How to Request Desktop Site in Safari on iPhone or iPad

How to Request Desktop Site in Safari on iPhone or iPad

Apple has changed the way we request desktop site in Safari on the iPhone and iPad. Earlier in iOS, this option was buried deep in the Share Sheet. But now, it is visible just by a single tap. Let’s learn how you can request a desktop site in Safari on the iPhone or iPad.

How to Request Desktop Site in Safari on iPhone in iOS 14 or 13

  1. Open Safari on your iPhone and visit the website whose desktop version you wish to view
  2. Tap on AA from the top left
  3. Tap on Request Desktop Website.
    Quickly Request Desktop Site in Safari on iPhone

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.’

Request Mobile Site After Requesting Desktop Site in Safari on iPhone

How to Set Specific Site to Always Open in Desktop Mode in Safari

  1. Open Safari on your iPhone, and load the website you wish to always view in desktop mode
  2. Tap on AA from the top left
  3. Tap on Website Settings.
  4. Finally, turn on Request Desktop Website and tap on Done.
    Set Specific Site to Always Open in Desktop Mode in Safari on iPhone

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 Safari, follow the above steps, and turn off the toggle for Request Desktop Website.

Turn off toggle for Request Desktop Website in Safari on iPhone

How to Permanently Set All Sites to Always Open in Desktop Mode in Safari

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone
  2. Tap on Safari.
  3. Scroll down and Tap on Request Desktop Website and turn on the toggle for All Websites.
    Permanently Set All Sites to Always Open in Desktop Mode in Safari on iPhone

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 on iPhone

To view desktop version for a site on iPhone, tap on share icon from the bottom bar and then tap on Request Desktop Site.

Request Desktop Site in Safari in iOS 12

Conclusion…

Please understand that you might not see much changes with all websites in the desktop version before you go. 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 only available on the desktop version.

So, we can conclude that you may not see any significant visual changes in the desktop version for many websites, but your browser does load the resources of a desktop version when you enable it.

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