Facebook Container: Prevent Facebook from tracking your visits to other websites

This add-on is available for Firefox versions 57 and up. See Update Firefox to the latest version.
This is available on Firefox desktop only.

Facebook Container is an add-on you install on Firefox desktop to prevent Facebook from tracking your activity on other websites, so you can continue to use Facebook.com, Facebook Messenger and Instagram on the Web while protecting your privacy.

To learn more about Containers in general, see Firefox Multi-Account Containers.

How does Facebook Container work?

The add-on keeps Facebook and some Facebook sites (Messenger and Instagram) in a separate Container to prevent it from following your activity on other websites. When you first install the add-on, it signs you out of Facebook and deletes the cookies that Facebook uses to track you.

Every time you visit Facebook or some Facebook-owned sites, it will open in the Facebook Container, separate from other websites you visit. You can log in to these sites within their own containers. When browsing outside the container, Facebook won’t be able to easily collect your browsing data and connect it to your Facebook identity.

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How do I enable Facebook Container?

You'll need Firefox version 57+. To update Firefox see Update Firefox to the latest version.

  1. Install Facebook Container This will log you out of Facebook and delete the cookies it collected while using Firefox.
  2. Open Facebook, Messenger or Instagram and use it like you normally would. Firefox will automatically switch to the Facebook Container tab for you.
  3. If you click on a link to a page outside of Facebook or type in another website in the address bar, Firefox will load them outside of the Facebook Container.
If you're unable to install Facebook Container while using Firefox version 57+, see I can't install Facebook Container on Firefox 57+.

How does this affect Facebook’s features?

Facebook Container prevents Facebook from linking your activity on other websites to your Facebook identity. Therefore, the following will not work:

  • “Like” buttons and embedded Facebook comments on other websites Because you are logged in to Facebook only in the container, “Like” buttons and embedded Facebook comments on other websites will not work.
  • Logging in or creating accounts on other websites using Facebook Websites that allow you to create an account or log in using Facebook will generally not work properly.

Facebook Container isn't working as expected

First, make sure the add-on is installed, enabled and up to date by checking your installed add-ons.

  1. Click the menu button Fx57menu New Fx Menu and choose Add-ons Fx57Addons-icon Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.

  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Extensions panel.
  3. Ensure that installation was completed. If Facebook Container appears on the list, it was successfully installed and you can move on to the next step.
  4. Make sure it is enabled. If it is disabled, click Enable to activate it.
  5. Update Facebook Container. See How to update add-ons

Will this protect me from Facebook completely?

This add-on does not prevent Facebook from mishandling the data it already has or permitted others to obtain about you. Facebook still will have access to everything that you do while you are on facebook.com or on the Facebook app, including your Facebook comments, photo uploads, likes, and any data you share with Facebook connected apps.

Other ad networks may try to link your Facebook activities with your regular browsing. In addition to using this add-on, there are other things you can do to maximize your protection, including changing your Facebook settings, using Private Browsing and Tracking Protection, blocking third-party cookies, and/or using the Firefox Multi-Account Containers extension to further limit tracking.

Is Facebook Container available in other languages?

Facebook Container is available only in English at this time, but it can be installed globally.

Is Facebook Container available on mobile?

Facebook Container is for Firefox desktop only. As an alternative, try Firefox Focus, an anti-tracking privacy browser for Android and iOS.

Firefox Focus can isolate your Facebook session if you hit the Erase button before going to Facebook and right after.

How do I use Containers for other websites?

Good news! Containers aren’t just for Facebook. You can use Containers to prevent websites from linking your identities across the Web by installing Firefox Multi-Account Containers.

To learn more about how Multi-Account Containers work, see the Multi-Account Containers support page.

Mozilla created and supports Facebook Container and Firefox Multi-Account Containers. Other container extensions are not maintained by Mozilla. If you are experiencing issues with these other extensions, please contact the developer directly.
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