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View Desktop Site layout in Google Chrome on Android

Are you unable to view the desktop site properly in Google Chrome on your Android phone screen? Learn how to switch to the full desktop site mode.

Mobile responsive design sites are adopted by most websites so that the users can view the entire page on their smartphone without compromise. However, you can switch to the Desktop site on Chrome for Android to view the full desktop layout. Go to the Chrome browser menu options and select the Desktop site option from the list.

View Mobile and Desktop Site Mode on Chrome browser

Whenever I try to fill out a form or want to read tabular data, the edges always get hidden on the mobile. The screen automatically cuts the website width higher than the screen resolution. Hence, the only option is to view the desktop layout on a mobile screen.

The mobile responsive view or site is always preferred on the mobile phone. However, due to the limited screen size, we often miss all the elements and menus on the mobile that are available on the desktop top.

There are still some old sites typically designed to view only on desktops, but when we open them on mobile, the elements and screens are cropped. We can neither zoom out nor view in rotation.

Sometimes I have to go through websites on my phone due to a lack of a laptop at that very moment. At times like these, some websites that are supposed to be desktop sites misbehave. It makes browsing extremely difficult and problematic.

Hence, to avoid these issues, we can request a desktop view in Chrome to load the site in full desktop view without compromising the screen size.

Enable Desktop Site

The desktop site view helps view all hidden menus and options, just like we see on the desktop. The font size and elements might look smaller since we are visiting a desktop site on a mobile phone. Here are the steps to view the desktop site:

  1. Launch the Chrome browser on Android.
  2. Open any website that you want to view in desktop mode.
  3. Tap on the More vertical 3dots icon menu options.
  4. Select the checkbox against the Desktop site.
    View Desktop Site in Chrome Android Mobile
  5. The page will automatically reload and display the desktop site view on the mobile phone.
Desktop Site View of BrowserHow on Chrome Android

If you want to switch back to the original mobile view, then undo the checkbox on step #4. The page will reload, and you will see the mobile site view.

Video Demo

Here is a quick video demo on enabling the desktop view mode on Chrome Android mobile.

How to View Full Desktop Site on Chrome Android Phone?

Bottom Line

You can experience the full desktop site view on Chrome Android by enabling the desktop view. The desktop view will automatically load on the small screen when you try to load the site.

The desktop view helped me browse the desktop sites, even on my phone, without difficulties. Even on the go, I could do my work without worry.

Similarly, you can enable the mobile site view on a computer browser to view the responsive website layout.

Do you use the desktop site view on mobile devices? Why do you use it? And how do you feel about it? Let us know about your views in the comment section below.


We have listed some of the frequently asked questions related to desktop view on Chrome for Android browser:

How to view the full desktop site in Chrome Android?

To view the full desktop site in Chrome Android, open the browser and tap on the three dots. You will find “desktop site”, enable the checkbox for it.

What are the steps to view the desktop view in Chrome Browser on Android Phones?

Open Chrome browser and click on the three dots at the top right corner. You need to select the checkbox on the “desktop site” side. It will enable the desktop view in the Chrome Browser.

Can I change the mobile view to the desktop view in Chrome Android?

You can change the mobile view to the desktop view in Chrome Android.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and creating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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