[SOLVED] 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. If you want to be able to access the Twitter desktop view on your phone or tablet, please be sure to read ALL THE WAY to the end! I will continue adding new tips as I come across them. 

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 access the www.twitter.com mobile version of the site 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 Twitter desktop version since it offers a lot more functionality.

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When it comes to features, the desktop version of Twitter 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 of Twitter on Safari.

So, I’ll just click the link to switch over to the desktop view, right? Wrong! The Twitter mobile User Interface doesn’t offer a link to the desktop view when viewed on the iPad via Safari. Grr!

How on Earth do I view the desktop view of Twitter on my tablet?!? Here's how. Click To Tweet

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

iPad switch Twitter mobile desktop – Nope. No solution.

iPad change Twitter desktop view – Nope. Nothing there either.

iPad Safari switch Twitter view – No help.

iPad switch between standard and mobile Twitter – Nada.

iPad change view Twitter standard mobile – Still nothing. There has to be a solution.

iPad change from Twitter mobile to desktop – Nope. Ok…officially frustrated.

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.

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.

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.

WAIT! Before You Go Any Further, Twitter Has Turned Off The Capabilities In The Next Steps. I’m Keeping It In The Post For Posterity, Or In Case They Turn It Back On. Go To The NEXT Set Of Steps To See How To Switch Your UI

Method Number 1 – DON’T USE THIS ANYMORE!!

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!

Method Number 2 – USE THIS METHOD!

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

2) In your browser, click the menu icon. Below is an example of what the menu looks like in the Chrome mobile browser.

3) From the menu, choose “Request Desktop Site”. Your browser should now switch you over to the desktop version of Twitter.

NOTE: To switch back to the mobile view, just click the menu icon again and choose “Request mobile site”.

Switching Twitter from mobile to desktop view on the Chrome mobile browserSwitching Twitter from mobile to desktop view on the Chrome mobile browser is as simple as just requesting the desktop site from the menu.

Viewing Twitter in desktop mode on a tablet is possible. Here are the steps to make it happen. Click To Tweet

By asking Safari to display the desktop version of the site, you get the best of both worlds. You get to use your tablet AND you get to use the desktop version of Twitter.

I hope this saves someone else time and frustration. If you know of a better way to display the desktop view of Twitter on your mobile device like an iPad or Android tablet be sure to share your tip in a comment. Other will definitely appreciate your help!



UPDATE 1: I have had a lot of questions asked about whether this same fix works for Android phones like the Galaxy  and on Android-based tablets like the ASUS Transformer. The great news is YES, I have tested this exact same process on both the Apple iPad and the Android tablet to make sure that it works. I also tested it on my Samsung Galaxy smart phone and method #2 works there, as well.

UPDATE 2: Several folks have asked me what I consider to be the best twitter app for iPad. Honestly, I would still have to go with Hootsuite. The ability to create custom columns that store data like hashtags and saved searches still sets Hootsuite apart from most other iPad Twitter apps. If you haven’t tried Hootsuite, I would definitely give it a try.

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  1. 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.

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  3. John Chester says

    Thank you! Works great from my Samsung Note Pro 12.2 tablet. Full version so much better with full options that aren’t present on the Web mobile or tablet apps. No delay for me whatsoever with full desktop version running Chrome 39 w/Android 4.4.2. ☺

  4. I found this URL thing elsewhere but it was HTTP and works the same. But… Now I can not switch back to the MOBILE site! When I try the MOBILE site it starts to load then says “something went wrong”.

    Twitter used to have a FULL site option in the settings menu but it is now gone.

    Really SUCKS having to use a PHONE site on a TABLET! Developers seem to think ALL Android Tablets & iPads are Phones!

    And that DESKTOP VIEW option in Browsers does NOTHING anymore. WHY??? Because THEY like changing the change & making us upgrade, Upgrade, UPGRADE!!!

    Oh well, I’m pretty much done with Twitter & FaceBook’s censoring & filtering of content. I go straight to the source now & don’t even mess with them anymore!

  5. Thank you! It worked for my Samsung Tab Pro ☺

  6. poniesinjudah says

    Getting chrome doesn’t really work if you want to be able to go from your emails straight to Twitter to reply. Do you have any idea why Twitter did this? Or if this is temporary and they’re going to let us have the desktop site on tablets again? As one of the older comments on this thread says they seem to think that tablets are phones. The boneheads. The Twitter mobile site isn’t even reactive/stretchy.

  7. I just figured out how to do it on iPhone. When you bring up the mobile version, just click in the url (address field) at the top and you will see your bookmark. Then, just swipe down on the bookmarks and you will see an option for Request Desktop Site. Just click on it and you will be switched. You may have to refresh the screen if it doesn’t come up immediately.

    Hope this helps,
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  8. keep learning says

    I have an apple desktop which I have had for a number of years. I operate Safari OS X 6.2.8. I always have used, and like, the desktop version of twitter. All of a sudden, beginning on Dec 2nd, it only will bring up the mobile version of twitter. I have tried many things to no avail. Any help?

  9. Leslie Crosbie says

    What about wii u? I cant get it back to desk top its driving me crazy [email protected]

  10. Shirley Brown says

    I want to see the desktop view on my desktop, but for some reason Twitter has given me the mobile view; I’m not aware of having made such a change, myself. I don’t have Safari but Google Chrome, and so I tried hard but your solution does not work for me. Any suggestions?

    • Sean R. Nicholson says

      Hi Shirley. It sounds like Chrome has gotten stuck in mobile view. Try this.
      1) In your desktop view of Chrome, right-click anywhere on the page and choose “Inspect” from the menu that pops up.
      2) A sidebar is going to open with a lot of technical code. Don’t worry, that’s okay.
      3) Look for a small icon at the top of that sidebar that looks like a mobile phone on top of a tablet. It’s usually at the very top-left.
      4) Click that icon and see if it switches your view back to the desktop view. You might have to click back a forth a couple times.

      I hope that helps, let me know if it doesn’t.


  11. That simply doesn’t work
    nor does the uodate

    • Sean R. Nicholson says

      Hi Wilbur, It looks like Twitter has made a change. I added second method to accomplish the change to the bottom of the post. I hope it helps!


    • Please help – my twitter has gone into mobile mode from both firefox and edge its crazy and I can’t get it back to standard please help- don’t see anything under settings in twitter can’t get it back.

  12. nice tips. There is a lot of helpful information! Thanks for this awesome post.

  13. nice tips. There is a lot of helpful information! Thanks for this awesome post.

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