Updated: Twitter Tip – Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad

Note: There is an important update at the bottom of this post. Please be sure to read ALL THE WAY to the end!

This post has been updated with additional information about compatibility with Android-based devices. Check the Update at the bottom of the post for details. Also, if you’re trying to switch to the desktop view of Facebook, be sure to check out this post.

Wow…sometimes the simplest tasks can be made difficult.

As you may or may not know, I ‘m a big fan of Twitter. Generally, I use HootSuite on my iPad, but there are times that I need to use Twitter.com to perform tasks such as creating lists or just checking out people’s profiles from an email link. While the Twitter mobile site is significantly faster than the desktop view, I still prefer the standard view since it offers a lot more functionality.

Lists, for example. This morning, all I wanted to do was create a simple list of my tweeps located in Kansas City. Couldn’t do it in HootSuite so I switched over to the Twitter and somehow got stuck in the mobile version on Safari. So, I’ll just click the link to switch over to the desktop view, right? Wrong! Twitter’s mobile UI doesn’t offer a link to the desktop view when viewed on the iPad via Safari. Grr!

So, I switch to Google and type the following searches:

iPad switch Twitter mobile desktop – Nope.

iPad change Twitter desktop view – Nope.

iPad Safari switch Twitter view – Nope.

iPad switch between standard and mobile Twitter – Nope.

iPad change view Twitter standard mobile – Nope.

iPad change from Twitter mobile to desktop – Nope

Twitter allows you to switch between standard and mobile view when you visit their mobile site on a desktop. Drrrr!

Strange…you can click the link to the standard Twitter interface when viewing Twitter’s mobile site in Firefox on a laptop, but not on the iPad in Safari.

I even visited several iPad forums and the common answer was to switch to Atomic Browser. Really?? A whole new browser just to switch over to the desktop view of Twitter? I don’t think so!! This searching went on for about 20 minutes with a high level of frustration before I gave up on Google (something which rarely occurs for me).

Finally, I just got out my laptop, booted up, went to http://mobile.Twitter.com in Firefox and hovered over the link in the standard desktop view. Yes…when you visit Twitter’s mobile view on a desktop, there is a link to switch between views. I’m still scratching my head on that one.

So…for all you lost souls who are stuck in the mobile view of Twitter on your iPad, here is the magic process you can follow to switch to the desktop view.

1) Go to http://twitter.com and likely it will switch you to the mobile view.

2) in the URL bar, change the URL to https://mobile.twitter.com/settings/change_ui

NOTE: It is important that you ensure the URL has https and not http.

3) Twitter will redirect you to the login screen for the desktop view and you’ll need to log in again.

Ta-DA! Twitter desktop view!

I hope this saves someone else time and frustration.

Cheers!

–Sean

UPDATE: It looks like Twitter has made some changes, most likely do to the hacks they experienced due to weaknesses in their mobile architecture. The bad news is they deactivated the ability to switch from mobile to desktop in Safari. So, how do you browse the desktop view on your Apple iPad? It’s easy. Just download the Chrome browser for your iPad and then browse to Twitter. Click the settings icon in Chrome and choose “Request Desktop Site”. The page should reload and you should see the Twitter desktop site instead of the mobile site.

UPDATE2: I have had a lot of questions asked about whether this same fix works for Android phones like the Galaxy S3 and on Android-based tablets like the ASUS Transformer. The great news is YES I have testing this exact same process on both the Apple iPad and the Android Transformer to make sure that it works. I also tested it on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone and the link works there, as well.

Comments And Reactions

  1. #Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad http://t.co/bOlzLFZB

  2. Thank you so much! I was getting pretty pissed off with the mobile version. Some choice please Twitter, treat us like grown-ups!

    • Glad it helped, Tenille! As I mentioned, it took me 20 minutes to figure out a workaround, just so I could switch views. Frustrating as all get out.

      Hopefully, folks can book mark this article, click the link, and get back to the standard view whenever they need it now. At least until Twitter wakes up and adds a link to the mobile view ;)

      –Sean

  3. Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad http://t.co/mFKzQUCV via @socmedsean

  4. psychoactivex says:

    oh boy I have been looking for a solution for this! thank you soooooo much!

  5. Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad http://t.co/DWv7xG6r via @socmedsean > very handy!

  6. Thank you for this!

  7. Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad http://t.co/n8IKZNiU lewat @socmedsean

  8. omg….I think I love you! Thank you so much for the link!!!

  9. Thank you soo much I’ve been looking for this solution forever :)))

  10. That didn’t do anything? I still get the mobile version? I need to access the lists and it won’t let me?

    • Hi Heather,

      I just tried on my iPad 1 in Safari and it worked perfectly. Here are the steps I would suggest.

      1) Open Safari
      2) Navigate to Twitter and make sure you are logged in (this is key)
      3) Navigate to this blog post
      4) Click this link Twitter Link To Change From Mobile To Standard On Mobile Device Like iPad

      Safari should open Twitter back up in the standard desktop view.

      If this doesn’t work, please let me know as I’d like to make sure that other iPad users don’t get stuck in the mobile view when they want to use the standard view instead.

      Cheers!

      –Sean

  11. Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad http://t.co/9tLo0Xjc via @socmedsean

  12. Thank you, Sean!!! Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad http://t.co/v3ag0vqs via @socmedsean

  13. Thanks to your post I finally changed settings.
    Thank you!

  14. Im using sony ericsson p1i so i want you to help me tweet via standard not mobile web please

  15. You rock Sean!! This saved me some frustration

    • Glad it helped, Nikki! I’m still amazed that Twitter hasn’t made it easier to switch between the mobile view and the standard desktop view. And it’s not just limited to the iPad. I have checked my Samsung Galaxy phone, the Kindle Fire, and the Nook Color tablet and there is also no way to switch between views on those devices.

      Cheers!
      –Sean

  16. C McWhirter says:

    Thanks Sean! Seems like I’ve been looking for this forever. Thank you.

  17. Glad it worked for you!

    –Sean

  18. maulik shah says:

    thanx a lot frnd
    i was looking for it since a couple of weeks and i finally found your post and i was really happy to see it working even on my nokia phone

    But the reason for commenting apart from thanking u was that

    i wanted to request you to find a working version of bolt browser for my nokia e51 symbian mobile phone, i have looked no search engines but could not find it…… Plzzz help sean

  19. Thank you, Thank you, A Thousand Thank Yous! I do so appreciate you sharing this, you are very thoughtful.

  20. Thank you, Thank you, A Thousand Thank Yous for sharing this information. You are very thoughtful and you are truly my Hero!

  21. Thank you so much! It was driving me crazy!

  22. Thanks so much! You’re a life saver!

  23. Bless you! I was really frustrated with this! Thanks a million!

  24. Great Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard View In Safari On iPad http://t.co/IqUSLWGy /via @socmedsean

  25. Thank soooo much

    It irritate me for a hour
    Finally found the solution

    Thanks!!!

    Atomic browser doesnt work anymore so does puffin

  26. Thank you so much!
    The most frustrating part is that mobile Twitter does not have a link to reset your password if you cannot get in!
    I have spent weeks away from twitter after my account was hacked,and I could not ind a link get a new password!
    THANK YOU!

    • I’ve been there, Suzanne! I know how frustrating it is! I find it strange that Twitter.com has such a kludgy interface!

      Glad it sounds like you’re back up and running!

      Cheers!

      –Sean

  27. Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad http://t.co/pG5WSF6A

  28. I find when I click that link it goes to the home page twitter.com, and not the address of the direction hyperlink. When I get there and log in the settings don’t have a standard or mobile view, so I’m stuck with the mobile view on my iPad (and happily the standard view on my laptop).

    Do you know why I am unsuccessful when clearly others have found your link works?

    Thanks.

  29. Hi Joanne. Are you trying to do this on an iPad or another tablet device? I haven’t tested this in any other browsers than Safari on an iPad, but I think I might go ahead and test it since this article has seemed to help a lot of people.

    If on an iPad, try this:

    1) Open Safari. Close all tabs except Twitter.com. Likely, you are stuck at the mobile view and the URL says “mobile.twitter.com”.

    2) Log in. This is important that you are logged in when you do this, so Twitter remembers your preference.

    3) Click this link http://mobile.twitter.com/settings/change_ui (or copy/paste it into the URL bar)

    4) Twitter should switch you over to the the standard http://www.twitter.com view.

    I just tested and it worked on my iPad in Safari. Let me know if it doesn’t work for you.

    Cheers!

    –Sean

    • Hey Sean, I just tried that and i logged in to twitter and followed your instructions but i don’t think i’m doing it right on m ipad how do i do it again can you please email me that!!!! thanks

  30. Thanks for helping my soul!!!

  31. Thank you so much!!

  32. Thanks! You just saved me hours from searching for a solution. Was really fed up with the mobile twitter on my ipad.

  33. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Was getting really frustrated there!

  34. ……marry me. This has been so annoying!

    Thanks, Sean!

  35. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

  36. Oh my god……thanks a million! xoxo
    This has been bugging me for months.

  37. Omg thank you so much this was driving me up the wall!

  38. Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad http://t.co/JhxtEhDH via @socmedsean

  39. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can’t understand why iPad users are constantly forced to use mobile versions of sites when most of the time this means we can’t use even basic functionality and the iPad screen is just as big as that of some netbooks…

  40. What about the HP touch pad, please

  41. Thanks a lot!

  42. Useful info from @aonbhar on using Twitter main site on mobile kit
    http://t.co/0yq8sihT

  43. Twitter Tip: Changing Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On iPad (works on Android phone too) http://t.co/emhT0niz via @socmedsean

  44. Sticks Maguire says:

    The world needs more people like you my friend, nice one

  45. Thanks a lot …ure a lifesaver …

  46. Yeesh, thank you! Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad http://t.co/l4uJc24Q via @socmedsean

  47. Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad http://t.co/OGmAVhBz via @socmedsean

  48. What about other sites? Like youtube? Or game sites… I hve one question… Where is the adobe? I cannot download it on the ipad3.. I have no idea what to do when i want to play smallworlds or stardoll!!! The nook already has adobe AND java already downloaded into to it.. But how come it diesnt work on the ipad?

  49. Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad http://t.co/K6tfAh8O via @socmedsean

  50. GREAT tool, I’m sure others have looked! http://t.co/hN48vCnt

  51. It takes me to the home page but when I want to go to my followers or who I’m following it just goes to the original blue twitter screen and that’s it. Blank. And I can’t get around it. I can’t make changes or look at my list, profile or my tweets. Please help. My android never gave me this problem. Damn you Apple!

  52. @OhSoEmmaStone http://t.co/x6M0MLmb try this

  53. Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad http://t.co/Fpsd8DeX

  54. How to switch to the desktop version of twitter on your iPad and iPhone http://t.co/qBLNI37D

  55. How to switch to the desktop version of twitter on your iPad and iPhone http://t.co/uF0BANCF

  56. Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad http://t.co/08eB0znl via @socmedsean

  57. Thank God!!! what a hero you are!!!!!!!

  58. @Sallyedevlin u will need some help. Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad http://t.co/i6lm8UNZ

  59. To be able to use the non-Mobile Twitter site on your iOS device, bookmark this: http://t.co/0K7uZlYH

  60. Twitter Tip: Changing From Mobile To Standard Desktop View In Safari On The iPad http://t.co/CYZkJLcX via @socmedsean

  61. Works on other platforms too “@ellardent To be able to use the non-Mobile Twitter site on your iOS device bookmark this http://t.co/vbvu2PJX

  62. Thank you for saving me soooo much time!!!!

  63. Thankyou so much! Works perfectly on my iPhone 4S

  64. Thank you so very much. I have been trying to figure this out ever since I bought this iPad!! Thank you!

  65. Matthew Tereau says:

    I use Android and wanted to switch to desktop in order to get the URL of a tweet. When I googled how to switch this was the first result. I clicked the link and the problem is solved! Thank you very much sir!

  66. @gettyspaghetty says:

    OMG YOU’RE A GENIUS! THANKS A LOT!

  67. THANK YOU.

  68. Thaaaaank youuuuu, :0)

  69. Ahh you are amazing, thank you for curbing my frustrations :) – heather a

  70. Thank you!!! Cheers

  71. Thanks for sharing, you saved me a lot of time.

  72. Yes!

  73. Thanks you very much! This saved me throwing my iPad across the room!

  74. You rock! Thanks for the awesome iPad twitter link! Xoxoxo

  75. Thank you for this!

  76. woahhh. .
    Big thanks for you. . .
    Finally, -after frustated for a couple days ago- i can switch my mobile twitter into desktop ver. .not only for ipad, but your magic tips also work on my-ordinary-nokia :D

  77. Thank you! Finally lol XD

  78. Thanks for that. Been getting quite frustrated by the mobile version.

  79. WonTonSoupLvr4lyf says:

    Thank you soooo much!! Huge help :) :)

    Namaste

    Pcs Luv

    Cats

  80. Thank you!

  81. Miriam Guzman says:

    Thank u soooo much!!! I was getting so frustrated with myself. You are a life saver!!!!

  82. THANK YOU. My god, you wouldn’t believe the frustration it caused.

  83. I used this tip of yours because I am on my laptop and somehow..don’t ask me how..got stuck on mobile. I remember hitting a key when I went to move my laptop and looked up, saw I was on mobile twitter. Fine, I thought. I will just type in twitter.com. Nope, hours later still stuck. So I googled and found this page which works until I turn my laptop off and restart it. Then I am still stuck. Any ideas? I have messaged support and asked multiple people for help to no avail.

  84. Thank you a million!

  85. i still need help!

  86. OMG, thank you! You can only import email contacts in the full site and the mobile site does not give you a link to switch…. I was going batty! Appreciate the link!

  87. Thanks for this…I have just been going through a similiar frustrating process until I too Googled for a switch option. Found your blog and peace has now returned. Great work!

  88. Thank you – I was just going nuts!!

  89. thank you so much finally after many days of searching for the solution I found it here

  90. THANK YOUUUU

  91. Thank you! I get so fed up with sites making me use their mobile version, especially when you need to take care of tasks they’ve disabled the functionality for on their mobile site.

  92. Thank you SO MUCH, you saved me many time

  93. Thank you! Somehow on IE8 I was given the mobile version, which is a pain to use.

  94. Glenda_in_Texas says:

    Now it’s my time to thank you. I got my desktop background back!! Thank you so much!

  95. Thanks – very helpful

  96. Thank you so much. You rock!

  97. how do i get off the mobile twitter??????

  98. thanks for the Link, but it worked only once.Now I have trouble to switch from mobile to standard.

  99. Thank You Sean! my laptop had switched to mobile view don’t know why but I just clicked on the link you provided and it was fixed!

  100. You saved me from going damn near crazy trying to figure this out. Thanks for the tip!

  101. THANKS . . .

    I found this after too much time searching…

  102. THANK YOU!! I have no clue why twitter wouldn’t include a small link on the mobile site SOMEWHERE!

  103. THANK YOU SOOOOPO MUCH!!!!!?

  104. David Vaughan says:

    Thanks needed this

  105. Jessica Jihana says:

    Soo appreciated! I was probably 5 seconds from blowing up when I came across this!

  106. Great information. Lucky me I came across your website by accident (stumbleupon).

    I have saved it for later!

  107. Thank you!!! This is the only place I could find what I wanted without having to turn on my laptop to go full twitter site. Saved me time and frustration. Too bad twitter doesn’t provide this easy access link on the mobile site!

  108. Sheila Lamonica says:

    Thank you so much!!!! I have been dealing with the mobile version on my desktop for months now and could not figure hout how to change it to the standard view.

  109. Thank you so much! Genius! I have been frustrated for months over the instant switch to mobile sites on an ipad. And now even the other oft cited browsers (Like Atomic and iCab) automatically switch to mobile versions of sites without an option to change. Very frustrating for me, as now I pretty much only have an iPad to do computering, so sites that won’t let me access the full functionality of the standard site pretty much make that site unusable for me. But at least now I can make changes to Twitter!

  110. I just want to say thank you thank you thank you for put the twitter standard desktop link up on your blog I thought I would never get off the mobile one only thing I wanted to do was to change my profile pic I got my background pic and colour done and the header pic on but the downside is that there’s problems with changing a profile pic but hopefully it’s back to normal ASAP I have bookmarked the full twitter site so thank you again :-)

  111. oh, i found myself in a mess trying to get on my twitter accounta nd landing on the mobile connection all the time;so i googled “i want to get back twitter on desktop” and the first place i landed on checking up is your site. it is such a relief i just had to use the link on your piece to land me back where i want to be. you are a life saver today. And i guess for everyone that could be lost in this haze. Thanks for helping.Your write up Rocks too.

    i willl be glad if you can let me blog on this, and share your link.I would love love to post it on my blog and link back. Please what do you say?

  112. Thanks a ton. You saved me time working this out myself.

  113. Marco d'Agostino says:

    Thank so much for this helpful tip! M

  114. Thanks for the tip! After twitter got hacked, I decided to just delete the account only to discover that twitter won’t let you withou deactivating it for 30 days and although they are fine letting you sign up on a mobile device they won’t let you deactivate on one!? Seriously!? Pretty sleezy for a company of that size.

  115. Trouble with Twitter. I get maybe 6 Tweets on the page, but after that the page will not load for more. I still run Windows 7 IE9.
    For Help I would be happy.
    Thanks

  116. I clicked on the link you provided but it didnt help or work for my Samsung Droid Charge. Any help or different link?

  117. Thank you!!

  118. Hi,

    I’ve bookmarked this page for ages and always just click on the link. This week, however, it doesn’t work anymore! I think Twitter updated their mobile version? It never updates my feed properly! Advice?

    Thank you!

    • Hey Jai,

      I looks like Twitter has discontinued the functionality in this link. I have tried several different methods and none redirect to the Desktop UI anymore. The best alternative solution I can find is to use Chrome instead of Safari. In the Chrome Settings menu, there is a link to “Request Desktop Site”. If you check this, it will no longer show you the mobile Twitter site.

      Hope that helps!

      –Sean

  119. Hi, I’m experiencing the same problem as Matthew B. but on my BlackBerry PlayBook. Can’t download Chrome, so any thoughts on ways to work around? Much appreciated.

  120. Hey Matthew,

    Yep, Twitter killed the link. The best alternative solution I can find is to use Chrome instead of Safari. In the Chrome Settings menu, there is a link to “Request Desktop Site”. If you check this, it will no longer show you the mobile Twitter site.

    Cheers!

    –Sean

  121. No longer works. Think Twitter fully disabled it on the website. And looks like none of the Twitter apps have the capability anymore either. I realize that there’s processing overhead added when using Lists but I’d rather opt to have a slower loading site than no choice at all. And, if nothing else, come out with an app that does Twitter Lists specifically. If anyone knows if anything still works for iPhone or iPad, please let me know. At this point, I’m no longer really using Twitter as I rarely go on my laptop anymore. And just can’t keep up with 190 tweeps.

  122. Petersr76 says:

    I never knew there was a “request desktop site” in Chrome. It works a treat ! Thanks. Please accept a ‘manly’ handshake from across the Atlantic !

  123. Thanks rmgcat (and Sean!). It took three steps on iPad: 1) Install Chrome, 2) Request Dektop version from Chrome setting, and *then* 3) change URL to https://mobile.twitter.com/settings/change_ui. Wish I could get back the time it took me to get here, but I very much appreciate your knowledge share! Thanks again.

  124. Good information. Lucky me I ran across your site by accident
    (stumbleupon). I have saved as a favorite for later!

  125. the link you provided for the iPad users does not work, when I click it, it still ends up as mobile twitter. please fix this or provide a new link.

  126. Nice weblog right here! Also your website quite a bit
    up very fast! What host are you the usage of? Can I am getting your affiliate
    link on your host? I want my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

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