How to Request Desktop Site in Safari on iPhone/iPad

Access the desktop version of a website in iOS 9 Safari on iPhone and iPad. Check the difference between a mobile responsive design and the desktop version of a website on your iOS device.

Even as we have entered into the mobile era hook, line and sinker, our penchant for the desktop will always remain. And we would always compare our experiences of browsing internet & surfing websites on mobile and desktop/laptop computers. With the growing number of smartphone users, websites are accessed on the mobile browser. And that is a different experience altogether.

Web designing agencies provide a responsive design to users, who can check the websites on their smartphones. But they would always like to go back and check how the same website appears on their desktop computers.

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Well, if the desktop or your lappy is handy, you can easily check any website. But what if you don’t have access to that large screen of the desktop? Can you still access the desktop version of a website in iOS 9 Safari on your iPhone or iPad?

With the latest iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, browsing a desktop version of any website in iOS 9 Safari is easy and simple. Follow a couple of easy steps and you are done.

How to Access Desktop Version of a Website in iOS 9 Safari on iPhone or iPad

For example, we have opened mobile version of Yahoo! website on iOS 9 Safari.

Step #1. Open in your Safari browser.

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Open Mobile Version of Website on iPhoneStep #2. Now tap on the Share button.

Tap on Share Sheet in iOS 9 SafariStep #3. You will see two menus with different options. Swipe the lower menu to its right.

Step #4. Tap on Request Desktop Site.

Tap On Request Desktop Site in iOS 9 SafariThis action will show you desktop version of Yahoo! website on your iOS 9 Safari browser. If you want to go back to mobile version, simply tap on the Back (〈 ) arrow.

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Here is another simple way to access desktop version of any webpage in Safari on iPhone running iOS 9

Step #1. Open any website in Safari browser on iPhone.

Step #2. Once the web page is fully loaded, long press (for 2 seconds or so) the Refresh button on top right.

Tap Refresh Button in Safari on iOS 9

A menu will pop up at the bottom with an option: Request Desktop Site.

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Tap on this option, and you can see the desktop version of the same website on your iPhone.

Tap on Request Desktop Site in iOS 9 Safari

Please note that if a particular website or websites do not have responsive designs, they will appear as a desktop version by default in your iOS 9 Safari. Otherwise, you can easily access the desktop version by following the above steps. If you are using iOS 8, you can check our post; how to access the desktop version of a website in iOS 8 Safari.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


  1. I like to watch technical talks on YouTube and watch them at 1.25 or 1.5 speed. To do this on an iPad, I have to request the desktop version. I wonder why Apple went to the trouble to change how this was done; it worked just fine before.

  2. If this ever did work for Twitter on iPads it doesn’t anymore. I tried to get the desktop version for Twitter on my iPad using both of the suggestions above and although it does give me the option to use the desktop site clicking on it only takes me another mobile version – well it’s not “another” mobile version, it’s the same but with a slightly different screen layout. It’s not the desktop site. Any other ideas? This is driving me nuts!


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