Google Updating The Smartphone User Agent Of Googlebot This April!

Mar 16, 2016 | 1,476 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google announced that this April 18, they will update the smartphone user-agent of Googlebot from iPhone to Android:

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 6.0.1; Nexus 5X Build/MMB29P) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/41.0.2272.96 Mobile Safari/537.36 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)
(Googlebot smartphone user-agent starting from April 18, 2016)

Following is the current smartphone user-agent for Googlebot:

Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 8_3 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/600.1.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/8.0 Mobile/12F70 Safari/600.1.4 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)

The user-agent string is becoming more similar to Chrome than Safari and this user-agent update should have no effect on 99% of the websites. A site may be affected if it looks for a particular Googlebot user-agent string. In this case Google recommends checking the website the Fetch and Render Tool in Search Console or changing the user-agent string in Developer Tools in the browser.

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