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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paralars1

Mandatory mobile web version

I've noticed that since the last time I opened the website on my mobile browser, I now get a mobile version that is almost identical to the mobile app. I can't access the discussions page, or any tips and notes, and probably some other things.

I don't get why everything is so inconsistent, there isn't even a "switch to desktop version" option like on every other website ever. Why do you make it so hard for me Duo? I can't get to useful tips or helpful discussions, but hey, at least there is a store button, so I can buy more streak freezes.

By the way, I am writing this on my phone, by manually entering http://duolingo.com/discussion into the adress bar, then using the "display full website" button that's buried in there (which is important, because the "start discussion" button does not work at first

June 14, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PixelDrift

If you use Chrome as a mobile web browser, you can hit the browser menu in the top right and click on 'request desktop version' which forces the desktop site to display on your mobile. Hope this helps!

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KenBookmye

Thank you, I had the same problem with Duo changing my Android app to just the mobile website. I had to come to use a pc to get to discussion but your answer worked. The disappointing thing is how few new users would even think to look for the full website. Next thing from Duo will doubtless be less than 1/10 of 1% of the users are on discussion. Well no kidding they won't even know it exists as an option. Time to downgrade the app in the verizon store and leave my opinion on facebook. ken


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/malfruemulo

This used to work but no longer does if your account has been updated to the new version of the site.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PixelDrift

Are you sure? There was a button on the website for 'view full site', that may have gone. But going into the actual browser menu and clicking on request desktop site still works


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/malfruemulo

Nope, requesting the desktop site through the three dots on chrome just reloads the page in the same mobile format. I've tested this on four or five of my friends' accounts and this hasn't worked for any of them. Do you have the new version of the site? Are you on iOS or android?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rfanon

This does not work for me. I've tried all of safari, chrome, and firefox on my iphone. None get me the desktop version.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PixelDrift

If you use chrome on mobile, hit the browser menu (three lines on top right of screen) then hit 'request desktop site' it should work


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rfanon

As i said i have tried chrome. Hitting request desktop site in that menu does not work for me. Perhaps it is an android/iphone difference?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

Using Safari on iOS, it appears the only way to get to the full website (apart from directly entering the relevant URL or using a link e.g. from e-mail), is to go to the language select bar, hit "Add Course," which then takes you to what looks like the former mobile website, where the full desktop version can be accessed as before (well, except that it takes you back to the appified tree if you hit "Home").


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paralars1

weird, I tested it on my iPad, and it still gives me the Desktop version. My phone, which is an Android, gives me the mobile version by default.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

I would imagine that the roll outs of new mobile browser versions are subject to separate iOS and Android A/B testing, which could lead to one's being in different groups for each. However, I suppose different interfaces could be provided to different platforms even under the mobile umbrella.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

It is annoying but if you select the stack of three horizontal bars and then select "Request Desktop site"

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