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Is there a way to view the full (i.e. desktop) site on a mobile device?

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If so, please tell me.

If not, please explain why.

Thank you.

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  1. On stock Android and Firefox browsers, it's just an option you select in the browser settings menu. I use the full desktop site for both mobile and tablet viewing...I don't know about Safari or whatever Windows Mobile uses though.

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    1. re: Silverjay

      I can't get the full desktop using my iphone and it's safari.
      not sure about husbands phone android, I never use his to open CH

      1. re: iL Divo

        Have you tried manually entering in the desktop URL and then bookmarking that? If it doesn't work and sends you directly to the mobile version, you probably need to use another browser like Firefox or Chrome. Not sure if they are available in the Apple universe...

        1. re: Silverjay

          The URLs are the same. There's no m.chowhound.chow.com or equivalent as far as I can tell. The site must detect the User Agent for the browser visiting it, and if it's detected as a mobile browser, then it serves the mobile version.

          I tried viewing http://chowhound.chow.com/ in these free browsers in iOS 7 on an iPhone 5:

          * Chrome - shows mobile layout (cannot change User Agent as far as I can tell)

          * Puffin Free - shows desktop layout (can change User Agent between Desktop and iPhone in Settings)

          * Atomic Lite - shows mobile layout (cannot change User Agent as far as I can tell)

          * Mercury Web Browser - shows desktop layout (can choose from among 11 User Agents, including various versions of IE, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera--impressive)

    2. If you're on an Apple device, you can download a different browser that offers more options than mobile Safari. For example, Atomic or iCab or Puffin. (I just tried it successfully with Puffin, which is free.)

      That is, if Chowhound doesn't provide a site-specific solution, which they should.