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How to View Full Desktop Site on Chrome Android Phone?

Mobile Responsive View is adopted by most websites so that the users can view the entire page properly on their android phones without compromising the screen size or anything else on the site. However, you can switch to the desktop site on Chrome Android. Go to the settings of Chrome and select the checkbox next to the Desktop site.

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.

How to Enable Desktop Site in Chrome Android?

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 in chrome Android:

  1. Launch the Chrome browser on Android.
  2. Open any website that you want to view in desktop mode.
  3. Tap onvertical 3dots icon the 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 on Setting Desktop Site on Chrome Android

Here is a quick video demo on enabling the google desktop view mode on Chrome Android mobile. We can view the site on a desktop or mobile phone.

How to View Full Desktop Site on Chrome Android Phone?

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Bottom Line: Chrome Android Desktop View

You can experience the full desktop site view on chrome android by enabling the desktop view. The desktop view will be loaded on the small screen automatically when you try to load the site on the chrome android browser.

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. Thanks to the desktop view mode on chrome. It made my work easier!

Similarly, you can enable the mobile site view on a chrome computer 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.

F.A.Qs: Desktop View on Chrome Android

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, you need to open the chrome browser and tap on the three dots. There you will find “desktop site” select the checkbox at the side of 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. There you need to select the checkbox present on the side of the “desktop site”. 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.

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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20 thoughts on “How to View Full Desktop Site on Chrome Android Phone?”

  1. You can enable desktop view but you are still getting a mobile version. It will not look like the real version on a computer and most often will not funtion properly.

    1. It depends on site to site. Say suppose Twitter. If you access Twitter on Chrome Android, it will have the mobile site layout. However, if you request for Desktop Site View, Twitter will load as it looks on the desktop version.

      The same applies to other major sites where they’ve different layout of desktop and mobile. And Request Desktop Site on Chrome Android mobile makes it quite easier.

  2. This is just a rehash of old pre 2020 instructions and only works on 10 to 20 % of sites. Since the last two updates of chrome (Sep/Oct 2020) on android this rarely works if ever, particularly on tablets. e.g. facebook.

  3. Is there a way to open all my tabs that I have saved in Chrome on my desktop, on my Android device. So basically I’m looking at my Chrome tabs on my computer on my phone or my Android tablet. I’m not finding way to do it

    1. Hi Dennis, of course, you can use the chrome bookmarking feature that automatically sync the saved links between Chrome Android and Chrome computer. Alternatively, you can also use the Send to Chrome Devices feature that instantly send the links between devices. However, please note that you need to sign-in with same Google account on both devices to make this feature work seamlessly. Let me know if you’ve any other questions.

  4. How do I turn it off PERMANENTLY! Everything is too small when using it. I have to keep unchecking it. I hate it!

  5. It worked well on twitter until today(2021.08.13)
    I found my desktop option in chrome app not working on
    Now it forces me go to even I try it on incognito mode…

  6. This doesn’t work with any responsive sites that actually make decisions on screen layout based on the screen size, and not the desktop/mobile setting. Its frustrating as there is no way to get the same user experience given you can’t set the screensize on a mobile.
    Even on a desktop if you reduce the screen realestate the layout changes to how it looks on a tablet or phone if you make the windows small enough.

    1. “#enable-accessibility-page-zoom” flag is now available in Android Chrome browsers which solves these anoying problems completely, it adds a “Zoom” toggle slider to the 3 dot menu just under “Desktop site” which completely resizes the browser screen size/DPI.

  7. Hello,
    Thank you for the helpful information. However, I am confused regarding what I it best for my android? Desk top mode or mobile?
    On Chrome I can go to the three dots & click desktop view if desired.
    The confusion is to turn on request desktop view in settings by turning it on but I may not want it all the time so should I just leave it turned off & click the three dots to click desktop view when desired?
    I hope I explained my question so you can understand what I am asking!
    Thank you for your help!
    Have a beautiful day!

    1. Hi Michael, most of the websites (including us) offer a different layout for different screen sizes. It’s the same site but changes based on the screen resolution, and it’s known as responsive web design.

      Answering your question (correct me if I am wrong!) – It’s a good idea to keep the mobile layout on the smartphone rather than the desktop view all time. The font sizes and images on the mobile screen are often squeezed when using the desktop mode, which makes the mobile site view apt for mobile resolution. As you mentioned, you can turn it on and off when you desire.

      Hope this helps!

  8. For those who constantly say to use the desktop function of chrome, I have the impression that you have never done it yourself. So, do this test to convince yourself that it’s crap: Open Gmail in destop mode on your android smartphone and try to add labels and sub-labels to a label. The menu is simply not offered. (note that on android tablet this is possible). According to Gmail, the solution is to go to a pc each time you want to classify an email. What the fuck… today a lot of people don’t even have a PC. And even if it is, it’s ridiculous not to have all the functions on an android application like on PC.

  9. I tried several browsers on my android. It is as said above. The sites (developers) recognize it’s a mobile and forces a mobile site. But a lot of sites exclude menus, buttons and what not… in their mobile sites. MySolarEdge…. pc for changing energy price. Shell recharge…. pc for changing anything re. loading pass, your home loading dock etc. Twitter Library….only on pc. Etc etc etc etc.

    We will just swipe our way thru the screen, as long as we can get things done without pc

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