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

ipsedixit Oct 28, 2013 01:01 PM

If so, please tell me.

If not, please explain why.

Thank you.

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    DeppityDawg Oct 30, 2013 07:42 AM

    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.

    1. Silverjay Oct 28, 2013 01:59 PM

      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
        iL Divo Oct 29, 2013 06:07 PM

        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
          Silverjay Oct 30, 2013 07:09 AM

          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
            PeterCC Oct 30, 2013 03:10 PM

            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)

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