When I use Gmail on the iPad via Safari, I get a -to me- unusable version of Gmail like the image below:

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Is there a way I can get the normal desktop view on my iPad?

(Note: the bottom row as shown in the screenshot, to switch view, is not there for me.)

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    Out of curiosity, what are the reasons you find it unusable? – Alex Sep 14 '11 at 7:31
  • For one, no access to contacts. – samskivert Jun 24 '12 at 19:58
  • I want to change my imap preferences. The special ipad app view doesnt have that. – n13 Mar 6 '13 at 1:15
  • This is probably a better question for Ask Different. – ale Jan 4 '17 at 21:13

Scroll the inbox side of the client and there is a link to the desktop which will get you to the more familiar Gmail view.

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  • Thanks! That looks like what I wanted. In the meantime I've also quite adapted to the mobile version, but I think this will help me more. – Lode Nov 30 '11 at 13:49
  • Thanks, I needed that to make my gMail Gadgets and Marketplace Apps work! – clst Mar 7 '13 at 12:34
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    This no longer works AFAICT – gman Jul 24 '13 at 19:38
  • @gman, yes it does, I've made an edit to show where the link is now. – Charles Clayton Nov 12 '14 at 23:15
  • @crclayton: Are you sure it's still the "inbox side of the client" that you need to scroll, as the answer (you've added a screenshot to) states. The mobile version on Android (and your screenshot) appears to show the links at the bottom of the labels column (left side)? – MrWhite Nov 12 '14 at 23:42

Is there any way to get the normal desktop view on my iPad?

You can force the simple HTML mode using https://mail.google.com/mail/h/

You used to be able to force Standard mode using http://mail.google.com/mail?nocheckbrowser, but this no long seems to work on iPad.

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  • I primarily use the HTML mode in the iCab browser. It's definitely not as nice as the desktop version, but when I've tried that, it doesn't seem to work right on the iPad. Wish it did and it seems like the iPad should be able to handle it. Having gmail in the browser is nice when accessing other web pages that link with google. And I use the stars for tagging important items. – Cincinnati Joe May 2 '12 at 17:23
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    This is revolutionary. I can actually work with filters, etc. on my phone. Amazing... thank you, @Ciaran! – alex gray Jan 29 at 16:44

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