This article addresses a series of common questions that you might have regarding the Firefox upgrade.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is the updated Firefox for Android? How is it better and different from the old Firefox for Android?
- 2 How do I get upgraded?
- 3 What happens during the upgrade?
- 4 What do I get after upgrading?
- 5 Some features are different/missing in the new browser. Will they be added?
- 6 Can I go back to the old Firefox for Android browser once I upgrade?
- 7 What if I choose to stick with an older version?
- 8 How do I obtain the latest versions of Firefox after upgrading?
What is the updated Firefox for Android? How is it better and different from the old Firefox for Android?
The updated Firefox includes new features such as Enhanced Tracking Protection, Collections and customization options, such as dark mode and the ability to move the toolbar to the top or bottom of your screen. Its new architecture, codebase, GeckoView engine and Android components give you better performance, deeper privacy settings and features while allowing us to provide you with quick improvements and updates.
How do I get upgraded?
If you meet the following requirements, you’ll be upgraded automatically - no need to do a thing:
- Automatic app updates are enabled for Firefox for Android
- You’re on Android 5+
- You’re on Firefox for Android version 59+
If you’re on an older version of Firefox for Android (59 or below) you won't be upgraded. If you’re on an older version of Android, we recommend upgrading your OS or acquiring a device that supports a newer Android OS to get the new browser.
What happens during the upgrade?
If you meet the requirements (Android 5+ and Firefox for Android 59+), the migration from the Firefox for Android Nightly test version to the new Firefox started in early 2020. The Firefox for Android Beta and general release migrations will follow and the final migration will occur in Spring 2020.
If you’re on an older version of Firefox for Android (below 59), you won’t be migrated completely. Older versions of Android (below 5) won’t be migrated at all.
Items that will be migrated
- Open tabs
- Firefox Account (your login will migrate to the new browser)
- Cookies and partial browser cache
- Top sites
- Logins (only if you’ve disabled your master password)
- Default search engines. Custom search engines will need to be set up manually. (See article.)
What do I get after upgrading?
In addition to better performance and security, you’ll get some of your favorite features from the old Firefox for Android along with some brand new ones that will be available only in the new Firefox. Note: Pocket stories will be available shortly after you upgrade.
With the updated Firefox's faster release cycle, you can get new features quickly and more easily. Here are the ones that are available now (more are on the way):
- Set Firefox Preview as your default browser
- Enhanced Tracking Protection
- Dark mode and other theme customization options
- Move your toolbar at the top or bottom of your screen
Some features are different/missing in the new browser. Will they be added?
We’ll be releasing new features, especially the ones proven to be popular, with every major release.
Can I go back to the old Firefox for Android browser once I upgrade?
No, once you’ve upgraded to the new browser, you won’t be able to return to the old browser. If you’re on an older version of Android (pre-5), you will won’t be able to download Firefox for Android. We recommend upgrading to the new browser as the old browser will stop receiving updates in 2020. The new browser will have a faster release cycle so you'll receive new enhancements more frequently.
What if I choose to stick with an older version?
If you choose to stay on an older version, you won’t receive any security updates, further support or new features.
How do I obtain the latest versions of Firefox after upgrading?
We suggest keeping your browser updated for the latest security and performance enhancements. See Update to the latest version of Firefox on Android to learn how to update.