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Tue, Oct 26, 2021 9:37 PM

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IMDb title pages stuck on mobile site

How do we view the desktop version of title pages from a mobile device? For four months now all IMDb title pages are locked into displaying mobile view, and there is no longer a link at the bottom of the page to "view full site" to use the normal desktop site.

Manually adding "mode=desktop" to the url (which is what the "view full site" link does) has no effect. Choosing "request desktop site" from your browser also does nothing.

Name pages and all sub-pages off the main title page are unaffected, as their mobile pages still have the "view full site" link which works fine.

The only workaround is if you have an account, you can set title pages to "reference view", which does get you the desktop site (and less ads which is nice), but this page style is difficult to navigate, for instance to sub-pages, and there are some features and links lacking.

It would be nice if there were a "default view" setting in our account, so we don't have to constantly scroll to the bottom and click that "view full site" link every time (major hassle). Not every browser has site-individual settings to do this.

But it seems like IMDb is trying to defeat our browsers and force mobile view, just for title pages for some reason. Many of us don't want mobile views on websites, even if we're using a mobile device.

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@Mvybuf Thanks for the feedback. Per the announcement at the time, IMDb title pages are now using a responsive design which adjusts to fit your screen size.  All of the same content is available regardless of your screen size, although it may be arranged slightly differently on smaller screens. The name (and other) pages will eventually move the same design and underlying technology, at which point all support for “mode=desktop” will be removed.

Depending upon your mobile device and installed browsers, you may be able adjust your settings to make the mobile browser appear to be full desktop size, in which case IMDb will serve the same layout as if you were on a device with a larger screen. 

Hope this helps.