How To Request Desktop Site On iPhone, iPad

Have you ever wanted to browse any website on Safari or Chrome browser in desktop mode on your iOS devices? You might need to access Google, Hotmail, etc. in full desktop site on your iPhone or iPad. Well, it is possible and if you are a geek then you might already know how to do so. But for those of you who are unaware of this option, we have mentioned it in this article.

This feature is useful if you are used to the desktop version of a website and cannot find a particular feature or it is not available in the mobile version. And as the screen size of the Apple devices has increased compared to the previous models, the desktop mode also looks great and is convenient to use. You can do so with two methods in the Safari browser. And if you wish to do this on the Chrome for iOS then we have mentioned that also. So let’s dive into the methods.

Request Desktop Site On iPhone

If you are on iOS 12.2 you can make use of the first feature mentioned in the following article to request desktop site in Safari on your iPhone. It will also works for some previous versions of iOS like 11, 10, and 9.

Method 1

  • Open Safari and visit the desired website.
  • Tap on the Share icon as shown in the screenshot below.

Options in Safari browser

  • From the list of options that appear, you need to look for Request Desktop Site and select it.Request Desktop Site on Safari browser

Note: You can bring the Request Desktop Site option to any location by holding and dragging and dropping the icon to the desired position.

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Method 2

  • This method is also very simple and just like the above method first open the desired website.
  • Then press and hold the reload arrow at the top right corner.use websites in desktop mode on iPhone and iPad
  • Next, a menu will appear at the bottom of the screen, from there select Request Desktop site. Now, the website you previously opened will load in its desktop mode.

On Chrome Browser In iOS

Well, it certainly isn’t a big task to achieve it on the iPhone or iPad Chrome browser. It can also be done in two ways here. Let’s see how.

  • Open the Chrome browser and visit a website.
    • Now as it opens, tap on the three dots at the bottom right corner and select Request Desktop Site.Request Desktop site in Chrome browser on iOS
    • Another way is similar to the Safari browser, tap on the share icon, at the top right of the screen in the address bar. Then from the bottom section select Request Desktop site.Desktop site - Chrome in iPhone

If required you can switch back to the mobile site after requesting the desktop version on these browsers. It’s not available directly on Safari but you can still do it while it is a piece of cake on Chrome. Here’s how.

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Switch Between Mobile And Desktop Site

1. Chrome

If you wish to go back to the mobile site on Chrome browser then tap on the 3 dots or share icon and this time select Request Mobile Site.Switch back to Mobile site on Chrome in iPhone

2. Safari

While there’s no such option in Safari browser itself but you can do so from the Settings.

  • Open Settings and select Safari.Safari Advanced Settings in iOS
  • Now, at the bottom select Advanced.
  • After that, tap on Website Data.Edit website data on iPhone
  • In Website Data, tap on Edit at the top right of the screen.
  • Next, spot the website for which you want to use the mobile version again. Once you find it, tap on Delete button beside it and select Delete.Go back to mobile site after requesting desktop site
  • Lastly, tap on Done.

Now, head back to the Safari browser and visit that site. There you go! It will now load in its mobile version.

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Wrapping Up

Hopefully, you were able to request desktop site on Safari and Chrome browser in iPhone. Not only that but also switch back to the mobile site after making use of the desktop mode. It can be quite irritating while trying to do so in Safari browser but once you know the method it won’t take you more than a few seconds. Let us know if you have any issues in the comments section below.

Hemant Mendiratta
Hemant Mendiratta is a passionate blogger and keeps a keen eye on useful apps and gadgets. Absolutely loves running and is currently training for his first Marathon. You can connect with him on:

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