Disabling mobile/tablet sites in Safari

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Rogifan, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Is there anyway to disable Safari from showing mobile/tablet sites? There's nothing I hate more than going to a website and not seeing the desktop version. Sure many times the site will have a link to a desktop version, but there are some sites that pull up a tablet version and don't easily let you view in desktop form. I know on my old crap Android phone there was a browser setting that allowed you to disable mobile sites. Does Safari or iOS have anything similar?
  2. gixxerfool macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    Safari does not. You can JB and download user agent faker. Or you can download another browser with an UAF built in. I know Atomic has one.
  3. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    Chrome has an option called "Request Desktop Site" that mimics the user agent string of Safari on Mac OS X.
  4. nw9, Jun 29, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2012

    nw9 macrumors regular

    May 1, 2012
    That is one major feature missing from iPhone's Safari that I want. I want to be able to toggle between the mobile version and the desktop version. Some sites do have good mobile versions while others do not. Other times I like using the mobile version because it's quicker to load and uses less download data since I have the smaller internet data plan.

    The problem is that I have to switch to the desktop version to be able to use certain features of the websites so it would be nice to have a quick toggle back and forth switch.

    Chrome does but from the few times I've used it, it doesn't seem to switch to the desktop version reliably every time I've tried it. Atomic browser has been the only browser I've used that I've been able to consistently and reliably get the desktop versions of websites. It also does have a fairly quick way to switch back and forth between the two versions.
  5. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    I use this too. It works very well.
  6. Rogifan thread starter macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Thanks for the responses everyone. I'll check out some other browsers. Hopefully Apple will add this feature in iOS 6. The fact Safari doesn't have it but other browsers in the app store do (or don't take you to a mobile site in the first place) is ridiculous.

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