How to go back to Mobile Website after requesting desktop site on iPhone or iPad

How to go back to Mobile Website after requesting desktop site on iPhone

Whenever I find the mobile version of a site too cramped to handle, I switch to its desktop version for a bit of breathing room. On certain pages, though, I’ll have to switch back to mobile view for the best experience. 

Sure, on iOS 15, this is easy enough to do. It’s a different story for iOS 12 or earlier, on the other hand. No matter which version you use, this guide will help you view the mobile or desktop version of websites on iPhone.

How to Request Mobile Website in iOS 15 Safari on iPhone and iPad

To switch back to the mobile site after switching to desktop site on iPhone running iOS 15, just tap AA → Tap Request Mobile Website.

How to Request Mobile Website in iOS 15 Safari on iPhone and iPad

How to switch to Mobile Version in iOS 12 Safari on iPhone or iPad

  1. First off, launch Settings on your iOS device.
  2. Now, tap Safari.
  3. Next, scroll down to the bottom and hit Advanced.
  4. Tap Website Data.

    Tap Website Data from iPhone's Settings for Safari iOS 12
  5. Tap Edit at the top right corner.
  6. Next up, find the website that you want to switch to the mobile version of. Then, tap the red button to the left of it and hit Delete.

    How to switch to Mobile Version in iOS 12 Safari on iPhone
  7. Finally, make sure to tap Done at the top right to confirm.

Now, open Safari and head over to the website. Its mobile version will be waiting for you to browse.

Note: For those unfamiliar, there are a couple of ways that you can access the desktop version of any site in iOS 12. Just head over to a site using Safari and then touch and hold the refresh button → choose Request Desktop Site. Alternately, tap the Share icon and select Request Desktop Site in the share sheet.

As mentioned above, switching back to the mobile version is much easier in Chrome and Firebox. Here’s how.

Switch between Desktop and Mobile Site in Chrome

Gone to the Desktop Version in Google Chrome and need to get back?

To go back to the mobile site in Chrome, all you need to do is tap the More icon (three dots) at the bottom right corner and then scroll down to Request Mobile Site. Now, Chrome will refresh and display the mobile version of the site.

Switch between Desktop and Mobile Site in Chrome

If you ever want to go back to Google’s Desktop Version, head to the same settings menu but tap Request Desktop Site instead. That’s called seamless switching.

How to change between Desktop and Mobile Site in Firefox

To return to the Mobile Site in Firefox, tap the More icon (three dots at the top right) and then select Request Mobile Site. The web browser will refresh and display the mobile version of the site.

If you want to use the Desktop Site, go back to the same More menu and select Request Desktop Site.

How to change between Desktop and Mobile Site in Firefox

Wrapping up…

What do you think—pretty easy procedure, right? Well, unless you’re on iOS 12. Then you have to do a bit of fiddling with your Settings to switch between Mobile and Desktop sites. Nonetheless, where there’s a will there’s a way.

Still, stuck on Desktop or Mobile view? Let us know more about your issue in the comments and we’ll do our best to help you out.

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