Speaking the truth, I relish web browsing on a computer a bit more. The desktop version of a website looks complete with all the graphics and design being in the full-fledged form. That’s why wherever I find the mobile version of a site too cramped or crippled to handle, I switch to its desktop version.
Except for Safari, both Chrome and Firefox make it a lot straightforward to switch back to mobile version after switching to the desktop version on your iPhone or iPad.
Recently, I stumbled upon a hack to play YouTube in the background on iPhone or iPad using the desktop version of the entertainment app. Once I had taken full advantage of the desktop site, I wanted to change the desktop view to the mobile view in Safari on my iOS device. As there was no quick way, I had to dive a bit deeper to discover the way. Here is how it works!
How to Switch Back to Mobile Site After Switching to Desktop Version on iPhone and iPad
- Request Mobile Website in Safari on iPhone/iPad Running iOS 13 or Later
- Request Mobile Website in Safari on iDevice Running iOS 12 or Earlier
- Change Desktop View to Mobile View in Chome on iDevice
- Switch Back to Mobile Version Website in Firefox on iPhone or iPad
Request Mobile Website in Safari on iPhone/iPad Running iOS 13 or Later
Tap on AA → Tap on Request Mobile Website.
How to Switch to Mobile Version in Safari on iPhone or iPad
Step #1. First off, launch the Settings app on your iOS device.
Step #2. Now, tap on Safari.
Step #3. Next, scroll down to the bottom and hit Advanced.
Step #4. Next, tap on Website Data.
Step #5. Tap on Edit at the top right corner.
Step #6. Next up, find the website which you want to switch to mobile version. Then, tap on the red button to the left of it and hit Delete.
Step #7. Finally, make sure to tap on Done at the top right to confirm.
Now, open Safari and head over to this website. Its mobile version will be waiting for you.
Note: For those unfamiliar, there are a couple of ways through which you can access the desktop version of any site. Just head over to a site using Safari and then touch and hold the refresh button → choose Request Desktop Site. Alternately, tap on the share button 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. Keep reading…
How to Switch Between Desktop and Mobile Site in Chrome on iPhone and iPad
To go back to the mobile site in Chrome, all you need to do is just tap on the more button (three dots) at the bottom right corner and then select Request Mobile Site. Now, Chrome will refresh and bring back the mobile version of this website.
If you ever wish to go for the desktop site, get back to the same setting but tap on Request Desktop Site. That’s what called a seamless switching.
How to Switch Between Desktop and Mobile Site in Firefox on iPhone and iPad
To return to the mobile site in Firefox, tap on the more button (three tiny dots at the top right) and then select Request Mobile Site. The web browser will refresh and bring back the mobile version of the site.
If you wished to use the desktop site, come back to the same setting and then select Request Desktop Site.
Video: How to Request Mobile Website in Safari on iPhone or iPad
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I hope you can now go back and forth between the two versions of a site without any issue. I wish Safari made the switch as simple as it’s on other web browsers.
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