When you open a website on your iPhone, your browser will automatically display the mobile version (obviously) of websites that are generally streamlined, however, you are likely to lose some functionality hence why you might prefer to opt for the full version.
But it is possible to go fully desktop on mobile. In this article, we are going to provide you with simple instructions on how you can request a desktop version of a website in Safari and other browsers on an iPhone, including how to automatically open desktop sites for every site you visit.
Note: The Instructions we share below only apply to devices running iOS 13 and later.
Here’s how to request a desktop version in Safari for iPhone:
Step 1: Open the Safari browser and navigate to the website you’d like to use the desktop version of.
Step 2: With the site open, select the Options menu in the address bar. It looks like two capital letter A’s.
Step 3: From the pop-up menu, tap the ‘Request Desktop Website’ option from the available options.
Step 4: The page will reload with the desktop version of the site.
Note: While all sites will let you request a desktop version, not all sites will actually give you one — some will just refresh the page but keep displaying the mobile site.
Always Open the Desktop Version of a Website
Step 1: With the site open, tap the Options menu next to the address bar.
Step 2: Choose Website Options.
Step 3: Tap the switch next to Request Desktop Website to on/green.
Step 4: Now, even if you navigate away, your iPhone will automatically open the desktop version every time you open a page in this domain.
Always Open a Desktop Version of Every Website
With the help of the Settings app, you can instruct Safari to always request a desktop version for every site you visit. Here’s how to.
Step 1: Go to Settings.
Step 2: Select Safari.
Step 3: Scroll down and Click Request Desktop Website.
Step 4: Set the switch next to All Websites to on/green.
Request Desktop Websites in Other Browsers
You can still request desktop websites in other browsers, however, you will have to do it for each site you go to.
In Chrome, navigate to the site, and then head to More (three horizontal dots) > Request Desktop Site.
In Firefox, open a page and then head to More (three horizontal lines) > Request Desktop Site.
In Opera, go to More (three horizontal lines), and then turn the switch next to Desktop Site on.
In Microsoft Edge, tap More (three horizontal dots), and then select View desktop site.
In case you wish to turn off desktop mode on your iPhone and switch back to the mobile version of a website in Safari, just tap Options (aA) > Request Mobile Website.