How to Force Safari to Load Desktop Sites on iPhone

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Mobile websites are great, but they are very limited when it comes to how much content can be displayed on the small screen. Apple’s iPhones have gotten bigger in size over the years and thanks to HTML5, viewing desktop sites on your phone isn’t nearly as bad as you think. Plus sometimes you may need to use the full desktop version of a site, so you may come into a situation where forcing Safari to load the desktop site onto iPhone is necessary.

By default, when you visit a website using Safari or any web browser on an iPhone, you’re shown the mobile version of the site. Although it’s pretty easy to request the desktop site manually from the address bar, some people may want to access desktop websites at all times. No one would be okay with having to request the desktop version every time they visit a new website. It’s honestly far from convenient. If you’re one of those iOS users who’re frustrated by this, you’ve come to the right place, so let’s cover how to force Safari to load desktop sites on iPhone and iPad.

How to Force Safari to Load Desktop Sites on iPhone

Safari is fully capable of always loading desktop versions of websites, as long as you set it up properly. Just follow the steps below to get started.

  1. Head over to “Settings” from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.

    iOS settings icon
  2. In the settings menu, scroll down and tap on “Safari”.

    How to Force Safari to Load Desktop Sites on iPhone & iPad
  3. This will take you to Safari preferences. Here, scroll down and choose “Request Desktop Website” located under the Settings for Websites category, as shown below.

    How to Force Safari to Load Desktop Sites on iPhone & iPad
  4. Here, use the toggle to request desktop version automatically on all websites.

    How to Force Safari to Load Desktop Sites on iPhone & iPad
  5. Now, simply visit any website in Safari and you’ll automatically be taken to the full desktop version of the page. You can still view the mobile version of the site any time by tapping on the “aA” icon and choosing “Request Mobile Website” as shown here.

    How to Force Safari to Load Desktop Sites on iPhone & iPad

There you go. Now you’ve learned how to force Safari to always load desktop websites on your iPhone and iPad.

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