Article ID : 00015352 / Last Modified : 03/18/2013

How to make the browser load the desktop computer version of web sites instead of the mobile version.

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The browser will identify the tablet as an Android device, as opposed to Android Mobile, as a smart phone device would be identified. This is meant as a way for web sites to differentiate between large-screen and small-screen Android devices and then respond with the appropriate content. The problem is that most web sites have not implemented support for the two different settings. This means that both an Android identified device and an Android Mobile identified device are currently being treated in the same manner. The result of this is that you will frequently end up getting the limited-function mobile version of a web site instead of the more desirable full desktop version.

To override the default setting and force the browser to always display the full desktop version of a web site, follow this process.

  1. On the desktop, tap the Home icon.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the desktop home screen, tap the Apps icon.
  3. In the Apps screen, tap the Browser icon. Image
  4. In the Browser screen, tap the address bar and use the on-screen keyboard to type about:debug, and then tap the Enter key. Image
  5. In the top-right corner of the screen, tap the Menu icon (it looks like four horizontal lines) then tap to select Settings. Image
  6. In the Settings screen, tap Debug. Image
  7. On the right side of the screen, under Debug, tap UAString. Image
  8. In the UAString screen, tap Desktop. Image
  9. In the very bottom-left corner of the screen, tap the Back (Previous) icon to exit the Settings screen.
  10. In the Browser screen, tap the address bar and use the on-screen keyboard to type about:debug, and then tap the Enter key. This will disable the debug mode and return the browser to its normal state.

Now any web site you visit should be displayed in the full desktop version instead of the mobile version. The only exception to this will be web sites that are only written in a mobile version.