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With the rate at which smartphones are getting released these days, websites have started to come in 2 versions – a complete-desktop version and a version for your mobile phones and tablets. The mobile site versions are basically the simple content, and they do not offer the functionality you will get in a full-screen environment, like being able to zoom in and out on posts, images and other vital aspects of the page. Websites now make use of responsive or adaptive web design, letting the webpage alter itself to suit screens of any size as it displays content in a decent layout.

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However, mobile websites, most times, will restrict you. Most of these sites will keep some functionalities hidden in their desktop versions, restricting what users on their mobile phones can view or perform as they browse the website. Although the reason these site owners resort to this is because they want to ensure usability and smoothness for mobile users is retained, but it can keep power users clueless when they search for some options in particular on their favorite websites. This can be massively annoying when the main reason for heading to a website is to make use of a precise feature, but as a mobile user, you cannot have your way.

Facebook does this as well. Even if their mobile application on iOS and Android mainly features identical capabilities like the desktop version, lots of people fancy accessing the social network on their mobile devices to ensure room on their phone’s internal storage are saved or just to stay away from the frustrating design of the Facebook mobile application. It is common knowledge that Facebook likes taking up lots of space, battery, and memory on your smartphone, and the mobile website can be a quicker or simpler means of accessing your social feed as you move.

Sadly, Facebook’s mobile browser site is very much restricted than the application as regards capabilities. Facebook will not allow you make use of Messenger on the mobile browser, and will rather force you install another standalone application (even if we must admit that the mobile Messenger application is great.) Modifying your settings or keeping posts away from your news feed can be exasperating. If you are tired with every restriction on the Facebook mobile site, or if you intend to alter a setting you are not allow to change from your mobile, this article can help. Android and iOS let you to quickly change between Facebook’s mobile and desktop versions of the website with one option. You are even allowed to bookmark the desktop version so you can make use of it anytime you want.

Lemme expatiate on what needs to be done to enjoy the complete desktop version of Facebook right away, straight from your iPhone or Android. Loading the desktop site on your mobile device can be achieved via a couple of ways. One. you will need to type in a particular web address to your Chrome, Safari browser and so on, and it can be achieved on all phones, irrespective of the OS involved.

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Step One

To start, get into your web browser and click the URL bar. Your device’s keyboard would extend. This is where you need to enter the following link into the URL bar – www.facebook.com/home.php.

If you have logged into your FB account on your mobile browser in the past, the FB desktop version will most likely load on your screen, with a complete, multi-column zoomed-out display.

If you have never logged into your FB account on your mobile browser, or you got logged out, you will be redirected to the login screen. Simply log into your account and expect to be redirected to either the mobile web version or the Facebook application on your smartphone. Do not be bothered. Simply clear the tab or close the application and go back to your browser. Enter www.facebook.com/home.php into your device’s URL bar, and you will be taken to the desktop version of the page after logging in correctly.

Here, we advice that you bookmark the “home.php” link in case you want to use it in future. You need to precisely inform your phone to load this homepage; if you only enter “facebook.com” into your browser, loading the mobile version of Facebook will still be required. By adding “home.php” to your link, the desktop version will be loaded always, as long as you are logged into FB already on your browser.

This step comes with a huge problem, though. Facebook does not like the idea of you using the complete version on your smartphone. This is a site that frowns when you use the mobile website rather than their application. Therefore, whenever you click a link or UI element, Facebook will instantly load the mobile version. So, this step might only be useful for checking out the front page of your Facebook feed.

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2nd Step

Luckily for you, overriding Facebook’s command of revealing just one specific version can be done, and this is possible because you are in charge of your browser, at least at the moment. Google Chrome and Safari, on Android and iOS will allow you to see web pages in their complete desktop view. Lemme break down their platform settings.

Android

Are you an Android user? Begin by accessing your web browser. All Android phones use Google Chrome, but if you make use of a 3rd-party or different browser, the option is most likely identical in the settings of that browser, so we are good.

Begin by accessing Facebook within your browser. Forget about the “home.php” version written about earlier, rather, load the regular mobile website. If you are not logged in, do that. Like i said before, if you notice the browser takes you to the mobile app after signing in, simply reload the page within the browser.

As soon as the mobile version of your page is done loading, click the 3-dotted menu button on Google Chrome’s URL bar. Down the menu list, close to it, an option named “Request desktop site,” will be visible alongside the checkbox beside it. Tap it and the checkbox will be marked automatically, then the menu list will close itself while your page reloads. Google Chrome might bring up your locating settings, if that is the case, allowing or denying is totally up to you. When you are done with this prompt, the desktop version of Facebook will be visible on your web browser. You will then be able to view your messages, alter your settings, simply put, do and undo.

To go back to the mobile website, simply click 3-dotted menu icon once more and unmark “Request desktop site,” like you did before. The page automatically returns you to mobile view. And this can be done at anytime and anywhere.

iOS

This is identical to the one for Android. But it involves another button layout. Start by loading Facebook for mobile, like we said with Android. If you are logged out, type in your information and credentials. As soon as the mobile website loads, click “Share” on the bottom taskbar on your Safari browser.

Plus the normal sharing options, you will also receive extra menu icons, which includes Print, Find on Page, and “Request Desktop Site.” Same as Chrome, click it. The page will reload itself and the desktop version of Facebook will become visible on your iPhone, iPad and so on.

If you are tired of the desktop site, make use of the “Request Mobile Site” option in Settings to go back to the regular Facebook for mobile.


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