[Updated] Facebook Tip: Changing From Mobile To Desktop View On Your Phone, 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 access to the full Facebook desktop in the Safari browser.

I can’t live without my tablet. First, I used the iPad and then eventually switched to an Android 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 Facebook desktop view or Twitter 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 Facebook desktop view.

Identifying How To Get The Facebook Desktop View On Your Tablet

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, so I set out to find a way to view the full version of the Facebook web pages on mobile.

viewing the desktop view of facebook on your mobile device like your phone or tablet isn't always easyFacebook doesn’t make it easy for you to switch from desktop to mobile view on your mobile device, tablet, or ipad.

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

And to be honest, it takes a small miracle to even see the footer navigation on the mobile version of the Facebook site 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 Facebook footer navigation on their mobile site gets pushed down even further. So…if the mobile footer even had a “switch to Facebook desktop view” or  a”Facebook desktop” link you would likely never get to the point where you could see it, let alone click it.

So in an effort to not duplicate solutions created by others, I consulted Google and conducted searches like the following to find how to get the desktop version of Facebook on my mobile device:

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.com on tablet or mobile device – Nope.

force facebook desktop – Again, no articles that solved it issue.

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.


Important Tip – Once Facebook opens in your browser, be sure that the URL for the site is https://facebook.com and not https://m.facebook.com. Facebook can get a little sneaky and redirect you to the mobile version of their site, even if you request the desktop site. No worries, though, just adjust the URL and the rest of your session will be on the standard Facebook desktop site.


In those browsers, just load up Facebook.com in your mobile browser and then choose the dropdown menu and check “Request Desktop Site” in either of these browsers. When this checkbox is ticked, the browser will send metadata that it is a desktop version of the browser and Facebook will respond by showing the Facebook desktop website, rather than the mobile version of the site. 

Can iPad Users View The Desktop Version Of Facebook?

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

The answer is YES. both Safari and Chrome for iOS include the optional setting to request the desktop version of the Facebook.com site. So, using the same steps, Safari and Chrome 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 SafariiPad and iPhone users can also 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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  2. Diana Morgan says

    I found the button on my brand new iPad Air but it has no effect in Chrome!

  3. Hi! You just saved me hours of frustration. I have a Samsung S4 10″ tablet. The Facebook app doesn’t handle landscape mode well. Chrome and Firefox stay in mobile mode. So… based on your input above I found the native Samsung browser and “Bingo” there is a “desktop” switch. I tried it…it works!

    Thanks very much

    • Me too! I hate the Facebook mobile look and couldn’t figure out how to get to the desktop and checked my browser and there was a box to check desktop site. I also have a Samsung S4 10″ Tablet.

  4. The part that I’m struggling with is messenger on iPad. I can get the full desktop except that part. This is a work load that doesn’t have access to the App Store. Sigh.

  5. Doesn’t work… os14 iPad 16th oct 2020

    No such button to be found in mobile view now.

    • The button is in your browser, not in Facebook. If you don’t see it in your specific browser, try using Chrome. The button exists in all recent versions of Chrome. I tested today and it still works as detailed if you make sure the url is Facebook.com and not m.Facebook.com after you make the switch.

  6. As of this week (October 2020), the full fuctionality no longer works [switching to desktop mode via Firefox on Androud phone]. No longer able to view Messenger messages wirhout downloading the app. No longer are the Settings and other info displayed at the bottom of the screen [as in PC desktop], but you must use the 3-horizontal-bars icon as though you weren’t in Android’s Firefox desktop mode.

    What that means is to see messages you must either use your computer or you must activate the Messenger app (which I refuse to do because it is a behemoth memory hog and add/private-data scrounger). Switching to desktop mode no longer provides access to FB messages.

    • I just tried and it still works if you open the site in the browser on your mobile device, choose “Desktop View” from your browser menu AND then make sure the URL is Facebook.com and not m.Facebook.com

      Hope this helps!

      –Sean

    • Yep. It worked a few days ago for me (Sunday) but no longer works now (Wednesday).

  7. Just done it! On my iPad, using Chrome, I went to the little dots at the top right and scrolled down (incidentally finding other stuff I never knew was there). Found Switch to desktop View and it seems to have worked. Thank you so much, it was driving me nuts!

  8. It does not work. I have tried in Safari and Firefox on ipad and the screen widens but desktop site doesn’t show up. I’m even having trouble on my desktop at work. You’ll open Farcebook and it will default to m.facebook.com. I’ll switch it back and it’ll do it again. This is obviously on FB’s end.

  9. I’m having (was having) the same problem from the other side…

    On my desktop, using Firefox, I always get the Mobile view on Facebook.

    If I change the URL from (https:) //m.facebook.com/[page…] to //facebook.com, or even to //www.facebook.com, it redirects back to the //m.facebook.com page.

    This is a very recent issue, within the last few days, to no more than about a week. Before that, I always used //facebook.com without a problem.

    Today (just a few minutes ago), I happened to browse to the Facebook Home page (https://facebook.com), which I almost never do. I noticed this message at the very top of the page:

    “You’re using a browser that isn’t supported by Facebook, so we’ve redirected you to a simpler version to give you the best experience.”

    I hadn’t noticed that message on other Facebook pages although I could have missed it.

  10. I missing something, but I still don’t understand how to change from m.Facebook back to facebook on my IPad Pro. I guess I need step by step. Thank you

  11. Yeah, the easiest way is to use https://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_chr which I know you know about because I read about it here. Not only do I get desktop view, but also Most Recent.

  12. There is no such button on my new Samsung tab Active 2!!! Even in advance it doesn’t show, and it will not allow me to change the URL, it blanks it and then I type in Facebook.com and it defaults to mobile still. Going crazy here

  13. November 4, 2020: Neither method works on my iPhone any longer. Even when repeatedly manually changing the url, the phone keeps reverting to the mobile site.
    I have tried about half a dozen times, and once I got the desktop version and was able to view my messages.

    Any computer wizards here that can explain why it did work the one time?

    • 11/10/20 Was frustrated when the option to force it to desktop mode was absent from my mobile web browser. It worked when I typed https://www.facebook.com/?m2w once. I quickly bookmarked it. The next time I tried, it didn’t work. I realized I had to clear the cache, the username and password. I rebooted a couple of times. opened my browser (Firefox ESR), typed in https://www,facebook.com/?m2w and it did it! I bookmarked it. Then clicked on Messenger on the left side of the page. It went to the messages. Yay! Thank you!

  14. Thank you so much! You “saved me”! 😉 I searched like an idiot to find a clue!


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