Many websites, including How-to Geek, display a mobile version for users that are browsing the site on their phone. This is done to reduce bandwidth and look better on a smaller screen and resolution, but sometimes you really just want the full desktop version of a website. Read on to find out how to view the desktop version of any website on your phone.
There are plenty of reasons why you might want to use the full desktop version of a website on your mobile device. Some websites disable certain features from their mobile version that they may deem unnecessary or bandwidth-intensive. Other times it can just be a pain to navigate a mobile website when the data you need is displayed much more easily on the desktop version.
There are a lot of websites that don’t offer us a choice in how we view their site, so we have to take matters into our own hands. Knowing how to do this is also especially useful when you’re on a Wi-Fi network, in which case the mobile version of a website won’t really load any faster than the desktop version anyway.
Disabling the Mobile Version of a Website on iPhone or iPad
Since iOS 9, you can very easily switch to the desktop version of a website — there are two ways to do it. The first is to use the Share (the arrow) menu, and then choose Request Desktop Site.
The second way is to long-press on the reload button and choose Request Desktop Site from the menu.
Pretty simple, really.
Disabling the Mobile Version of a Website on Android
Google makes it much simpler and includes an option to enable desktop view in the default Chrome browser. Just click on the settings menu in the upper right corner and then check “Request desktop site.”
There are a lot of Android apps on Google Play that also carry this functionality, but downloading them just for this ability would be pointless since the default browser is able to do it. The only drawback to using the default browser on Android is that there isn’t a way to permanently enable desktop view. If you decide that, by default, you’d like to view every website in desktop view, you’ll need a third party app.
Disabling the Mobile Version of a Website on Windows
You can disable the mobile version of a website with Window’s default browser, Internet Explorer. To configure this setting, open Internet Explorer > More > Settings > Website preference.
Photo courtesy of windowsphone.com.
The Simplest Method, Sometimes
Of course, the easiest way to get to the desktop version of a website is by selecting the desktop view link on the page itself — although most pages don’t have one.
Not every website has this option, so you can use the methods in this article as a quick workaround. Just remember that websites force you into mobile view to maximize your experience on their website, reduce your load time, and save you cellular data.