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Debug Your Mobile Site in Android with


Chrome Canary
By Valentin Garcia
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17 September 2015
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Google's Chrome browser includes DevTools, a built-in feature similar to Firebug.


DevTools is really helpful for debugging CSS problems ... on a desktop computer. However,
DevTools is no use on a mobile device.
In this tutorial, I'm going show you how to use the Chrome Canary browser to debug CSS on your
Android phone. Chrome Canary is a version of the normal Chrome browser, but modified
specifically for developers.

Step #1. Enable debugging on your phone


The Developer options are hidden by default in Android 4.2 and above, so you will need to enable
them.
Go to Settings > About device.
Tap "Build number" 7 times to unlock the Developer options menu.
The message "Developer mode has been turned on" will appear:

Go to Settings > More > Developer options:

Check the "USB debugging" box:

Step #2. Open Chrome Canary


Chrome Canary is available as a desktop browser. Download it from here.

Step #3. Connect your phone to Chrome Canary


Inside your phone:
Install and open the Chrome browser app.
Visit the website you need to debug.
A confirmation alert like the one below will open in your phone, tap OK.

Go back to your desktop computer:


Open Chrome Canary.
Go to this URL ... chrome://inspect
You will see a list of device that displays the website and other resources you are seeing on your
phone.
Click the "inspect" link to access the screen of your mobile device from the computer.

From here, you're ready to debug the CSS of your mobile site in the same way you do with the
desktop version. Check the CSS properties and play with them to improve your site design or fix
your bugs. This is a Joomla site below, it works just as well with WordPress, Drupal and other
platforms.

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