Why doesn't Safari let you turn off mobile sites?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by Rogifan, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    There's nothing I hate more than going to a website and being re-directed to the mobile or tablet version of the site. Sure some of them allow you to switch to desktop mode but not all. Plus it's an extra click I'd rather not have to do. Some mobile websites are OK but most don't have all the festures the desktop version does. How difficult would it be for Apple to allow users to turn off mobile sites in Safari settings/preferences? Other browsers like Atomic Web don't re-direct you. So why does Safari?
  2. Gutwrench, Nov 28, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2012
  3. Rogifan thread starter macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
  4. Gutwrench Contributor


    Jan 2, 2011
    Maybe it can be added to the forum's FAQ page for convenience. :)
  5. WishIWasHere macrumors regular

    May 26, 2008
    Yeah, this is probably the thing I dislike the most about my iPhone. When the original iPhone came out, it didn't seem to be as bad, but at some point it became a problem. It's tolerable if the website has a button to show the full desktop website, but not all of them have that button. What's even worse, some have the button but it doesn't work, it effectively just keeps refreshing the mobile site. I've actually started to use the Dolphin browser, which I actually like quite a lot, and it has a nice, simple desktop setting that avoids this problem altogether. I really wish they'd add that to Safari, I guess I should send in some feedback about that.
  6. Nale72 macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2012
    I believe it's the same with most of the stock browsers on Android phones also, but the Android version of Chrome however lets you choose between mobile och desktop.

    I can't find that setting in the iOS version of Chrome, so it's probably something that Apple don't want use to be able to do. Perhaps because this will make the browsing slower on larger/heavier sites and don't want us to blame Apple for making slow phones?


    Thanks for the tip, jumped past your post when I wrote the above...
  7. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    The worst issue with this (imo) is poorly coded redirects. Sometimes when you do a Google search and tap on a result, it will redirect you to their mobile site ... except that the redirect throws you to their homepage and not to the original article/page. And often the "view full site" link does the same thing.
  8. WishIWasHere macrumors regular

    May 26, 2008
    I agree, it's something I really wish would get fixed/improved. I'm fairly easy to please, and I don't have many iPhone complaints, but this is one that has bugged me for years now.
  9. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    Chrome for iOS has an option to request the desktop site in the menu.

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