Safari reporting as a desktop browser

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    I use safari on my Ipad 3. But it always brings up the mobile version of the browser page.

    Is there a way to always have safari load the desktop version?
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    No, there is no way with Safari. However, there are a couple of App Store browsers that can be set to ID themselves as desktop browsers. Two that come immediately to mind are Atomic Web Browser and iCab Mobile browser. They are both paid apps, but I know that they both work.

    Marilyn
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    I use Atomic Web Browser. It was one of my first paid apps - its only $.99 and it adds a variety of other features along with identifying as a desktop browser.
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    Atomic web browser as stated has lots of useful options however it does crash occasionally, I really liked it, but got fed up with the crashes, so have reverted back to Safari which has never crashed once. If they fix the bugs I'd definitely start using it again.
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    Atomic does crash occasionally, and Safari often seems faster. Those mobile web sites can be a real pain though. Atomic has instructions for creating a bookmarklet so that when I'm using Safari and need an Atomic feature I get taken right to it.
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    Atomic crashes a lot.
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    Chrome is a decent choice if you are familiar with the desktop version.
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    Not exactly sure what you mean by desktop version (due to extreme present noobishness) but I have always been a "googler" to find info on my Windows7 PC. Until I bought my great new iPad when I had another look at web browsing. I found Safari to be good and fast but what I did not like was that it showed my browsing history and,well, was not Google Chrome browser. Downloaded an excellent Google Chrome lookalike browser (free) called"Color Browser" ( It used to be called "Incognito" ) and it wipes all traces of your browser history when you close the app. I like my privacy ever since George Smiley recruited me. This is a great app where web pages are not added to your history as in Safari. Yes, I know you can wipe the history in Safari with a few extra steps, but I like this free app. Check it out. Regards.
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    Hi The OB,
    For browsing the web without a history file being created, there is also an app by Savy Soda , Free Full Screen Private Browsing For iPhone and iPAd.
    There is a free version with its tiny ad at top of page, which goes away once you enter the search. Or the full app can be purchased for $1.99 removing the ad space.
    It's convenient to use and doesn't save any History in the normal iPad-Safari browser way.

    Chas

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    Thanks, Chas, I'll look into that as well.
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    Many websites have a simplified mobile version designed to fit the screen of a smartphone. Since Safari is a universal app for both the iPad and iPhone those websites don't know that you've got enough screen real estate for the full desktop version so they automatically send you to the mobile version.

    Atomic and some other browsers have a setting to identify the browser as a full desktop version so you're not automatically sent to the mobile version.

    I just checked and Atomic has a setting for private mode that clears cookies and history when you're done.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2012
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