Automatically request desktop version of a website in Safari

When you visit a website on your iPhone or iPad, the mobile display is not always optimal. Text on the website might get jumbled. Some functions don’t work or don’t read comfortably. Since iPadOS, Apple urges website developers to treat the iPad as a desktop and not a mobile device.
As a result, Safari will load the desktop version of a website instead of a simplified version. However, there are still some websites where this is not yet the case. That’s why you can choose to load the desktop version of a website in Safari automatically. This is especially useful on an iPad and also possible on an iPhone.

Request the desktop version automatically in Safari

  • Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad
  • Navigate to Safari
  • Scroll down to ‘Website Settings
  • Tap ‘Ask for desktop site’
  • Check the ‘All websites’ option

When you visit a website on your iPhone or iPad, it will automatically request a website’s desktop version.

Unfortunately, this is not always a guarantee. Sometimes a website developer may bypass this setting.

Manually request the desktop version of a website

Would you instead not enable this for all websites? Then you can also request the desktop version manually per website according to the steps below.

  • Open the website on your iPhone or iPad in Safari.
  • Tap the aA button in the address bar
  • Choose ‘Ask for desktop site’.
  • Is iOS 12 or earlier installed? Then place your finger on the rotating arrow in the address bar, wait a few moments and then tap ‘Ask for desktop site’.

Other browser? get desktop version of a website.

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