcut, click Properties from the pop-up menu, and APPEND the --user-agent option switch in the Target text box.

Caution: You have to close ALL Google Chrome browser windows and open it again from the program shortcut with --user-agent option switch. Otherwise, the NEW user agent string will not be effective!

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  1. MusTSF 25-03-11@07:34

    For Mac users:
    Open Terminal and type:

    open -a Google\ Chrome --args --user-agent="Your own user agent string"
    

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