YouTube: How to View YouTube Desktop site on Android and iOS?

Here is how you can view YouTube in Desktop mode on different browsers.

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Want to watch YouTube videos in Desktop mode on your phone? In this guide, we will take you through all the steps to enable the desktop mode for YouTube on Android and iPhones on different browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari (iPhone only), and other default browsers. While Google has a dedicated YouTube app for phones on both Android and iOS platforms, sometimes due to multiple reasons, some people prefer to watch YouTube videos on the phone’s browser. 

While the phone website for YouTube is fine, it does not come with as many options as the desktop site would offer as YouTube is opened on a smaller screen. However, if you want all the controls and settings that are available on the desktop website of YouTube, you can do that in a few simple steps on your phone. In this article, we will take a look at how to view YouTube Desktop on Android and iPhone using different browsers. 

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How to View YouTube Desktop Site on Android

We will take a step by step look at how one can enter the  YouTube Desktop Site on Android on different browsers like Chrome, which is the most popular browser and we’ll also look at how one can enable the desktop mode for YouTube on Firefox and default Android browser. 

How to View YouTube Desktop Site via Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome browser on Android 
  2. Visit Youtube.com on the Chrome browser or search for Youtube and click on the first link
  3. Tap on the three vertical buttons on the top right
  4. Select the “Desktop site” checkbox
  5. Your browser will now load the Youtube website in desktop mode

To exit the desktop mode, tap the three dots on the top again and select the “Desktop site” option. 

How to View YouTube Desktop Site via Firefox

  1. Open Firefox browser on Android 
  2. Visit Youtube.com on the Chrome browser or search for Youtube and click on the first link
  3. Tap on the three vertical dots on the bottom right corner

  4. Enable the toggle that says “Desktop site” 
  5. Your browser will now load the Youtube website in desktop mode

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How to View YouTube Desktop Site via Default Browser

While Google Chrome is the default browser on most modern phones, some brands still ship the phone with a default browser. In case you are using the default browser, here is how you can enable the desktop mode. 

  1. Open the Browser on Android
  2. Visit Youtube.com on the default browser or search for Youtube and click on the first link
  3. Look for the menu or three vertical dots on the screen and tap on it
  4. You will get a few options, select the “Desktop site” option
  5. Your default  browser will now load the Youtube website in desktop mode

How to View YouTube Desktop Site on iPhone

Similar to Android, even on iPhones, you will be able to view YouTube in desktop mode. We will take a look at the step by step guide to enable the same on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox browsers. 

How to View YouTube Desktop Site via Safari

  1. Open Safari on your iPhone
  2. Type Youtube.com and visit the website on the Safari browser or search for Youtube and click on the first link
  3. Once the YouTube loads, click on the “aA” option on the top bar

  4. In the pop-up menu options, click on the “Request Desktop Website” option
  5. Safari  will now load the Youtube website in desktop mode

Repeat the same steps to exit the desktop mode. 

How to View YouTube Desktop Site via Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome on your iPhone
  2. Type Youtube.com and visit the website on the Google Chrome browser or search for Youtube and click on the first link
  3. Once the YouTube loads, click on the three dots on the bottom right

  4. In the pop-up menu options, click on the “Request Desktop Site” option
  5. Chrome will now load the Youtube website in desktop mode

How to View YouTube Desktop Site via Firefox

  1. Open Firefox on your iPhone
  2. Type Youtube.com and visit the website on the Firefox browser or search for Youtube and click on the first link
  3. Once the YouTube loads, click on the three horizontal lines on the bottom right

  4. In the pop-up menu options, click on the “Request Desktop Site” option
  5. Chrome will now load the Youtube website in desktop mode

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Srivatsa is a freelance writer at MySmartPrice. He likes to write and talk about Smartphones, Android, Cricket, and more. He has previously worked at TechRadar and AndroidPolice.