Jan 6, 2012

Custom Desktop User Agent String for Android's Dolphin HD

Ever want to view websites in their Full Desktop display mode? How about watch The Daily Show or Colbert Report on your Android device? Comedy Central is an example of a site that automatically switches to their Mobile site, which doesn't allow viewing full episodes. We want full episodes because our Android hardware is fully capable of viewing full Desktop sites including Adobe Flash content. In this post, we'll go over how to view all websites in full Desktop mode on Dolphin HD Browser.

When we visit a website, our web browser's User Agent lets a website know the capabilities of our browser. Then the website serves up the page in a readable format suitable for our device whether it be on a PC, Mac, Android, or iPhone. The problem with Dolphin HD is that it's built in User Agent still shows Android in the User Agent String, so some sites we visit still serve up their Mobile site.

To fix this, we're going to paste in our own Custom User Agent String:

Go to More => Settings => Dolphin Settings => User Agent => Custom

Then Copy and Paste the following User Agent

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:8.0.1)

Then go to Data Storage Settings => Clear data

Check Clear cache
Check Clear history
Check Clear all cookie data

Press OK

Exit out of Dolphin HD

Open up Dolphin HD, and now any site you visit will display in full Desktop Mode.

If you're curious what the User Agent String above means, then this is what websites see when you visit:

Mozilla/5.0Web Browser
Windows NT 6.1Operating SystemWindows 7
WOW64Web Browser32-bit Internet Explorer running on 64-bit Windows
AppleWebKit/535.7Rendering EngineWebKit Rendering Engine
KHTML, like Gecko
Apple WebKit is based on KDE KHTML
Chrome/16.0.912.63Web BrowserGoogle Chrome Browser



  1. You're awesome. This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks a million. :)

  2. Hi Tri, Thank you for posting this. I confess I'm not having luck. Or rather, maybe I'm having luck but Comedy Central isn't behaving. I'm using the latest Dolphin from Play Store on an Android TV stick, MK808B. I've followed the directions to the letter and get no video. Before I try to troubleshoot more, I thought I'd check to make sure these instructions were still accurate since they were first posted. Also, if there's another or a better way that you have since found for watching Daily Show on 'droid, I'd love to know. Many thanks!

    1. Hi Terry, the user agent will load the desktop version of the site. If you're seeing the desktop site, then you're almost there. If you see the desktop site but no video, then there may be an issue with adobe flash.