How to view the desktop version of any site on mobile devices

Sites that implement mobile responsive design allow you to easily access a mobile-optimized version of their sites. Almost all modern websites do this.


But sometimes, you may need to view or use the desktop version of a site. If so, what can you do, especially if your computer is miles away?

Thankfully, there’s a handy setting that lets you view and access the original desktop version of any website on your mobile phone. In this article, we’ll show you how to switch to desktop view while using your favorite Chromium-based mobile browser.


How to enable and disable desktop view on Chrome Mobile browser

Enabling desktop view on the Chrome mobile browser is simple and can be done in two ways. You can set desktop view as the default for all sites or for the site you visit.

How to enable desktop view for all sites in the Chrome Mobile browser

To set desktop view as the default for all sites:

  1. Open Chrome on your phone.
  2. Tap the three dots button in the top right corner.
  3. Scroll down and tap Settings.
  4. Scroll down and tap Site settings.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the menu options and tap desktop site.
  6. Now, turn on the desktop site change, and you’re good to go.

How to enable desktop view for specific sites in the Chrome Mobile browser

Here’s how to switch between mobile and desktop views on Chrome.

  1. Launch Chrome.
  2. Go to the site you want to view in desktop mode.
  3. Touch the three points menu button in the upper right corner.
  4. Scroll down the menu options and tap the desktop site box.

The site will reload in desktop view. To return to mobile view, simply tap the three points the menu button again and deselect the desktop site box. We have explained how to use Google Chrome as a student.

How to enable and disable desktop view on Edge Mobile Browser

You can also access the desktop view in the Microsoft Edge browser. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Launch the Edge browser on your phone.
  2. Touch the three points menu button at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Touch Settings.
  4. From the menu options, tap General.
  5. Touch Site display settings.
  6. To select Show desktop site as default. Upon exiting, the page will restart and you can continue browsing in desktop mode.

To restore the floating view, simply repeat steps 1 to 5 above and select Show mobile site as default.

How to enable and disable desktop view on Firefox Mobile browser

There is currently no option to enable desktop view for all websites in the Firefox mobile browser. To enable desktop view for a specific website instead:

  1. Open Firefox on your mobile device.
  2. From the Firefox home page or website you want to view in desktop mode, tap the three-dot button in the top right corner.
  3. Go down in the menu options and activate the desktop site toggle switch. The site will reload in desktop view.

To restore the mobile view, simply reverse the previous steps and you will return to normal view.

How to enable and disable desktop view on Brave Mobile

If you’re using the Brave browser, you can also easily switch between mobile and desktop views. You can also set desktop view as the default view mode.

How to enable desktop view for all sites in Brave Mobile

Here’s how to set desktop view as the default for all websites:

  1. Launch the Brave mobile browser.
  2. Tap the three dots menu button in the bottom right corner.
  3. Touch Settings.
  4. Scroll down and tap Site settings.
  5. Scroll to the bottom and tap desktop site.
  6. Activate the desktop site switch.

How to enable desktop view for specific websites on Brave Mobile

To enable desktop view for a particular site in Brave:

  1. Open the Brave browser on your device.
  2. Touch the three-point button in the lower right corner of the screen.
  3. Scroll down to the menu options and tap the desktop site check box. The site will automatically reload in desktop view.

To return to the mobile view, simply reverse the steps described above. We have explained the reasons for switching from Chrome to Brave.

How to enable and disable desktop display on Vivaldi Mobile

There are two ways to enable desktop view on Vivaldi. You can do this from the Vivaldi Home Page or from the site you want to view in desktop mode.

How to enable desktop view for all sites on Vivaldi Mobile

To open Vivaldi in desktop mode from the home page:

  1. Open your Vivaldi mobile browser.
  2. If you don’t land on the First page By default, simply tap the Home icon. It will take you to the Vivaldi homepage.
  3. Touch the V. menu button in the upper right corner.
  4. From the menu options, tap Settings.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the Web pages section and enable the Always show desktop site toggle switch.

This will set the desktop view as the default website view setting in Vivaldi.

How to enable desktop view for specific websites on Vivaldi Mobile

If you want to view a certain website on Vivaldi in desktop view, do the following:

  1. Open Vivaldi on your mobile.
  2. Go to the specific website you want to view in desktop mode.
  3. Touch the V. menu button in the upper right corner.
  4. Scroll down the menu options and check the desktop site check box. The site will automatically reload in desktop mode.

With this option, you can view different tabs in different website view modes, some in desktop view and others in mobile view.

Regardless of the preferred method, disabling desktop view is the same procedure. It is also quick and easy. To do this, simply tap on the V menu button, scroll down and deselect the desktop site check box.

How to enable and disable desktop view on Opera Mobile

It is also easy to enable desktop view on the Opera browser. Just like Vivaldi, you can do this in two ways; via the home page or from any website.

How to enable desktop view for all sites on Opera Mobile

Here’s how to enable desktop view for all sites in Opera:

  1. Open Opera on your mobile device.
  2. Tap yours profile picture in the lower right corner of the screen.
  3. Touch the gear icon settings.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the content section and tap Default user agent.
  5. To select desktop.

Once you log out, all sites will now be displayed in desktop view by default.

How to enable desktop view for specific websites on Opera Mobile

To enable desktop view for any website:

  1. Launch Opera.
  2. Touch the three points menu button in the upper right corner.
  3. Scroll down the menu options and tap the desktop site switch.

To restore the original floating view for any of these options, simply tap the menu button with three dots in the top right corner and turn off desktop site switch.

Enjoy any view, anywhere, anytime

With this knowledge, you can now easily switch between mobile and desktop views while browsing your favorite websites. All the methods described above work for Android and iOS, where the respective browsers are available.

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