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If you look at the image below, you'll see that I'm getting the iPhone version of Google on my Mac. If I refresh, it stays the same, but curiously enough, if I visit (note SSL), it looks fine. If I do a search, it first takes me to the iPhone results, then upon refresh, it displays the normal results.

Things I have tried:

  • Checked Useragent (this may actually be part of the problem... I had switched to iPhone useragent for something and then switched back, but I had visited Google in between)
  • Deleted cookies
  • Deleted


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What happens if you hit that Classic link down there? – Nathaniel Jan 28 '10 at 22:40
It becomes normal... but when I come back, it's back to mobile. – waiwai933 Jan 28 '10 at 22:47
Does the same thing happen if you visit a different Google, say, ? – MJeffryes Jan 30 '10 at 22:51
No, it seems to be limited to – waiwai933 Jan 30 '10 at 22:54
I put another thing to try in my answer. Maybe it will help? – Dan Rosenstark Jan 31 '10 at 3:08
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Try emptying your cache.

I reproduced your problem by changing my user-agent to "Mobile Safari". Even after changing it back and restarting Safari, it still showed the mobile version.

I tried using "Reset Safari" and just flagging "Delete cookies", but that did not work.

However, when I used "Empty Cache", Google started working properly again.

I did this a few more times just to confirm that it was "Empty Cache" that was fixing the problem. I don't know why this works, though.

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One would think that reset safari already does that! Apparently not... strange. Congrats! +1 – Dan Rosenstark Feb 1 '10 at 11:21

What does this page say about user-agent and accepted media types?

Your problem seems to be in the headers Safari sends, since the normal page is restored after one visit. I suspect Safari is accepting a wap mime type (text/vnd.wap.wml, application/vnd.wap.xhtml+xml).

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Accepted media types: application/xml,application/xhtml+xml,text/html;q=0.9,text/plain;q=0.8,image/pn‌​g,*/*;q=0.5 – waiwai933 Jan 30 '10 at 23:35
Same as I have. Oh well. – Tobu Jan 31 '10 at 10:42

What version of Safari are you using? if changing the user agent back to normal doesn't fix anything, maybe reinstalling Safari would help.

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