Firefox OS User Guide

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This document describes the Firefox OS, Mozilla's new mobile OS built entirely on web technologies. Refer to support.mozilla.org for instructional videos, up-to-date information, and our community of volunteer experts.

Overview

Mozilla is partnered with a large number of carriers and OEMs in the development of Firefox OS, to bring accessible devices to emerging mobile markets in 2013.

The v1.01 version is supported on two devices, as follows:

  • ZTE Open
  • Alcatel One Touch Fire

Supported devices provide all of the features you would expect from a smartphone, like email, SMS messaging, search, maps and GPS navigation, music player, FM radio, camera (pxl spec TBD), Facebook and Twitter.

Of course, you'll enjoy the world-class Firefox browser and Firefox Marketplace for games and entertainment, social apps, weather and local content on your phone.

Firefox OS even has dynamic app search offered by no other mobile OS. It enables you to search for anything on the web and run it as an app on your phone without even downloading it!

If you search for sushi, Firefox OS will return all of the top mobile apps on the web with results for sushi in your area. If you don't like an app, just tap the home button to go back. You can try it without ever downloading and installing. If you do like an app, just install it with one extra tap.

REDIRECT Using the Call Log

REDIRECT Calls and voicemail

Importing Facebook & SIM contacts

REDIRECT Add, manage and share contacts

Messaging

REDIRECT Send messages

Personalizing your settings

It is easy and fun to customize your Firefox phone to your lifestyle using these helpful articles and tips.

Settings

How do I use Airplane Mode?

To use airplane mode, see Turn on Airplane Mode.

How do I connect to WiFi?

To connect to WiFi, see Connect to Wi-Fi or data and Connect to Wi-Fi or data.

How do I enable Bluetooth?

To enable bluetooth, see Share files using Bluetooth.


How do I control Cellular and Data Connections?

Enable or disable your data connection by using the settings application or the notification tray.

  1. Tap Settings App (small) and choose Cellular & Data.

    (Screenshot)
    Carrier, data, roaming, and advanced settings information will appear.
  2. Enable or disable your data connection and data roaming settings by toggling.
The data network appears under Data Connection when enabled.
Tip: Use the Cost Control application to check your data usage and to set notifications when you reach low levels.

Personalization

Make Firefox OS yours with these helpful tips.

How do I customize Sound and Vibration settings?

You enable or disable sounds and ring tones on Firefox OS using the Settings app.

  1. Tap the Settings app and choose Sound.

    (Screenshot)
    The following settings will appear: vibrate, volume, ringtones, keypad, camera and unlock function.

  2. Scroll to control ringer, notification and alarm volumes. Use the circle buttons to enable or disable.
  3. Tap Change to change the ringtone.
  4. Tap a ringtone and select Done.
    The new ringtone is now selected.
Tip: Tap a ringtone in the list to hear the sound.


How do I access Debug Tools?

Find debugging utilities for developers using the Settings application.

  1. Tap the Settings app and choose Device Information.

    (Screenshot)
    Information about the device will appear, you may need to tap on some items to view more.
Note: Debug settings are for developers and could impact performance or stability of the device, use with caution.


Viewing Open Applications and Notifications

How do I scroll the list of open apps from my home screen?

Open the Application Switcher to see your open applications.

  1. Press and hold the Home button on your phone to open the Firefox OS application switcher.

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    A thumbnail of the last opened app appears with the name of the application.
  2. Swipe left across the thumbnail to view the thumbnail for each running app.
Tip: Tap a thumbnail to view the app, or swipe upward to close an app.


(Screenshot)

How do I view Notifications?

Notifications appear at the top of your home screen with a number indicating the number of notifications you have. Notifications may also appear on your lock screen, if enabled in your Settings.

  1. Swipe down from the top of your home screen to open the utility tray.

    (Screenshot)
    Notifications appear in a list with an icon for the type of notification and the duration of time since the notification appeared.
  2. Tap the notification to view the details or take an action.
    The appropriate app appears and the notification is cleared from the list.
Note: To clear all notifications, tap the Clear All button in the upper-right of the utility tray.

 

REDIRECT Silence incoming phone calls

REDIRECT Set alarm clock

Enabling WiFi

REDIRECT Connect to Wi-Fi or data

Navigation tips

REDIRECT Switch or quit apps

Pictures, Video & Music

REDIRECT Using the camera

REDIRECT Listen to the radio

REDIRECT Adding music

REDIRECT Play and manage music

REDIRECT Take screenshots

Calendars

REDIRECT Add and manage calendars

Email

REDIRECT Add email accounts

REDIRECT Send and manage email

REDIRECT Compose an email from the Contacts app

  1. To open the email app, tap email .
  2. Tap menu icon and then tap contacts icon .
  3. You will see a list of your email accounts.
  4. Tap on the email account you wish to switch to.
  5. A list of folders for your selected account will be displayed. Tap on a folder to read the email in that folder.

 

REDIRECT Address an Email using To, CC and BCC fields in Firefox OS

Deleting a single email

  1. To open the email app, tap email .
  2. Tap on an email to display it.
  3. Tap delete at the bottom to delete the email.
  4. The email will be deleted and moved to the trash and the remaining emails in that folder will be displayed.

Deleting multiple emails

  1. To open the email app, tap email .
  2. Tap on editicon .
  3. Tap on blueoff next to the emails you wish to delete.
    • Checkmarks will be displayed next to the emails you have selected to be deleted ( blue circle checked ).
    • To uncheck an email for deletion tap on blue on and a blueoff (blue empty circle) should show.
  4. Tap delete at the bottom to delete the selected emails.
  5. The emails will be deleted and moved to the trash and the remaining emails in that folder will be displayed.

 

REDIRECT Forwarding email on Firefox OS

[[Include:Replying to email on Firefox OS]

Privacy and security settings

REDIRECT Do not track on Firefox OS

REDIRECT Setting the Screen Lock

REDIRECT Setting the Screen Lock

It's helpful for Mozilla's engineers to be able to measure how Firefox for Android behaves in the real world. The Telemetry feature provides this capability by sending them performance and usage information. As you use Firefox, Telemetry measures and collects non-personal information, such as memory consumption, responsiveness timing and feature usage. It then sends this information to Mozilla on a daily basis and we use it to make Firefox better for you.

Firefox also has a Crash Reporter feature that warns you when Firefox closes unexpectedly, and allows you to send this information so the engineers can make Firefox more stable and secure.

For more about what kind of information is collected and how it's used, see our privacy policy.

How do I opt-in or opt-out of sending performance data?

You can turn this feature on or off at any time in your Settings:

  1. Tap the Menu button (either below the screen on some devices or at the top-right corner of the browser) and then Settings (you may need to tap More first) .
  2. Next tap Mozilla and then check or uncheck the box next to Telemetry in the Data Choices section.
  3. Check or uncheck the box next to Crash Reporter to send crash reports back to Mozilla.
  1. Tap the Menu button (either below the screen on some devices or at the top-right corner of the browser) and then Settings (you may need to tap More first) .
  2. Next tap Data choices and then check or uncheck the box next to Telemetry.

Basic settings

REDIRECT Connect to Wi-Fi or data

REDIRECT View data usage

To check the battery level:

  1. Tap on settings icon to open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to the Device section and tap on Battery.
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    • The current battery level appears in the form of a percentage.

Under the current level percentage, you will also see Power save mode. Please visit this article to learn more about saving battery power.

Tip: The battery level also appears in the notification bar.
  1. Open the Settings app Settings 1.3 Settings 1.4 Settings- 2.0 (small) .
  2. Scroll down to the Device section until you see Battery. This view shows the percentage of battery life left.

Please visit this article to learn more about saving battery power.

Tip: The battery level also appears in the notification bar.

REDIRECT Share files using Bluetooth

  1. Notifications appear at the top of your home screen and on the lock screen.

    home screen notifications

  2. To open the Notifications tray, pull down from the top of your home screen.

    open notification tray

  3. To view a notification, tap it.
  4. Tap Clear All to remove all notifications from the screen.
Tip: Open the Settings app Settings icon , then tap Notifications to enable, disable, or customize notifications.

 

REDIRECT Turn on Airplane Mode

REDIRECT Notifications video tutorial

REDIRECT Send performance data to Mozilla

Advanced settings

TBD

Downloading and installing apps

REDIRECT Installing apps

Accessing the Marketplace from an Android Device

In order to run the Firefox Marketplace you need to have the latest version of Firefox for Android.

Launch Firefox and navigate to the Firefox Marketplace site (https://marketplace.firefox.com/)

Alternatively, you can follow these steps after launching Firefox to access the Firefox Marketplace:

  1. Press the Menu button of your phone.
  2. Select "Apps."
  3. Tap the top right icon.

 

REDIRECT How to use Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube on Firefox OS

REDIRECT How To Uninstall An Application

REDIRECT What is the Marketplace?

The Firefox Marketplace offers you two ways to find apps, you can browse for new apps or you can search for them.

Search

If you want to search for the name of the App that you are looking for you can:

  • From the home screen, tap on the magnifying glass search-glass and write your search keywords.
  • In any other page, type your search keywords at the top of the screen.

The search function allows you to explore apps using their name or specific keywords. For example, if you search for "game" you can find the list of all the available games.

Browsing

If you decide to browse the Firefox Marketplace to see what's available, you can do so by selecting one of the 6 categories at the bottom of the Home page. Each of them will show you a list of apps that you can download.

You can reduce the selection of apps by taping on the "Filter" button and selecting the topics that you are more interested in.

It possible to customize the view to show screenshots of the apps or show more apps without scrolling. To do so, press the view-toggle button.  

Fix Problems

REDIRECT Troubleshoot Firefox OS

Acknowlegements

The following contributors wrote and translated this user guide: Final list TBD