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How to Change User Agent in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge comes with a capability of changing user agent effortlessly. You can change the user agent of Microsoft Edge via Developer Tools menu.

In web browser, user agent is a string contained on the HTTP header — a code that transfers data between a web browser and web server. Web server uses user agent to recognize the identity of a web browser it is making a connection with while web browser use user agent as identifier of itself. Simply put, user agent is a way used by a web browser to tell web server about itself. Something like “Hi, I am Microsoft Edge on Windows 10”.

Web servers need a user agent to be able to know how it is supposed to serve the associated web browser. For instance, if a user agent identifies itself as a Firefox running on Android, web servers will serve web pages specialized for mobile devices.

How to change user agent in Microsoft Edge

As mentioned earlier above, changing user agent in Microsoft Edge is extremely easy. You can change it via Developer Tools menu which you can access by clicking the three-dot icon on the top-right corner of Microsoft Edge. Or, you can also simply press the F12 button on the keyboard.

As the Developer Tools window pops up, go to the Mode section and select the user agent you opt to via the drop-down menu on the User agent string option.

As you can see, there are several options of user agents you can choose from. You can also add a custom user agent string.

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