Facebook Tip: Changing From Mobile To Desktop View On Your iPad Or Tablet

UPDATE: iPad users, be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post, as there is an update regarding viewing Facebook in the Safari browser.

I can’t live without my tablet. First, I had an iPad and then eventually switched to an ASUS tablet as my primary gadget.

If you are a tablet owner, though, you probably know that apps like Twitter and Facebook treat your tablet as a mobile device by default. Instead of showing you the desktop version of a site, they automatically switch over to the mobile view of the website.

Personally, I hate the stripped-down, ad-heavy versions of the Facebook and Twitter apps, so I browse them using the native desktop view in Safari or Chrome. The challenge, though, is finding a way to get Twitter and Facebook to ignore the fact that I’m on my tablet and serve up the desktop view.

It took me an hour of finding workarounds for Twitter and I document the process of switching to the Twitter desktop view (not the mobile view) of Twitter in this blog post.

Facebook can be just as infuriating, too.

Facebook doesn't allow you to switch easily from desktop to mobile view on your tablet or ipadFacebook doesn’t allow you to switch easily from desktop to mobile view on your tablet or ipad.

Most apps have a “Switch To Desktop View” link in their footer navigation, but Facebook doesn’t include one.

And to be honest, it takes a small miracle to even see the footer navigation on Facebook because the minute you scroll below the fold, the site makes  an AJAX call to add more posts to your timeline (because it thinks you’re browsing back in time) and it loads more posts.

Facebook can make it painful to view the desktop version on your tablet. Here are the steps to do it, though. Click To Tweet

The effect is that the footer navigation gets pushed down even further.

So in an effort to not duplicate solutions created by others, I consulted Google and conducted searches for:

tablet switch facebook mobile – Nope. No easy fix.

facebook not mobile version – A couple of technical articles, but no simple solution.

facebook for desktop – Nothing useful.

facebook in standard view – Nope.

desktop facebook on ipad – Nope.

desktop facebook on tablet – AhHah!! Something helpful!

In this post on the ASUS Transformer forums, one user indicates that the standard browser on the ASUS tablet has a checkbox that stops the browser from requesting mobile sites and allows you to browse the web in desktop mode, instead of mobile mode.

Brilliant!

To confirm, I checked the settings on my ASUS tablet and, sure enough, there it is. Mine was unchecked by default.

Make your Android tablet browse facebook using the desktop view, not the mobile viewMake your Android tablet browse Facebook using the desktop view, not the mobile view

Another note, if you don’t use the standard ASUS browser, I also checked that the Firefox mobile browser and the Chrome browser have settings to Request a desktop site.

In those browsers, just load up Facebook and then choose the dropdown menu and check “Request Desktop Site” in either of these browsers.

But what about iPad users?

Is there a way to force Facebook to display the desktop site instead of the mobile site in Safari?

The answer is no. {Actually…see the note below}

But don’t lose hope iPad users. What you can do is download Chrome for the iPad and the “Request Desktop Site” link exists in the iPad app, as well.

iPad users can view the desktop version of Facebook on your tablet. You just have to know how. Click To Tweet

UPDATE: Safari now has a “Request Desktop Site” link in the mobile menu, as well. Safari users on the iPad or iPhone can use this link to switch to the desktop site.

iPad and iPhone users can now request the desktop version of a site from within Safari

iPad and iPhone users can now request the desktop version of a site from within Safari

I hope these tips help!

If you have a better way or if you’re running into issues, be sure to post a comment below and I’ll do my best to help out!

Cheers!

–Sean

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  1. I still can’t get rid of the m.facebook on my samsung tablet. My newsfeed on y tablet is HUGEnow andi can’t get it back to the regular size. I tried checking “desktop’ but it didnt help. VERY FRUSTRATED….HELP PLEASE

  2. Thank you, solved for me on Windows Phone, There was a similar setting, where even the m.facebook.com gave a better version for this model.

  3. Type in Facebook.com

  4. https://www.facebook.com/luksa.obradovic Again even Google do not know answear From Mobile to Dasktop Facebook this is my Mobile where is Facebook Developers Community

  5. https://www.facebook.com/luksa.obradovic this is my mobile account i want to recover into Desktop Deskttop Account

  6. michaelanastasia says:

    Thank you so much for this post! The mobile version of my Facebook jewelry page was a disaster. At least now I can look at it without vomiting.

  7. You will be really sorry if you try to do this. Facebook JavaScript is horribly broken and doesn’t work at all in iPad browsers in desktop mode. You will spend half your day retyping comments that accidentally got deleted, that were saved completely differently and chopped up from how you typed them, hitting keys two and three times to try and get them to register, accidentally leaving the page because it suddenly hides the keyboard while you’re typing and you actually click a link that was underneath it when you didn’t mean to,etc. etc. etc. Facebook’s desktop mode is the single most annoying, broken website I have ever seen on my iPad browser’s. Any iPad browser.

  8. Christy DuBois says:

    Not long ago Facebook did have the option for desktop view in the footer using safari. It was easy to get to when I looked at my personal information. But they recently changed that and the option is no longer there. I’m using an iPhone 6se.

    • It’s irritating that they removed the link, but Facebook is Facebook ;). That’s why I recommend bookmarking the non-mobile site in your browser so you can get back to it easily.

      –Sean

  9. Darth Darth Binks says:

    I can’t make a post in desktop mode from my Nexus 10 without it garbling and doubling everything I type. Only does it on FB.

  10. Just add ?desktop=1 directly to the end of the link. You’re welcome :-]

    • This will not work for me on my Samsung tablet. It’s like facebook has confiscated my tablet and nothing will change it back to the desktop setting, using chrome. I did find I could access the website again using the samsung browser but I am still having a few issues like, trying to live stream gets hung up.

    • This does not work for me.

  11. thanks man, so simple!

  12. Thanks so much ur a legend. I couldnt stand the facebook mobile on my tablet so I googled and came up with ur answers. thanx for posting


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