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 viewing Facebook 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 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, so I set out to find a way to view the Facebook desktop site 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 Facebook version of their 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 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.com on tablet or mobie 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.

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. 

But what about iPad users?

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!


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