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I am using chrome browser on a 5.5-inch smartphone. I notice that for phones with big screen, the website defaults to the desktop version. This goes the same for tablets. However, I will prefer to view the mobile website version on these devices. How can this be done?

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    I've got the Nexus 5 with a similar screen size and I haven't experienced this issue before. What sites are you experiencing these issues on? Also, you don't have Request desktop site enabled for those sites by any chance do you? – Huey Oct 11 '15 at 3:22
  • Request desktop site is disabled. Browsing general news websites like www.economist.com – user768421 Oct 11 '15 at 3:26
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    Here's what I see on my 1080p Nexus 5. As far as I know, there's no special option to request the mobile site because any well-designed site should already be serving a mobile phone that version by default. Still, on particularly high-res devices you might still face some issues. What's your device model and resolution? – Huey Oct 11 '15 at 3:30
  • Using LG G4. Seems like yours is the mobile version. Wonder what went wrong with my phone. – user768421 Oct 11 '15 at 3:31
  • @Huey Nexus 5 screen 5.5 inch? I thought all models of nexus 5 were 4.95 inches – gopi1410 Oct 13 '15 at 7:15
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I Think there is no problem with your phone. The problem is with the Website. Now a days websites are following 'Responsive web design' means 'Websites' automatically rescale/resizes(looks bigger or smaller) themselves in respect to screen sizes of the viewing device which depends on the website developer. I checked "www.economist.com" website.It only have desktop version so your phone display that desktop version. You can't view mobile version because there is no Mobile version of the site . Be happy :)

  • This doesn't address the core question, which is "However, I will prefer to view the mobile website version on these devices. How can this be done?". – Firelord Nov 28 '15 at 8:15
  • You can't view mobile version because there is no Mobile version of the site – Avinash Nov 28 '15 at 8:20
  • E.g.: in Firefox, you can force a website with responsive design to show mobile or desktop layout on Desktop. The same is true for its mobile app as well. All I'm saying is you've mentioned the cause, not the remedy. – Firelord Nov 28 '15 at 8:25
  • If a website doesn't have a mobile site, how can you view that? Even 'Forcing the website to show mobile site in Firefox' is useless because that Website neither Responsive design nor have a mobile site . – Avinash Nov 28 '15 at 9:15
  • A mobile version of a site offers you a layout different from the desktop. This is simply what responsive does too but with less complexity of focusing on user-agent (UA) or providing a separate domain. In a broader sense, both gives you a layout. When you switch the UA to mobile in a desktop browser, you attempt to fool a typical website showing the browser as a mobile, so the site redirects you to the mobile version...continued... – Firelord Nov 28 '15 at 9:29

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