Many users want the full experience when accessing different websites through an Android mobile device or iPhone. However, most of the websites display a mobile version for users, which means that some important features might be missing.
Facebook has become one of the best and easiest ways to connect with family and friends, and according to statistics, more than 70% of adults who access the Internet today have a Facebook account. Now that almost anyone in the world owns a cell phone, it’s completely understandable why nearly 80% of social media time is spent on mobile devices. However, trying to access the full version of the Facebook app on your mobile can be really frustrating. If you try to access Facebook through your mobile phone, it will automatically redirect you to its mobile version. In order to provide a better user interface on a smaller screen and to reduce bandwidth, developers have made Facebook responsive according to the device you’re using.
The problem with this supposedly ideal solution is that most of the people are not using a high-speed Internet connection or very fast devices. Therefore, they won’t be able to operate the desktop version of Facebook properly. That’s why the company launched Facebook Lite, which is a lighter version that uses fewer data and works in almost all network conditions, and now has more than 200 million users. Regardless, sometimes you would rather use the old and familiar desktop site that has all the features you need and know exactly where they are. So, if you’re wondering “How do I get desktop Facebook on my phone?”, here are a few quick and simple ways to access Facebook full desktop site on your Android and iPhone.
Using a Direct URL Link
This is one of the easiest and simplest methods to load the Facebook full desktop website on your Android or iPhone. If you’re not using Chrome/Safari browser, then you can use this universal method to access the desktop version on your mobile phone. Just open your browser and log in to your Facebook account. Then in the URL bar enter the following address – http://www.facebook.com/home.php. If you add “www” in front of Facebook, you can see the full version on any mobile device. You can also do the opposite – log in first and then use the URL. We recommend that you bookmark the link shown above so that you’ll be able to open it in one click every time you want to access the desktop version.
Using Browser Request
Many mobile browsers have a functionality to open a desktop version of any website you are surfing. For example, if you’re a Google Chrome user, just open Facebook on your browser and click the three vertical dots on the top right corner. Then select “Request Desktop Site” from the menu and type Facebook.com in the address bar. If you’re using another browser, there might be some changes, and this particular procedure is only for Chrome users. Keep in mind that sometimes this method won’t work, because it’s up to Facebook whether they want to accept your request for a desktop website or not.
Using Facebook Desktop Site Feature
This is another good method if you want to access Facebook desktop version on your mobile phone. Open your browser (whatever you’re using) and then visit http://m.facebook.com/. Then fill your login information, click on the menu on the top right corner and scroll down to the end of the menu. You will find a desktop site option there – simply click on this and enjoy the desktop view with all the commodities you’re used to.
For Safari Users
If you’re using the Safari browser, you have other option to request the desktop version of Facebook. This is built into every mobile browser to allow an easy switch from mobile version to a desktop version. Just open your browser and go to Facebook.com – you will be redirected directly to the mobile version. However, before or after you log into your account, tap on the share button and select “Request Desktop Site”. This should give you the full desktop version of Facebook on your iPhone or iPad device.
Tips and Tricks
- It is always advisable to rotate your screen while accessing the desktop site on your mobile device. Landscape mode will give a better preview of images, text and other media on the website.
- Consider bookmarking the URL that takes you directly to the Facebook desktop site. It can be really irritating to enter into your address bar every time you want to log in, so bookmark the specific URL for later use.
- Log out once you’re finished. Facebook is capable of using a metric ton of data, and if you’re constantly connected to a reliable Wi-Fi service, you definitely don’t want it eating away at your data plan every time you open your browser. So, click on Facebook logout button once you’re finished and close the tab within your browser.
- And if you don’t have an account on Facebook, sign up for one in a few easy steps. Just enter your name, birthday, gender and email address and then pick a password. After you complete the signup form, Facebook will send you an email to the address you provided and you will need to click the confirmation link to complete the process.