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How to Avoid Mobile Web Sites?

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by RAC, Dec 25, 2010.

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    More and more I find that the iPad diverts to mobile versions of web sites.

    Is there way to turn the "feature" off?

    Thanks.
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    Heh Heh

    Yes!


    Just use a different browser, I have a dozen on the iPad -why don't you?

    Some are much faster than Safari.
    Others can make web sites believe you are hitting them from dozens of different kinds of desktop browsers just like a sophisticated desktop browser with user options.

    Ad blocking?

    My 64GB iPad has currently 900 apps in 24 GB!
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    Nop.
    No mistake.
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    It is 4phun with 900 apps

    I swore I would never have anymore than I can use on a regular basis. But I just counted 97 apps including the 12 that came with the iPad. I would admit that I have 22 apps in a reject folder that I keep to remind me that I bought them but they were not as I expected.
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    It is not a feature you can "turn off". The version of Safari that comes with the iPad has what is called a "user agent" that tells the website what kind of device you are using. This is why I use the Atomic browser. You can change it to where the websites think you are using a non-mobile version of Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer.
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    Last edited: Dec 25, 2010
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    Thanks, that's what I wanted to know.
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    What I meant was, I was not the person who said they had 900 Apps.
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    umm...yeah it was.;)
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    It looks like the answer is to avoid Safari and use Atomic Browser which allows you to control how it identifies itself to web site.
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    I downloaded Atom and then didn't bother with it, sticking with Safari. Are there good reasons for me to try Atom again?
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    As I listed in a separate thread:-

    1. The option to identify itself as a desktop browser, so you don't get diverted to the mobile versions of some web sites.

    2. The availability of tabs, which I like much better than Safari's Most Recent 9 feature.

    3. I like the VGA output, although AirPlay (video) would be even better.

    4. It is said to be faster, although I don't think dramatically so.

    If none on the above interest you, stay with Safari. I changed mainly because of the first two.
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    Atomic browser is buggy on many forums. Using the Reply button to reply to posts fails to bring up the keyboard, you have to use the Quick Reply instead if those forums have it. On other forums, the Atomic back button often just keeps reloading the page you are on.
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    Tweak those mobile sites away

    Jail broken devices can install "user agent faker" from cydia. Adjust in settings and make those mobile sites go away.
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    Another tip is to check the website to see if there is a desktop version. A lot of sites if you scroll to the bottom of the site will have a desktop link that will allow you to see the site non mobile.
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    Or you can try other apps like puffin, downloads hd or skyfire

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