Ever since iOS 7, you could ask Safari on iPhone to show you the desktop version of a website, and in iOS 9, it became even easier to do. However, it's always been a hidden feature, something you wouldn't know is there without reading articles or tips online telling you what to do. Apple's iOS 13 update shines a light on it so everyone will know it's there, ready to use.
Years ago, you'd need to tap the search field, then pull down the page to view the "Request Desktop Site" option. Then, it became easier by long-pressing the refresh icon or opening the Share sheet, then selecting the "Request Desktop Site" option. Now, the option is built into the new website viewing menu in iOS 13, which you can easily access as we'll show you below.
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To access the setting, first head to the mobile site that you'd want to switch to its desktop view, then tap on the "AA" icon in the left of the search field. From there, tap "Request Desktop Website" on the pop-up menu, and the site will instantly show up in its desktop format — provided it has a supported desktop version.
As a temporary setting, the webpage in question will stay in its desktop version for as long as you keep the tab open. Once you've closed the tab, the site will revert to its mobile format the next time you visit it. Force-closing Safari will also revert the website to its mobile version, even if you left the tab open.
Additionally, you can manually switch back to a mobile view of a website by tapping "AA" again and selecting "Request Mobile Website." Yes, Apple has finally added that wordage, when before you would still have to select "Desktop" to go back to a mobile site view.
Safari in iOS 13 also gives you the ability to force specific websites to default to desktop mode. The process is also just as simple to pull off, and it can even be done for multiple websites to give you more control. If you'd like to learn more, be sure to check out our coverage below.
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