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Hi! My website is NOT mobile friendly and I do NOT intend to change that.

Mobile screens are smaller and fit less content (and ads). My audience is composed of PC users / Gamers that almost on its entirety visit my website from their computers.

How can I change my robots.txt file to force google to always crawl my website with its Desktop Agent only?

I can only see the index crawler on search console and click on "learn more", but there's no switch on my settings that allows me to change the indexing crawler to Googlebot Desktop instead of Googlebot Smartphone.

Thanks!
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You can't.
 
But it's fine if you don't have a mobile experience. Just serve the same content to all user agents.
 
A problem arises when a site serves completely different and more limited experience for mobile user agents. If you have a set-up like this I would suggest making amendments. 
 
 
 
 
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Thanks, but that does not solve the problem of publishers that have content designed for desktop and not for mobile.

The quality of the mobile version is much worse than the desktop one, some scripts won't run, some items are "too close to each other" etc.

It makes no sense to have to optimize an entire "second viewport" for mobile users on a website where they're less than 10% of the audience, and the fact that the most important visitor (googlebot) wants to visit my site as a mobile user instead of a desktop one is hurting my rankings on search.
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I never said you need to optimize for mobile users, just don't if your audience is entirely on desktop. 
 
It is only a problem if you have a poor mobile experience that doesn't reflect your desktop experience.
 
Suggest either:
Don't offer a mobile experience (just desktop) no effort
OR 
Have your mobile experience match desktop (effort depends on set-up, responsive no additional effort, dynamic serving or m.dot potentially much higher)
 
Googlebot for smart phones can crawl a desktop environment just fine as long as you don't divert it to a mobile experience.
 
 
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Thanks. My major concern, currently, is that my speed score for desktop is 80+ and my speed score for mobile is under 20 most of the time. My website is just too heavy for Google's mobile agent, plus the items are too close to each other etc. I don't want to change that, it looks ok to me and I don't care about that. 

My point is I want good ranking on search results when people search using their desktops, but my website is placed further down on the list because google wants to crawl it with a mobile agent instead of a desktop one.

That gives me a low score and I would like to know how to tell the robots that my website is made for desktop users and to have google crawl my website with a desktop agent and give me a desktop score (which would be WAY higher) than a mobile one (which is terrible, since my content is intended for desktop users).

I don't feel like changing the way my website looks even for mobile users, it feels fine to me, I don't care if people make mistakes when using their fingers to click, they can always go back and try again, it's a small price to pay considering I work alone, my revenue is low and it would be a massive task to create a proper mobile version of my website where the items are spaced enough etc etc.

I tried AMP and it just looks awful, so I am not enabling it either. I hate this "mobile first" craze because it damages many publishers, specially in the tech related community.

My question is still How do we tell google our site is designed for desktop users so we get a desktop crawler? Nobody seems to have a reply to this question, you just say we "don't need it", but some of us want it, so we can get more traffic from search results. It's unfair that some publishers have their websites crawled properly with a desktop agent while others are bumped down for being mobile unfriendly.

Now, are you going to offer a solution or just keep telling us that we don't need it?
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Thank you very much to understand my concern and for clarifying that my low score for mobile usability and performance won't hurt my position in results then.

The content for mobile and small screen users is the same, but it's adjusted in a way that the content is all displayed in one full width column instead of a main content area with a side bar.

Google diagnostic tools insist that the items are too close to each other, but I feel it's just fine.

I have a very small percentage of mobile users, most are gamers looking for mods and tutorials, which is something they usually don't do on their phones / tablets, since you need to download the custom content etc.

I wish you have a great day!
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