How to Set Custom User Agent in Android WebView

Set Custom User Agent Android WebView

In webview of Android, if you want to set custom user agent,this tutorial is for you.

Custom user agent can be helpful if some options of a website is only available in the desktop version of the site – not on mobile version, or you just want your app to have the option to change user agent, etc

To set a custom user agent, we need define the user agent in a string, then pass the string to setUserAgentString(your string name here).

Create a new string

In the activity of the webview, create a new string,

String MyUA = "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) AppleWebKit/537.36 " +
            "(KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/41.0.2228.0 Safari/537.36";

So we created a string for user agent, the user agent defined in the string is of a desktop browser user agent, with this user agent set – your Android browser will load desktop version of websites. You can change this user agent to other user agents you like.

So we set the string, now let’s call it

webview = (WebView) findViewById(;


Here we called the string that we have set, it is ready now.

This code can be inside the oncreate method of the web activity.

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4 thoughts on “How to Set Custom User Agent in Android WebView

  1. Hi.
    It works, but some pages still showing the mobile version.
    What i’m doing wrong?


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