When logging into chat-stackexange I am presented with this message:

The new mobile version of chat is now the default mobile version on devices that support it.

Unlike the classic (okay, ancient) version, it allows you to perform actions like editing, starring, and direct replies to particular messages.

The classic version is still available and will be used in browsers that lack support for some necessary features of the new version. Logged in users can also choose to continue using the old version on the preferences page of their user profile.

Please report bugs and other issues on Meta Stack Exchange. Thank you!

I choose to continue using the old version but cannot find the option to do so on my chat user profile page?

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    I use chrome - go to the 3 dots in top right, and select "use desktop version" near the bottom of the list, just above settings.
    – user 85795
    Commented Jan 3, 2020 at 4:45
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    What phone OS are you using? I just upgraded to a phone running iOS 13 and I couldn’t get the desktop version of chat, no matter how often I requested it. Did some searching and it seems to be the OS forcing mobile versions even if you requested desktop version specifically. Might be a similar issue?
    – Catija
    Commented Jan 3, 2020 at 6:52
  • I think you're right @Catija iOS 8 doesn't force the mobile version when using the chrome browser, but when I change tabs it automatically forces the mobile version.
    – user 85795
    Commented Jan 4, 2020 at 12:20

1 Answer 1


Find your chat profile. Click on the prefs tab (look on the top right of the page)

Prefs tab

You should see this...

Chat UI pref

If you uncheck the pref you will likely need to refresh the page to get the new interface. You may also need to wait a few minutes in case there's any caching going on.

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    The box is not checked, sir.
    – user 85795
    Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 10:57
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    Then report that as a separate bug/question (since this one is about finding the pref). Unless you've only just unchecked it, in which case refresh the page and/or wait a few minutes in case of caching. Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 10:58
  • Will do. Thank you for your attention.
    – user 85795
    Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 11:00

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