Requesting a Desktop Site in Mobile Safari

Requesting a Desktop Site in Mobile Safari

Google has recently changed how its webpage appears on iPads. Instead of giving the full, desktop version of its site, it now serves up the mobile version. While increasing loading speed, it unfortunately eliminated several search filter features that students and staff have relied upon. Fortunately, there is a quick and easy way to request the desktop version of Google!

Directions for iOS 8 and Earlierios8RequestDesktop

To request a desktop site on an iOS device running iOS 8 and earlier, first navigate to the page you would like to view.

Then, tap on the address bar. At the top of the address bar (you will need to swipe down to scroll up) is an option to request the desktop version of that site.

If your searching Google for images, this will give you full access to Google’s search filters.

Directions for iOS 9 and Later

IMG_0013To request a desktop site on an iOS device running iOS 9 and later, first navigate to the page you would like to view.

Then, tap on the reload button located in the address bar. One of the options presented to you is ‘Request Desktop Site’. Click that and the full site will reload.

If your searching Google for images, this will give you full access to Google’s search filters.