Author: Catherine Moca

How to Test Responsive Design in Device Mode with Chrome Developer Tools

Introduction

In the rapidly changing landscape that is web development, it can be challenging to find the right tools to meet your growing needs as a developer. With the emergence of mobile devices as a significant source of online traffic, responsive design is rising as an important tool in a developer’s set of skills.
According to the tenets of responsive design, websites should adapt to different resolutions, supporting devices ranging from smartphones to desktops with full-sized monitors. Not only do websites have to look great, but they also have to perform well across the scope of connectivity options that mobile devices have introduced. Fortunately, Chrome has made it easier to test responsive design through Developer Tools by integrating a powerful emulation feature: device mode.
Device mode can emulate a mobile environment to test a website’s responsiveness in different devices. This mode can change the resolution of your page to reflect the size of screens from devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Apple iPad. You can also test your site with different throttling options.
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Prerequisites

– Any modern version of Chrome. If you want a more developer-centric tool, try Chrome Canary.

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