How To Enable a Website’s Desktop Version On Mobile Browsers

Nowadays most websites adhere to a responsive design for mobile or smartphone screens. Oftentimes, however, the mobile version of a website does not offer full functionality. Therefore, you may need to enable the website’s desktop version on mobile browsers to execute certain tasks.

You might have to enable desktop version on mobile when you might want to change the privacy of—or hide—your Facebook friend list on mobile, for example. You also need to have a desktop version, when you might want to create a subreddit on mobile, or just view the desktop version of Facebook or any other websites, for that matter. So let us dwell on how you might do it on major mobile browsers.

According to Start Counter, the most downloaded or used mobile browsers are as follows:

  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Samsung Internet
  • UC Browser
  • Opera
  • Firefox

We will be showing how you can open the desktop version of a website on these major mobile browsers. However, please keep in mind that the article is based on the latest versions of the browsers.

How to Enable a Website’s Desktop Version on Google Chrome

How To Enable a Website’s Desktop Version On Mobile Browsers
  • On Google Chrome, go to the website whose desktop version you want to access to. Tap the vertical three-dots icon on the top-right corner of the screen.
  • A host of options will appear. Tap on ‘Desktop site’, and the website will automatically reload its desktop version.
  • To disable the desktop mode, tap on ‘Desktop site’ again and the mobile version of the website will load.

How to Enable a Website’s Desktop Version on Safari

How To Enable a Website’s Desktop Version On Mobile Browsers
  • On the latest version of Safari on the iPhone, go to the website.
  • On the top-left corner, there is an icon that looks like AA. Tap on the icon.
  • You will see an option called ‘Request Desktop Website’. Tap on it, and the desktop version will automatically reload.

How to Enable a Website’s Desktop Version on Samsung Internet

  • On the Samsung Internet browser, go to the website.
  • On the bottom-right corner, there is a three-lines icon ≡. Tap on ≡, and tap on ‘Desktop version’ icon. The website will force reload its desktop version.
How To Enable a Website’s Desktop Version On Mobile Browsers

How to Enable a Website’s Desktop Version on UC Browser

Enabling the desktop mode on UC Browser is a bit tricky, and certainly not user-friendly.

How To Enable a Website’s Desktop Version On Mobile Browsers
  • Go to the website you want to access. On the bottom-middle corner of the browser, tap on the three-lines menu icon ≡.
  • Again, on the bottom-left corner, there is another icon (as indicated in the photo). Tap on it to expand new options.
  • Tap on an option called ‘Browser Settings.’
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap on an option called ‘Website Preference (UA).’
  • Tap on ‘Others‘ and then ‘Desktop.’ ‘Refresh’ the page again, and hopefully, the desktop version will appear.
  • To disable the option, go through the same process again, and tap on ‘Mobile’ in the end in place of ‘Desktop.’

How to Enable a Website’s Desktop Version on Opera

How To Enable a Website’s Desktop Version On Mobile Browsers
  • On Opera, go to the website you want to access.
  • On the top-right corner, tap on the vertical three-dots icon . Touch on ‘Desktop site‘. The website will load automatically.

How to Enable a Website’s Desktop Version on Firefox

How To Enable a Website’s Desktop Version On Mobile Browsers
  • Similar to Google Chrome and Opera, go to the website on Firefox. On the top-right corner, tap on the vertical three-dots icon .
  • Tap on ‘Request desktop site‘, and the site will reload its desktop version.