How to Request Desktop Site in Safari on iPhone or iPad

Access the desktop version of a website in Safari on the iPhone and iPad. Check the difference between 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 Safari on your iPhone or iPad? Follow a couple of easy steps and you are done.

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How to Access Desktop Site in Safari on iPhone or iPad Running iOS 13 or Later

Step #1. Open Any website on your iPhone or iPad in Safari browser.

Step #2. Tap on AA → Tap on Request Desktop Website.

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Request Desktop Website in Safari on iPhone or iPad

Switch Back to Mobile Site After Switching to Desktop Version in iOS 13 Safari

Tap on AA → Tap on Request Mobile Website.

Switch Back to Mobile Site After Switching to Desktop Version on iPhone and iPad in Safari

How to View Desktop Version of a Website in Safari on iPhone or iPad Running iOS 12 or Earlier

For example, we have opened the mobile version of iGeeksBlog.com

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Step #1. Open iGeeksBlog.com in your Safari browser → Now tap on the Share button.

Step #2. You will see two menus with different options. Swipe the lower menu to its right → Tap on Request Desktop Site.

Access Desktop Version of a Website in Safari on iPhone or iPad Running iOS 12 or Earlier

This action will show you the desktop version of iGeeksBlog.com website on your Safari browser.

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Here is Another Simple Way to Access the Desktop Version of Any Webpage in Safari

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 the top right. A menu will pop up at the bottom with an option: Request Desktop Site. Tap on this option, and you can see the desktop version of the same website on your iPhone.

View Desktop Website in Safari on iPhone or iPad

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 device. Otherwise, you can easily access the desktop version by following the above steps.

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How to Switch to Mobile Version in Safari in iOS 12 or Earlier

In iOS 12 or earlier, it’s a bit tricky to go back to Mobile version. Click on this to know more.

Watch out how to request the desktop version of a website in Safari:

That’s it for now!

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Jignesh Padhiyarhttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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