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