Tuesday, 2 August 2011

How to view pages in "Desktop mode" with the default Samsung Galaxy S2 browser

A question recently emerged on a Gamefaqs social bored asking how you make the Samsung Galaxy S2 load "desktop" pages by default instead of their "mobile" equivalent. At first a few users advised about using work arounds such as other browsers, though it appeared, after a small play around with the default browser that it was possible and simple.
Firstly you need to open the browser then press the phone's menu button and then select the "more" option from the contextual menu. This will open a long list of options as you can see on the right hand side. The option you need to select is "Settings" is near the bottom. When you select the "Settings" menu you will open a screen like the one on the left, you need to scroll to the very bottom of this to find "View mode".

In view mode you will need to select the desktop option and then, every page you load should load in the the more normal "Desktop" mode that you will be used to if you have used the website on your computer or laptop. An example of this is the BBC's website that is
on show to the left here in it's "Desktop" mode instead of the very ugly and unimpressive mobile mode.


Whilst this hasn't been completely tested by myself it did, by default, load the desktop versions of BBC, Gmail, Google and Gamefaqs as opposed to their mobile sites. If you prefer the desktop versions of websites, even on your mobile, this would seem like the best option for now, especially if you like the default browser.

13 comments:

  1. I'm from singapore galaxy s2 user. My phone browser doesn't have that view mode option.

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  2. Hi Bala,
    You may need to update browser, I know some UK phones don't have the view by default yet either =/

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  3. I'm from india galaxy s2 user. My phone browser doesn't have that view mode option.so what i do now to get that view mode on my browser settings .

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  4. OK this isn't the best of answers but I advise downloading either Skyfire is has a Desktop mode that can be found. For the Desktop mode on Skyfire press on the icon under google (it looks like half an android and half a screen) then select Desktop.

    Sorry is that's not great. Also try to make sure you have the most up to date "Internet" browser.

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  5. As others have stated I too do not have this "View Mode" option. So which version of the browser is this in? How would I go about getting the version you are describing?

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  6. Hmm, I just checked the version I'm using and it's 2.3.3. Has everyone tried updating the software on the phone as well as updating the firmware through KIES?

    Other than that the only think I can think of is it's the Vodafone firmware I'm using that is giving me the option but that's a bit weird.

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  7. I'm on 2.3.4 and no such option, tried the debug mode and no luck either. Please help!

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  8. Right it seems to be specific firmware NOT android version as I first thought. The best work around would be to user Boat Browser (it's free from the market)

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  9. In the browser type "about:useragent" without the "" .. it will pop up a window scroll down to desktop and select it... done

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    1. This worked for me. Galaxy S2 Web 2.3.5. Thanks!

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  11. I'd advise using Boat Browser which is set to browse as a Desktop very easily (http://www.mobilephonetipsandtricks.com/2012/01/best-way-to-desktop-browse-internet-on.html)

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  12. Thanks Steve your answer works

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