How to Use the Facebook Desktop Version for Mobile

These days, there are more people that use smartphones to access the internet than laptops, and the good thing about a smartphone is that you can take your business anywhere.

As a result, most websites now have an app associated with it, so that you can access the website even when you are away from your desktop.

However, the issue with a lot of mobile website versions is that they aren’t up to par, and are nothing like the desktop version.

You are going to have trouble seeing the entire site, and you are going to have trouble loading images and content that you want to read.

In this article, we are going to talk to you about how to use the Facebook desktop version for mobile, so that you can keep up with what everyone is doing even on your mobile phone when you are away from your computer. 

Facebook’s Mobile Version

Facebook has the same features on its mobile app that it does with its desktop version. However, people don’t tend to prefer it because they can just access it on their computer. There are a number of reasons for this.

The first is that the Facebook app is going to take up too much memory and battery on your phone, and this is going to affect the loading speed as well.

You are going to have to deal with slow load times, and if you don’t have a lot of time to browse Facebook, this is going to quickly get frustrating.

The other reason is that Facebook doesn’t actually allow users to make the most of some of their features that are available on browser versions, like messenger.

This means that you’re going to have to access everything when you get home through your desktop, which might not be that convenient.

Let’s take a look at how to use the Facebook desktop version for mobile.

How to Use the Facebook Desktop Version for Mobile

There are a couple of ways that you can use the mobile version on the desktop and vice versa, but they differ between Android and iOS.

As a result, you will need to make sure that you find the one that suits your device the best. 

Mozilla Firefox for Desktop

Firefox is one of the easiest browsers to use when you are switching from the Facebook mobile version to the desktop.

Let’s take a look at how to do this:

  • Visit Facebook in your web browser by typing in Facebook into the search engine
  • Typically, Facebook is going to force you to change to the app. This means that if you are directed to the app, go back to the browser, and refresh your page. Sometimes a smartphone is going to ask if you want to stay in the browser or not. You need to stay in your browser for this method to be successful. 
  • Select the three dots that you will see at the top of the page to the right
  • On the menu that appears, you are going to see a switch for ‘desktop site’. Select this.
  • Now you are going to be able to see Facebook as the desktop version, but on your mobile

Android Desktop Version Google Chrome

The first method that we have run you through above is going to work with Mozilla Firefox.

Now, we are going to run you through another method if you don’t happen to use Firefox as your main browser.

If you are using Android, then you will want to visit your browser and load the mobile version for Facebook.

At this point, Facebook is most likely going to try and direct you to the app.

If this happens, then go to your browser again, and reload the page.

You need to login to your Facebook account, and locate Chrome’s menu that you will see at the top of the page to the right. 

  • You are going to see a list of options. One is going to be called ‘desktop site’. Select this, and make sure that it’s on. The page is going to reload.
  • Now, you are going to be able to use the desktop version as you would like. 

Desktop Version for iOS on Safari

  • Go to Facebook, and log into your account
  • Select the ‘Aa’ button that you will see at the bottom menu. Once you have done this, you are going to see a few more options. You will be able to find a ‘request desktop site’ option. 
  • Select this option and then wait for the page to reload. When it has been reloaded successfully, you are going to be able to visit Facebook using the desktop features.

What’s the Difference Between Desktop and Mobile for Facebook?

  • The desktop version offers a lot more content than the mobile version
  • The mobile app is a lot quicker when it comes to response time
  • Facebook is going to display ads differently on the mobile app and the desktop site
  • If you like to play games on Facebook, you are not going to be able to do so on the mobile version
  • You are going to see a lot more ads on the desktop version
  • You have a lot more control over your content on the desktop version

Final Thoughts

Facebook has a number of different ways that you can use to access the app, whether it is through desktop or mobile.

As you can see, there are pros and cons to both, but generally speaking, the desktop version is going to be more complicated.

The mobile version is a bit simpler, and it’s going to be quicker when it comes to response time.

At the end of the day it’s up to you which version you choose to work with so that you can find the one that’s going to suit your needs the best.