If you use an iPhone or iPad, you might have noticed that when you visit certain websites you won’t be able to view the normal version or the real version of the website that you would see if accessed from your computer. In short, you are being presented with a mobile version of the actual website. Most of the websites usually have an option to switch to the normal or the real version of the website. However, there are some websites that don’t present you with an option to switch to ‘normal version’.
Why does this happen? How to view the normal version (non- mobile)?
Whenever you view a website on your iPhone or iPad, the website detects the device through which the website is accessed and hence you get to see a mobile version of the website!
The first solution would be; searching for a desktop version, normal version or non- mobile version link on the website. If it doesn’t have then you need to make the website believe that you are accessing it from a computer and not a mobile phone. For this purpose, you need to use an alternative browser and not Safari! I would recommend using iCab mobile or Atomic browser. You can find these in App store. iCab mobile is priced at GBP 1.49. However, Atomic Lite is free.
Safari browser on the iPhone and iPad is undoubtedly user friendly and fast but lacks many features. I feel it’s far too simple and lacks many important features. For this very purpose I had couple of browsers installed on my iPhone 4. I discovered that iCab mobile browser is capable of opening the normal version of any website even though there is not option on the webpage to display a normal version.
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