Google’s own email service, often referred to as Gmail (but also Google Mail), is hugely popular. Millions of people and companies around the world have a Gmail account. The reasons why Gmail is so popular are too many to go into here but one of them is, without a doubt the flexibility it offers its users. One aspect of this flexibility is the possibility of getting a desktop view of Gmail.
In this article, we will talk about you can get the Gmail desktop view no matter what kind of device you are using to access your Gmail account. This is a how-to tutorial so we advice you read it all without skimming or skipping any sections. First, we will offer and bit of background and some alternatives to getting the desktop view and then we will move on to a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to changing the view from mobile to desktop.
There are many different ways to get your Gmail emails online. While most of these ways of getting Gmail are extremely straightforward, some users struggle with getting the desktop view on their smart phones or other mobile devices. This is why we have decided to write this tutorial.
If you have an iOS (Apple’s mobile operating system device) including an iPad, and iPhone or an iOS phone; or an Android (Google’s own mobile operating system) smart phone or mobile device, and struggle to get the desktop view of Gmail, you have definitely come to the right place.
Why Is It So Hard To Get the Gmail Desktop View In A Mobile Device?
Before we go into possible solutions to this problem, you may be wondering why it is apparently so hard to get the desktop view in a smart phone or any other mobile device.
The answer, or rather the reason, may surprise you: Google actually makes it hard for you to get the desktop view for your own benefit. How so? You may wonder. Gmail has two different display versions: there is the desktop view and the mobile version. Google Mail will adapt based on the kind of device you are using to access their website. So only when you are using a computer (whether a desktop computer or a laptop; this does not really matter) are you able to get the desktop view without having to do anything extra. If you are using a mobile device (smart phone or tablet) you would normally be presented with the mobile view, instead.
The logic behind this is that the Gmail view should automatically adapt to your screen time in order to make using it as comfortable as possible for their users. Apart from a smaller screen, people using Gmail on a mobile device may also be using a considerably slower Internet connection than somebody using a computer. So this is another reason why Google Mail decides to adapt the view according to both screen size and potentially slower Internet connection.
Some users find this quite frustrating and, if you are reading this tutorial, I think it is safe to assume that you are probably one of those people. Part of the problem is not only that the view is different but also that some people experience problems when trying to attach files with the mobile view or even download pdf files attachments that they have been sent.
Why Would You Want To Get The Gmail Desktop View?
Using the mobile or the desktop view is a very personal decision. As we have explained Google assumes (rightly or wrong, that is also up to you to decide) that the mobile version is what is really good for you if you are using a smart phone or any other mobile device.
Some people also choose to access their Gmail account (or accounts) using iOS mail or Android mail, instead (depending on the kind of mobile device they use). This is a particularly popular and useful solution for people who either check their emails constantly, have several different email accounts, or both.
So, why then would you want to use the desktop view instead of the mobile view or, even better, the desktop iOS or Android mail?
The answer different users may give you if you were to ask them that question would be entirely personal. No matter how many different answers you could get to that question (and you could potentially get as many different answers as Google Mail users you would ask), the answers you get would boil down to something very simple but hugely important: the experience. People get used to the way certain sites work and they do not like to use different versions with perhaps a very different look and feel simply based on the device or computer they are using at the time.
We could get a lot more technical but it is really as simple as that. If you are used to accessing your Google Mail on your computer and therefore get the desktop view every time you read, compose, or send your emails you may find it strange to switch to the mobile version every so often, whenever you happen to use your smart phone or any other mobile device.
Then there are some practical issues such as being able to attach and download attachments as highlighted in the previous sections.
Of course, you could try to use either the mobile version or iOS/Android mail until you get used to it, but if you are determined to keep using the desktop view, we are here to help you. In the next section of this tutorial we will explain everything you will need to know in order from changing the Google Mail view from mobile to desktop.
How Can You Get The Gmail Desktop View?
Now that you understand the reasons why you get the mobile view instead of a desktop view whenever you check the Gmail site on your smart mobile phone or mobile device, it is time to find a solution for this annoyance.
The good news is that it is quite simple to change the view from mobile to desktop for the following devices:
- Windows Phone.
And not only that but the method to change the view to desktop that we will explain in this section also works in the following mobile web browsers:
- All mobile default web browsers.
- Google Chrome.
- Mozilla Firefox.
- UC Web Browser.
- Opera Mobile and Opera Mini.
Once you know what to do getting the desktop view is an extremely simple process. The only problem resides precisely on that: knowing exactly what to do. In this section of the tutorial we will show you exactly what you will need to do in order to get the desktop view on your mobile device. What follows is a detailed one by one guide of all the steps you will need to take in order to do this:
- Grab your smart phone or mobile device.
- Launch the web browser you normally use of that device. All devices come with a default web browser, which is what most users end up using. Some people, however, download and install a different web browser to the one their device use automatically. Generally, it does not make any difference what web browser you use and, in this case we can assure you will be able to get the Gmail desktop view from any web browser you decide to choose.
- Go to Google Mail: gmail.com on the browser you have chosen.
- Sign in to Gmail using your login details, exactly as you would do if you were logging in from a computer. This will automatically display the mobile version of the Gmail site.
- Once you have logged it, you should copy the following link and then paste it on to the mobile device browser: https://mail.google.com/mail/h/nem9sy8fucug/?zy=h&f=1 You can also, of course, click on it right now if you are reading this tutorial on your smart phone or mobile device and you have already logged into Google Mail on said device.
As you can see, the process of changing the view to desktop is very simple and everyone, even those without any technical knowledge at all, should be able to do it. The only real question is whether you would like to change the view. You may also want to consider the different options available to you first: either using the default email service on your smart phone or mobile device, or continue using the mobile view version of Google Mail.
We know, however, that many people, even after they have considered using and even after using those other users for quite some time, decide to stick to their guns and use the desktop view on their mobile devices. If you would like to share your feedback on using our method to change the view or, if you have any experience using the desktop view on a mobile device and would like to share your experience, please consider leaving a message to all our readers in the comment section below.