For some time now the ability to test drive mobile versions of a website has been as easy as changing some settings on your browser. This tutorial will help to surface that functionality. We’ll focus on the touch version of salesforce.com viewing it from the iPad perspective. This is helpful if perhaps you’ve never seen or experienced Salesforce Touch, or if you just want to debug a mobile application you happen to be hard at work on.

Below are the steps to view Salesforce Touch from you computer:

  1. Login to Salesforce.
  2. Modify user settings and check “Touch User” on your user detail page.
  3. Logout of Salesforce.
  4. Open a new Chrome browser window.
  5. Right click on the chrome window and select “inspect element”.
  6. Click on the gear icon on the lower right hand side of the Develop Tools window.
  7. Check the box for “User Agent” and select iPad – IOS 5 from the drop down below that check box.
  8. Close that settings window and developer Tools window.
  9. Now in the Chrome window type the url “touch.salesforce.com” and log back into Salesforce.

Once you’re logged back into Salesforce you should be viewing the your org from the Touch version of Salesforce built exclusively for mobile devices.

This is pretty cool huh.

For a better understanding of how this works simply google “Browser User Agents”.