Desktop site on an Android phone.
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In Safari on iPhone, tap the "Aa" icon and select "Request Desktop Website."

In Chrome for Android, tap the three-dot menu icon and select "Desktop Site" from the menu.

Most websites have mobile versions that are optimized for smartphone screens. Sometimes, you might need to see the full desktop version of the site. iPhone and Android devices allow you to switch between desktop and mobile mode.

How to Request Desktop Site on iPhone

On the iPhone and iPad, tap the “Aa” icon in the Safari URL bar and select “Request Desktop Website” from the menu. It’s really that simple. If you have a device running iOS 12 or older, for some reason, viewing a desktop site in Safari is a bit different.

New menu in iOS 13 to request desktop website

The same thing applies to most browsers on the iPhone and iPad. For example, with Google Chrome, simply tap the three-dot menu icon in the bottom right and select “Request Desktop Website” from the menu.

Request desktop site on iPhone in Chrome.

How to View Desktop Site on Android

To view a website in desktop mode with Chrome for Android, tap the three-dot menu icon in the rop right and select “Desktop Site.”

There are many browsers available for Android, and you can enable desktop websites in them in a similar way.

View a desktop site on Android.

How to Switch Back to Mobile Site on iPhone

If you’re viewing a website in desktop mode on an iPhone or iPad, simply tap the “Aa” button in the Safari URL bar and select “Request Mobile Website.” Now you’re back in the mobile-optimized website layout.

Switch back to the mobile site on iPhone.

How to Turn off Desktop Mode on Android

To switch back to the mobile version of a website in Chrome for Android, tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right and uncheck the box for “Desktop Site.” Other Android browsers have this option in a similar place.

Turn off desktop mode on Android.

That’s all there is to it. Switching between desktop and mobile versions is no big deal on iPhone, iPad, and Android. Thankfully, most modern websites work perfectly fine in their mobile-optimized layouts, but you still may need the full version once in a while. Now, if you want to browse an old version of a website, that’s a different story.

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