YouTube: Force Desktop Version in Safari for iPhone & iPad

If you wish to view the full desktop version of YouTube from the Safari for iOS browser on your iPhone or iPad, you can by performing just a few steps. Follow this tutorial, and you’ll have access to all of the features the desktop version of the website offers in no time.

Enable JavaScript Before Proceeding

Before performing the below steps, ensure that JavaScript is enabled in Safari. Many of the features in YouTube won’t be available unless it’s enabled. You can do so by going to the Home screen and selecting “Settings” > “Safari” > “Advanced“. From there, switch “JavaScript” to “On“(Green).
Safari iOS JavaScript setting

Option 1 – Quick Shortcut

You can quickly access the desktop version of YouTube in Safari for iOS by opening the Safari app, and typing “www.youtube.com/?app=desktop” without quotes. From there, tap “Go” and you will be immediately taken to the desktop version of YouTube.

Option 2 – Safari Option

  1. Open the Safari app, type “youtube.com“, then press “Go“.
  2. Tap the URL in the address bar to highlight it and bring up the Bookmarks menu.
    iOS YouTube Address Bar Swipe
  3. Starting from just below the address bar, swipe downward to reveal the “Request Desktop Site” option. Select it and you’re done.
    YouTube Desktop

Option 3 – Desktop Menu

If you don’t want to type out that long URL, you can perform these steps instead:

  1. Open the Safari app, type “youtube.com“, then press “Go“.
  2. The mobile version of YouTube will be displayed. You can then tap the menu button located in the upper-left corner of the screen.
  3.  Scroll down to the bottom of the menu, then tap “Desktop“.
    YouTube Safari Desktop Option

There you have it! Three ways to access the desktop version of YouTube from your iPhone or iPad.

FAQ

Why am I still forced to view the mobile version?

You may have the YouTube app installed and the app is opened when you try to open a YouTube URL. Try uninstalling the YouTube app if you are having problems.

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