How to View the Desktop Version of a Website on Your iPhone and iPad

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot

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    Most popular websites these days come in both desktop and mobile versions, with the latter rendering content in a more responsive fashion for a consistent browsing experience across a variety of tablet and smartphone screens.

    Mobile-friendly websites are often stripped down and streamlined for easier navigation, with the result that some full-page content isn't displayed at all - and even when it is, finding that content can sometimes be a chore, especially if you're used to the desktop version of a site.

    Recognizing this, Apple has had the foresight to let you bypass mobile versions of websites and view original desktop versions on its mobile devices instead. To request a desktop site on your iPhone and iPad, simply follow these steps.

    1. Launch Safari on your iOS device and navigate to the website in question.
    2. Long press the Reload button in the far right of the address bar.
    3. On iPhone, tap Request Desktop Site at the bottom of the screen. On iPad, the same option appears in the dropdown menu below the Reload button.
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    Note that you can also access this option by tapping the Share button (the square with an arrow pointing out) and selecting Request Desktop Site from the third row of the Share Sheet.

    With that done, Safari should remember your preference for that particular website and load the desktop version the next time you visit it.

    Article Link: How to View the Desktop Version of a Website on Your iPhone and iPad
     
  2. tromboneaholic macrumors 68030

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    This was news a few years ago.

    It's been available since at least iOS 8.
     
  3. Relentless Power, Oct 22, 2018
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    I had know idea that you could ‘long press’ on the refresh button to request the desk-too site. I was always one that would scroll down to the bottom of the site, and look for ‘View Full site’ to click on.

    Although, my preference is usually using the mobile site on my iPad or iPhone to be more streamlined and condensed.
     
  4. GabrielMoro macrumors member

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    That’s why it’s useful to post about it today... A lot of people don’t know it exists. :)
     
  5. StellarVixen macrumors 6502a

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    Desktop sites look horrible on mobile phones. On tablet, they are somewhat acceptable.
     
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    As a frequent tech user (See my above post), I actually had no idea about the long press with the refresh button requesting the desktop site. It’s much more convenient executing that versus strolling down to the bottom of the site to look for ‘view desktop site’.
     
  7. AnonMac50 macrumors 65816

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    The problem I found is that some websites still don’t provide the desktop version when requested.
     
  8. tromboneaholic macrumors 68030

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    The current trend is for responsive web design to scale based on the viewport size rather than the device, so in many cases the only difference between desktop and mobile versions is the size of the browser window. In most newer web designs these days it's the same version, just displaying differently.

    I could see this feature being removed in the not too distant future, and the timing of the article struck me as somewhat random.
     
  9. seinman macrumors 6502

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    That’s a great feature... when it works. Which, these days, is less and less often.
     
  10. tromboneaholic macrumors 68030

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    Which is exactly why I think it will be removed before long.

    With most newer websites, if you are on your desktop and make your Safari window narrow, the "responsive" design will adjust the page layout and image sizes so the you are essentially looking at the mobile version.
     
  11. Loge macrumors 68030

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    "responsive" = looks like garbage on anything that's not a phone.
     
  12. tromboneaholic macrumors 68030

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    Actually I have the opposite problem. I often set up a site using bootstrap that looks great on desktop, but I'm not happy with how it looks on mobile.
     
  13. J.acks macrumors member

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    But why though? There's reason people design website as mobile first. There's this thing called progressive web apps.

    All of these are to target mobile users. Why do you want to view website that is for desktop on mobile?

    I am pretty sure the experience is kinda meh. You need to zoom in and out to actually do anything.
     
  14. tromboneaholic macrumors 68030

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    The old fashioned sites that have two different versions for mobile and desktop sometimes leave out functionality on the mobile version that is present on the desktop version. This is actually one of the advantages of responsive design – it's the same site with a different layout.
     
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    I didn't know about it. I'm glad they provide these tips. Not everyone knows every trick and its useful for new and old users alike
     
  16. tromboneaholic macrumors 68030

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    It was a lot more useful a few years ago. I'd be surprised if it's still around in a couple of years for the reasons stated above.
     
  17. iapplelove macrumors 601

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    I always prefer the desktop sites. Didn’t know about this short cut alwasy did it the long way..

    Thanks
     
  18. GrumpyMom macrumors 604

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    You can also get the option to reload without content blockers, too. Which is useful because this is the only site I will support by viewing ads. They’re not obtrusive here. However I couldn’t get my whitelist to work on iPhone. I could on my Samsung. Now I can visit here on my iPhone and let the ads run while I’m here.
     
  19. iapplelove macrumors 601

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    I’ve come across this as well.
     
  20. JohnApples macrumors 65816

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    As another user pointed out, there are several sites out there that leave out functionality on their mobile sites, some of which I use daily.

    Also keep in mind that when the iPhone originally came out, the whole premise of Safari on it was that you could see the “full internet” and not the “baby internet” on your mobile device. I know we’ve strayed quite far from that, but I’d still like to be able to view the “full internet” at times from my phone which I use probably more than a PC these days.

    Until web developers stop gimping the mobile versions of websites, I do not want to see this option disappear.
     
  21. sxdev macrumors newbie

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    Need to send in problem report for MR for not working right. (Or t-mobile keeps forces mobile on me)
     
  22. BC2009 macrumors 68000

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    Sometimes mobile versions of websites are missing functionality that is present on the desktop site. This has been the only reason I have used this feature.
     
  23. m0sher macrumors 6502

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    I tell people about this all the time and you’d be surprised a lot of people still don’t know about holding down the refresh button to get desktop view pop up.
     
  24. BC2009 macrumors 68000

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    Does anybody know how to make safari revert back to preferring the mobile version of a website if you find the desktop version does not work on a phone? Typically I want this when a pop up window covers the screen but the close button for the pop up window is not visible.

    There are some sites that even zooming out or rotating to landscape will actually resize the popup so the problem persists
     
  25. Spizike9 macrumors member

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    Because sometimes there are features on the desktop site that people need to access.
     

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