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Test your mobile website from a virtual smartphone browser on your PC or Mac

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas

Recently, I shared a little trick that allows you to run apps for Mozilla’s Firefox OS smartphone apps on your desktop computer.


It’s a feature mostly designed for mobile app developers who want to create or test Firefox OS apps.


However, if your business has a mobile website, it’s a feature that comes in handy in a very different reason.


After installing the Firefox OS simulator plug-in (here’s the instructions), click the “Firefox OS Simulator” option under Web Developer in Firefox:




Then click the Simulator Stopped button to start the simulator:




Now just hit the blue button at the bottom of your simulator:




And there it is – the mobile version of Firefox, running within the desktop version of Firefox. It’s a handy way to keep an eye on your mobile site while you update it on your desktop computer: