Apple has changed the way we request desktop site in iOS 13 Safari on iPhone and iPad. Earlier in iOS 12, this option was buried deep in the Share Sheet. But now, it is visible just by a single tap. Further, Safari in iOS 13 has two new options to view desktop site on iPhone and iPad.
So, In total, now there are three methods. Take a look at each one of them.
- How to Request Desktop Site in Safari on iPhone Running iOS 13
- How to Set Specific Site to Always Open in Desktop Mode in iOS 13 Safari
- How to Permanently Set All Sites to Always Open in Desktop Mode in iOS 13 Safari
- How to Request Desktop Site in Safari in iOS 12
How to Request Desktop Site in Safari on iPhone running iOS 13
- Open Safari on your iPhone and visit the website whose desktop version you wish to view.
- Tap on AA from the top left.
- Tap on Request Desktop Website.
The page will automatically reload in the desktop version.
To return to the mobile version, tap on AA and then tap on ‘Request Mobile Website.’
How to Set Specific Site to Always Open in Desktop Mode in iOS 13 Safari
- Open Safari on your iPhone, and load the website you wish to always view in desktop mode.
- Tap on AA from the top left.
- Tap on Website Settings.
- Finally, turn on Request Desktop Website and tap on Done.
From now onwards, this website will always open in a desktop view. You may have to force quit Safari and reopen it (or restart iPhone) for these changes to take place.
To stop it from always loading the desktop version in iOS 13 Safari, follow the above steps, and turn off the toggle for Request Desktop Website.
How to Permanently Set All Sites to Always Open in Desktop Mode in iOS 13 Safari
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap on Safari.
- Scroll down and Tap on Request Desktop Website and turn on the toggle for All Websites.
From now onwards, all the websites you visit in Safari will load the desktop version.
- Do not see All Websites in step 3 above? Turn on the toggle for ‘Other Websites’ or tap on ‘Edit’ from top right and then tap on ‘Clear All Settings.’ Now you will see the option named ‘All Websites.’
- To stop all websites from loading the Desktop version, follow the above steps and turn off the toggle for ‘Request Desktop Website.’
How to Request Desktop Site in Safari in iOS 12
To view desktop version for a site on iPhone and iPad running iOS 12, tap on share icon from the bottom bar and then tap on Request Desktop Site.
Before you go, please understand that you might not see much changes with all websites in the desktop version. For sites like Wikipedia, you can see a complete revamp of the layout.
But if you enable Desktop mode for many sites, including ours (go ahead and try), you won’t see much difference. However, when you scroll to the end, you might see our fixed right sidebar ad on mobile that is only available on the desktop version.
So, we can conclude that for many websites, you may not see any significant visual changes in the desktop version, but your browser does load the resources of a desktop version when you enable it.
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