Tricks and Tips: Debugging your website from Android Devices

Tapas Adhikary's photoTapas Adhikary

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Jun 23

In many cases, we develop the web app once and expect it to work on all the target devices. At times, there could be issues that are seen only in the browsers running on the devices. These issues could be related to, Page Structure, Style, Network Calls failing etc.

At that time we feel a need(or wish), if we could open up the Chrome Debugger Tool from Android Devices(Mobiles, Tablets etc) to debug things and find out the issues.

Well the good new is, It is Possible! In case you are not aware, you can set up any of your android devices for Remote Debugging to Debug your websites/apps that are running on Android's Chrome Browser.

Below are the quick steps to explain how to set it up and use. Keep exploring!

Make your Android device Debug Ready

  • Find Developer options in your phone. In most of the recent Android OS versions it can be found under, Settings > System > Developer Options.
  • If Developer options is not visible, select Settings > About device and tap the Build number seven times. Return to the above step and Developer options should now be visible.
  • Connect your phone to Laptop/PC with an USB Cable.
  • Scroll under Developer option as you will see an option to enable USB debugging. Enable it. You may get a confirmation dialog. Accept it to proceed.

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Note: Android 4.4 or higher is required for debugging. Android 2.x and 3.x devices do not support USB debugging.

Set the stage for Website Debugging

  • Launch Chrome browser on your android device and leave it alone.
  • In your connected PC/Laptop, Launch Chrome Browser and Press the F12 key to launch the debugger.
  • Open the Remote devices option from three dots menu, as it is shown below:

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  • You should see the Discover USB devices option selected:

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  • In Next few seconds, your device will be discovered and should show as connected like this:

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    rd_3.png In above image, BKL-L09 is the identification of my Android Phone.

  • Click on the Phone Identification number(In my case, it is BKL-L09). You should see the option to provide the website url you would like to launch to debug. What could be better than Inspecting my Blog site πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„.

    rd_4.png

  • At this time, you should see the same website opened in your device's Chrome Browser automatically. As a last step, just click on the inspect button as shown below:

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Final Stage

You are all set. You should see a separate debugger window has been opened by launching your website. This time, it is connected to your device's browser!

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Notice that, if you scroll, browse etc on your device's browser, same you can see happening in debugger tool as well. Awesome, Isn't it?

Demonstration

Here is a small demonstration on how you will be able to use it to inspect, change DOM, Debug Network Calls etc.

Please note: You are still inspecting and debugging the website/app launched on the connected mobile device.

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Here is a detailed documentation from Google with Troubleshooting Steps:

Hope you Like it and this is going to help you some way. Cheers! 🍺🍺🍺🍺

You can also read My Favorite Devtool Tips and Tricks from here:

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