How do I view full version of a web site instead of mobile version on iPad

Many web sites have a full version and a mobile version of their content. A mobile version is optimized for small screens that let visitors easily view it on their mobile devices such as on their iPhone.

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The iPad will automatically display the mobile version of the webpage. It may be annoying to some that websites force the iPad to a mobile (and sometimes not working or unsuitable) version of the site since iPad has a large screen that makes it possible to use the full version of the site.

Mobile versions of the web sites usually have a link available at the bottom of the page letting you switch to the full version. However you may want a more permanent solution. Is there a way to change the default browser from identifying itself as iPad or mobile browser so that you can view the full version?

First off all you can not do this on iPad using Safari browser because Apple won’t allow Safari to be recognized as a desktop version. What you can do is use other alternatives to Safari to browse the web.

iCab Mobile

One alternative is iCab. iCab offers more functionality than Safari. With iCab, if you select “Safari (Mac)” as ID; iCab will identify itself as Safari browser on a Mac computer and this will let you view full version of web pages. iCab costs $1.99 and is available at app store.

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Another option is Atomic web browser. Atomic has a feature as “Identify Browser As” allowing you to set the browser to pretend to be Desktop Safari, Firefox etc. Atomic has two versions: Lite which is free and full version which is $0.99. Note that this “Identify Browser As” feature is not available in Lite version.

Atomic mobile

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There are some free alternatives also. Terra Web Browser is just one of them.



  1. Mallory says

    That explanation was enormously helpful. I noticed exactly this issue and wanted to know what my options were to elect a default web version view.

  2. Chellie says

    I downloaded Atomic successfully but how do i find identify browser as because i couldn’t find it in settings

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