Device definitions

You can customize the details of the devices used to test your site. For example, you can set up a device that closely resembles a typical customer.

List of emulated devices

Default devices

Four devices are configured by default.

The Mobile and Desktop devices match the settings used by Lighthouse and PageSpeed Insights. Note that there may still be difference in performance metrics in different environments.

Name Bandwidth Round-trip time CPU throttling
Mobile 1.6 Mbps 150ms 4x
Mobile Fast 12 Mbps 70ms 2x
Desktop 8 Mbps 40ms 1x
Desktop Fast 100 Mbps 2ms 1x

If you signed up for your account before September 2019 these defaults may differ.

Configuring devices

To modify the default devices, or create new ones, click the gear icon next to the device dropdown when configure a new page.

Details on each device

Either edit an existing device or click Add new device.

Edit device

Bandwidth

This setting limits how much data can be transferred per second.

Round-trip latency

When running a test each network packet will be held back for this amount of time.

Form factor

This is either Mobile or Desktop. The form factor affects:

  • screen size and device pixel ratio
  • how the Lighthouse performance score is calculated (pages are expected to load faster on mobile than on desktop, so the same metrics will result in a different score)
  • the user agent
Form factor Size Device pixel ratio
Desktop 412x660px 2.625
Mobile 1350x940px 1

User Agent

Set a custom user agent header.

CPU throttling

This setting slows down code execution to simulate a device with a less powerful CPU.

Disable service workers

Don't register service workers. This can make it easier to test page performance if your service workers make a large number of requests to prefetch additional resources.

Block ads/tracking

This option installs uBlock Origin on the test device.


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