Safari on iPad redirects me to mobile page

Posted on 2011-04-28
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have just purchased an iPad2 and my son asked me to go to the Thomas the Tank engine site -

I get redirected to its mobile site, which is just a list of apps we don't want. We want to get to the regular site. I've tried a couple of other browers including Atomic which has a setting to appear as Safari desktop. But nothing works.

Any ideas?
Question by:Impressionist
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    Try Internet Explorer
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    by:Jason C. Levine
    Try Terra instead.  It may be flying under the radar of that site and allow you to get into the regular area.  

    The problem is the site developers are getting smarter about sniffing out the true device no matter how you set the browser to report as something else.

    Author Comment

    I've tried every option in Atomic and Safari. Terra doesn't work either. I don't believe there is IE for iPad. I have chosen the option to appear as IE, but that doesn't work. There must be some way to make the site think I'm using a desktop...
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    by:Jason C. Levine
    >> I don't believe there is IE for iPad.

    There isn't.  Some Experts are less Expert than others.

    >> There must be some way to make the site think I'm using a desktop...

    If you watch carefully when you browse to that site it runs you through a script that I'm betting is a good deal more robust than a standard "which browser do you say you are?" check.  Even if you configure the mobile browsers to report as something else, the device is still sending other identifiers than a smart developer can check for and then redirect you to their buy buy buy page.

    Sorry.  Their desire to sell you stuff > your desire to not see it.
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    I would suggest you use some kind of an Remote Desktop Protocol tool like the one available on this site to connect to any windows machine via your iPad. Then you may be able to access the site you intend to.
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    If you look at the site on a computer, you will see that it requires Flash, and therefore will not work on iOS. No point trying.

    Just using a computer is a good, practical solution. Sure, that means Thomas won't be available 24/7, but do you really want that?

    Author Comment

    Thanks I didn't realize the whole site was flash. I know what you mean about Thomas, it does wear thin :-)

    My son is only 2 & isn't that good with a mouse yet, but he has really taken to the iPad. Its amazing to watch kids use these things.

    I guess I'm just going to have to keep navigating the site for him on the PC, until he can use the mouse :-)

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