Is there a way to disable iPhone version of websites???

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by strodda, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. strodda macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2010
    There have been a couple sites that I've visited and, of course, they give me the mobile version, but I can't find a link to view full site. Is there a way to disable the ability to detect, so it always shows the full version of any site?
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
  3. iAd4m macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2010
    Not really.
    The Atomic Web browser from the apple store can do it. But it's not free if i remember correctly.
  4. JD914 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2007
    Dutchess County NY
    Again, another area where iOS needs great improvement.

    Mobile Safari at one time was the best mobile browser, fast forward to today and that no longer is the case.

    Like other mobile browsers, there should be a "User Agent" setting on Safari so one can choose either mobile or desktop view.

    Today's mobile Safari is basically the same web browser released in 2007.
  5. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    Depends how the site is coded. I used to have a script that identified the browser and redirected to a mobile site, but I only did it on the root of my website...for example You could still manually direct to the main site if you wanted.

    So would take you to if you were on a mobile broswer but you could manually type in if you wanted to see the full website and not the mobile version.

    Of course I'm not a real web designer and this method may be dated/low tech. So I can't say how many websites would still use this method.
  6. MaxBurn macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2010
    Bolthd has a similar option but atomic is far better.
  7. Xian Zhu Xuande macrumors 6502a

    Xian Zhu Xuande

    Jul 30, 2008
    Most websites detect the iPhone or iPad by looking at their user agent string and delivering special content to that device. Some better websites have a separate version of the site at a separate address, or handled through a preference, and give you the option to switch back to the regular website if you wish (unfortunately there is no standard for this).

    So to end this, you need to be jailbroken, and you have to use some hack or another to modify the user agent string sent by the iPhone while browsing through mobile Safari. There is no way to change this when not jailbroken short of using a third-party browser (yuck) which allows you to change the user agent string.

    Yes, really. :)
  8. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    People need to understand that the iOS was designed by default to have the least settings as possible not to hinder the average user with a ton of settings.

    Jailbreak or get an Android(which many will end up rooting anyways due to any certain reason).

    Being that said, it would be nice if Apple included a "Desktop/Moible" browsing settings.
  9. strodda thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2010
    should i repost in the other forum, or can someone here tell me what the safari hack is?
  10. jpetticrew macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2009
    If you're jailbroken, the app is called useragentfaker
  11. strodda thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2010
    Thanks. I did a little searching in hacks. I was about to post a "nm, I got it".
  12. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    FYI, there is a free app for people who dont want to jailbreak, Mercury Browser.
  13. zephxiii macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2010
  14. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    It depends on the site. Seems more and more sites are forcing their mobile versions. The problem though is a lot of sites have terrible mobile versions that look like WAP.

    I like sites that have mobile options but do not force it on the user.
  15. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    All the mobile sites that I frequent give me a link to the full site, usually at the bottom of the page. Not perfect, but an option. :)
  16. mikelegacy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Atomic web browser is great for this. I have my settings set to the Safari destop browser and I rarely, if ever get a mobile site.
  17. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    This is the real issue. Yes, it would be nice if the iPhone gave a setting for Safari to solve this, but this is more a problem of bad web-design. It's inexusable to have a mobile site without a 'full-version' link at the bottom of the page.
  18. Xian Zhu Xuande macrumors 6502a

    Xian Zhu Xuande

    Jul 30, 2008
    This isn't true. Mobile Safari has been enhanced considerably year after year, and to date is by far one of the very best mobile browsers out there. It should also be pointed out that the only competition it has comes from other WebKit based browsers, which are rarely anywhere near as smooth. Maybe this view comes from the fact its interface hasn't really changed all that much? I guess if someone's looking for a kitchen sink browser on their mobile phone Safari may seem a little desolate.

    Agree completely with this. Actually, the whole area of browser detection and how the result is handled makes for some of the most glaring examples of poor web design.

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