In this article we will tell you how to open web pages that require Internet Explorer on an Android phone. Internet Explorer has been dead for some time, although its final burial will not come until next year. Still, it’s not hard to come across a web page that refuses to open because you don’t use Internet Explorer, even if you’re on a smartphone.
How to open web pages that require Internet Explorer on an Android phone?
There is no Internet Explorer for Android and there never was, but there are methods to trick websites into thinking you’re using Internet Explorer. It is a trick that will help you in some cases to use these pages that ask for Internet Explorer on an Android phone.
With Chameleon Browser
Chameleon Browser is a very basic web browser that, as its name suggests, specializes in camouflaging itself in other browsers. When using it, you must tap on Select User Agent and choose the browser you want to simulate, for example, Internet Explorer.
This will make the web page you open next (which you must type in Enter a URL) believe that you are using Internet Explorer. Generally, this will allow you to load the page, but be aware that it may not work correctly, especially if it requires plug-ins. Also, the desktop version will load.
With Dolphin Browser
If you prefer a more capable web browser, you can also change the user agent in Dolphin Browser, a more usable browser. In this case, the option is more hidden: you have to tap on the dolphin icon, go to the options, Advanced section, and tap on User-Agent.
You don’t have a list to choose from here, you will have to type it in by hand. You can consult the list of Internet Explorer user agents here. For Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10, use Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Trident/7.0; rv:11.0) like Gecko. As above, there is no guarantee that the site will run smoothly, although it should at least let you in.
With BrowserStack or similar apps
The last option at your disposal is to use emulated Internet Explorer. Several companies offer a similar service, although the most popular is undoubtedly Browserstack. It focuses mainly on the PC version, although it also works on Android with the downside that it can be somewhat difficult to control on the small screen of a phone: more suitable for a tablet.
BrowserStack is not free, it has an annual price that starts at $29, although you can try it for free on a limited basis, perhaps for long enough to load the web page that resists you. Another similar and simpler option you can use is Browserling, also a website with which you can open any website in any browser, for a few minutes.