How to View YouTube Desktop Version on Mobile

How to View YouTube Desktop Version on Mobile

YouTube is the most popular platform for viewing and sharing videos. Life is easier for you if you have its app on your Android or iOS phones. However, there may be times when you want to use its desktop version. In today’s guide, we are going to talk about a very interesting topic; how to view the YouTube desktop version on your mobile devices. At the end of our guide, you can also look at the ways of viewing your search and watch histories on your mobile device. If you’re ready, let’s take a drive right in!

View YouTube Desktop Version on Mobile Devices

Even if you have the app of YouTube on your mobile phone, you may want to view its desktop version from time to time. However, when you open the YouTube page in a web browser, you are going to be redirected to the app. That’s very frustrating, isn’t it? Don’t worry; there are a couple of ways to view a full desktop version of YouTube. Let’s first introduce the ways for Android devices and then continue with iOS ones.

Open YouTube Desktop Mode On an Android Device

If you are using an Android device, here are the steps you can follow.

Through Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox 

1) Launch the Chrome or Firefox web browser on your Android device.

2) Type youtube.com in the address bar and tap the Enter or Search option to go to the YouTube official webpage. 

type youtube

Keep in mind if you tap the first option that appears in the web browser you use, your phone will automatically redirect you to the app. 

3) Tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right hand corner of the screen.

tap on theree dots on youtube

4) If needed, scroll down and find the Desktop Site option from the drop-down menu and tap on it. That’s all! You will be able to view YouTube’s desktop version on your Android device.

desktop site option

Just like Chrome and Firefox, you can repeat the above process on almost every web browser you use. 

Through Opera 

You can also view the YouTube desktop version using Opera on your Android device. Here are the steps to do it!

1) Launch Opera on your Android device.

launch opera on android

2) Type youtube.com into the search bar. 

type youtube on opera

3) Tap on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

tap on three vertical dots on youtube

4) Tap on the Desktop button to activate it. The browser will automatically display the desktop version.

youtube desktop button

There is also one more easy and quick process to view the desktop version of YouTube on your Android device. Just follow the steps below:

1) Open the Chrome or Firefox web browser on your Android device.

2) Type youtube.com in the address bar and tap the Enter or Search option. You will be redirected to the app. That’s okay.

3) Open to the home screen of your mobile phone.

4) Go to the Settings part.

settings on android

5) If needed, scroll down the menu and tap on Apps.

apps on android settings

6) Find and tap on the YouTube icon.

youtube icon

7) Tap on the DISABLE option at the top left-hand side of the screen. Here, you will see the warning of ‘If you disable this app, other apps may no longer function as intended. Your data will also be deleted.’ 

tap on the disable app option

8) Tap on the Disable App button again. 

tap on the disable app button

9) Now, you can open the web browser you always use and type the youtube.com URL. Well done! You will not be redirected to the app. 

10) Last few steps are left now. Tap on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the screen.

11) Tap on the Desktop option from the drop-down menu. Enjoy!

When you follow all these steps above, you will no longer be redirected to the app when visiting YouTube from your web browser.

Open YouTube Desktop Mode on iOS Devices

You can also see the full desktop version of YouTube on your iPhone. Just follow the steps below. 

Through Safari 

1) Launch the Safari browser on your iPhone.

type youtube on safari

2) Type youtube.com into the address bar, and tap the Enter option. You will see the notification of “Open in ‘YouTube?’” Just ignore that and tap the Cancel option.

open in youtube safari

3) You can see the Aa icon in the upper left-hand corner of the address bar; top on it.

aa icon on youtube

4) Then, tap on the Request Desktop Website option from the drop-down menu. That’s all! Safari will automatically redirect you to the YouTube desktop version.

request desktop on safari

Through Google Chrome 

1) Open Chrome on your iPhone.

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2) Choose the three-dot menu in the bottom right corner of the screen.

tap on the three dots on chrome

3) Check the box next to the Desktop Site option. That’s it.

request youtube desktop site

4) The same process can be applied to other web browsers like Opera Mini or Mozilla Firefox.

Suppose you want to avoid all these long steps above and are looking for a short path to use on Android and iOS devices. We have good news! You can click on the link below to be on the desktop version of YouTube on any mobile device.

View All Desktop Versions of Websites From Mobile Devices 

Many of the website features may not be available on the mobile version. That’s why you may be looking for a way to view the desktop versions of websites from your mobile device.

On iOS devices

If you are using the Chrome browser on your iOS device, you can repeat the abovementioned processes.

  1. Launch Chrome on your iPhone.
  2. Choose the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Check the box next to the Desktop site.
  4. Finally, allow the page to reload.

On Android devices

Here are the steps to view the desktop version of any website using the Chrome browser on your Android device.

  1. Launch Chrome on your Android phone.
  2. Visit the website that you want to view in the desktop version.
  3. Tap on the three-dot menu icon.
  4. Check the box next to the Desktop site. The website will automatically refresh itself.

In order to switch back to the original mobile view, all you need to do is to apply the same steps and undo the checkbox next to the Desktop site option.  

How to View YouTube Search and Watch Histories on Mobile Devices

YouTube automatically stores the history of every video you watch. At this point, you may be wondering how to look at the list of watched videos and search history on the platform. Here are the basic steps you should follow.

1) Tap on the YouTube icon on your mobile phone.

tap on youtube icon on mobile

2) Then, tap the Library button at the bottom right of the screen.

tap on the three dots

3) Now, tap the History option. Here, you can see the videos you have already watched. That’s it!

youtube history option

If you want to delete your YouTube history, you can read our dedicated article as well.

Our Final Thoughts on YouTube Desktop Version

When you tap on a YouTube link in your web browser, it will automatically redirect you to the app and plays the video you want to watch. Although this integration is created to improve the watching experiences of users, some people may find it annoying. Today, we’ve talked about the ways to view the YouTube desktop version on both Android and iOS devices. If you want, you can also follow the same steps to view the desktop mode of any website. We hope you had fun!

Frequently Asked Questions

Just click on the https://www.youtube.com/?app=desktop link.

You should type youtube.com into the address bar, and when the browser forces you to open the app, just tap on the Cancel button.

It’s easy. Just follow the steps we mentioned above, and uncheck the Desktop option.

Whenever you visit a new YouTube video in a new tab, the mobile version will be displayed. However, just click on the Desktop option as we touched above to overcome such an issue.

YouTube would like to improve the user experience with a dark background. To turn on the dark mode, tap on profile picture > Settings > General > Appearance > Dark theme.

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