How can I set iPhone to default view full sites instead of mobile?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pmcdn, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. pmcdn macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2008
    I know that there are some sites in which you can scroll down and select full site, but many don't give you that option, like Facebook. I don't think in Safari you can change it.

    I have downloaded opera, Mercury, and Atomic web browsers and have looked through the settings, but still it wants to pull up everything in mobile.

    Any tips?
  2. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    It's server side, not an option you can select on the phone (unless any of these can spoof devices?) Basically, the site sees you're using a mobile device and sets the layout to mobile. Well coded sites have a "full site" option that actually works, and FB used to, but, as I said, it's more about the coding of the site than anything setting you can change on the phone.
  3. SurferMan, Jan 20, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012

    SurferMan macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2010
    South FL
    Mobile sites if you scroll down should let you click "desktop" version at the bottom, and usually (though not all the time) if a mobile site loads for me (goes for android and iphone) I delete the .m portion and the site usually loads desktop version.

    Some mobile sites like forums I'm on are fine, but a lot have crappy coding and make it a pain in the ass to use. Or, generally with forums, when you click they should say something like " page at http://blah blah blah ... we now offer a mobile theme. Click OK to view it" ad you click ok or cancel to view it as normal.
  4. takeshi74, Jan 20, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012

    takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    If the browser has a user agent setting you can set it to identify itself as a desktop browser.


    Can't find a page for Mercury but a quick Google search (does no one know how to Google?) indicates that it can as well.
  5. Fudd macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2011
    Use Dolphin, it spoofs a real browser and loads the main site.
  6. PJ. macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2011
    I find this annoying but even worse on my iPad which so many sites automatically load as mobile site. I found a cheat online to change Twitter as that is even worse and hasn't even got a switch to desktop at the bottom.

  7. ska916jedi macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2014
    Did you ever find a way to fix the problem because this annoying and miss that my old Note 2 had the option how to view sites in settings :/ Another Apple flaw
  8. megapopular macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2007
    I wish there was a direct way to do that... I've reverted to just using bookmarks for the pages I view the most and have the desktop version saved. Sucks but works well for me.
  9. iPhone7ate9 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2014
    I wish I knew who created the concept of a mobile site and kick the crap out of him
  10. Hal~9000 macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2014
    Well I wouldn't do that since mobile sites served a good purpose when smartphone screens used to be much smaller and didn't have an easy-to-use 'reader' mode like we do now.
  11. iPhone7ate9 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2014
    I had a tiny phone screen and still hated them. They don't let you zoom for some odd reason, they remove certain links and features etc. I hate them with a passion.
  12. Iamgort macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2011
    There is no universal quick fix. Some sites have CSS that uses screen size for its rules. Others rely on browser agent which can be modified to determine which site to serve you. Others may just depend on a to serve the mobile site and not do any forcing.

    So, the answer to your question is you can't really set it to default consistently.
  13. woodekm macrumors 65816


    Feb 24, 2008
    On iPhone 6 plus, while in safari (latest version) I touch the HTTP bar at the top, bring up my favorites, then pull down between a few favorites buttons. You should see "force desktop" button around there.

    Doesn't always work but it does work.
  14. marine0816 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2011
  15. its Dale macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2013
    LA California
    Use Google Chrome and select "Show Desktop Version" . Once you select that, it will always stay on Desktop until you close that specific window
  16. Vesian macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    How hard did you look through Mercury's settings? lol. One of its best features is the User Agent switcher! It's on the main menu. Just tap it and select something like Firefox 11 or Firefox 23 and you're golden.
  17. mightyjabba macrumors 65816


    Sep 25, 2014
    For the Plus at least, this should be a preference in Safari that you can just set so it will affect every site. I'm not sure I ever want a mobile site when I've got such a big screen, and I certainly don't want the mobile sites to be the default option.
  18. Hustler1337 macrumors 68000


    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK
    It is now possible to view the desktop version of a site in iOS 8 using Safari (finally).

    Tap the address bar to bring up the Favorite menu, then swipe downward on the icons — this will reveal the new "Request Desktop Site" button.

    Tapping the button will reload the page, and in the process automatically alter Mobile Safari's user agent string.


    More info and a demo can be found here:
  19. davidgnomo macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2012
    Imola (BO) - Italy
    Or an I6+
  20. jwilson25 macrumors regular


    Aug 25, 2009
    I love this, but I've had very mixed results. some sites work fine and will load the desktop versions, while others seem stuck on mobile even after this.
  21. dilutedq macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    any website that uses a responsive layout is not going to react to user-agent changes, or requests for the desktop site because it bases it off the screen size of the device.

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