Firefox Suggest FAQ

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What is Firefox Suggest?

Firefox Suggest is a new feature introduced in Firefox version 92 that provides website suggestions as you type into the address bar. It serves as a trustworthy guide to the better web, with relevant suggestions to help you accomplish your goals.

Note: Firefox Suggest is currently available in the United States. For users outside of the U.S., only local results (browsing history, bookmarks and open tab suggestions) are provided.

What’s on by default?

Firefox already provides suggestions from your default search engine as you type into the address bar. Firefox also shows you address bar autocomplete suggestions based on local data stored on your own computer, such as websites from your browsing history, bookmarks and open tabs. U.S. users will see this local data under a "Firefox Suggest" label in the address bar drop-down list.

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In addition to suggestions based on local data, Firefox Suggest results may also include contextual suggestions from the Web and occasional sponsored suggestions from Mozilla's partners, which are also on by default (any sponsored results will be clearly labeled). These are helpful suggestions from Firefox related to your search query and do not require new types of data. These suggestions from Firefox and Mozilla's partners will connect you with content from many sources, including Wikipedia, Pocket articles and product reviews. See this Mozilla blog post to learn more about Firefox Suggest and how it works.

What are smarter suggestions?

Mozilla will be rolling out a new offering for the Firefox Suggest experience — “Firefox Suggest with smarter contextual suggestions.” To deliver a personalized web experience with smarter results that requires less effort from you, Firefox will retrieve additional suggestions from a Mozilla service in real time, similar to the way suggestions are retrieved from your default search engine. To generate relevant suggestions, Firefox will send Mozilla search queries (what you are typing into the address bar), and city-level location (what's nearby and relevant, determined from your IP address). Firefox also informs the service if you click on a provided suggestion. This feature requires access to new data, so it will require you to affirmatively opt in before it is enabled. It will initially be offered to a small number of U.S. users.

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To enable these enhanced suggestions, simply click on Allow suggestions when you receive our notification prompt or Customize in settings to choose the experience you want and the types of suggestions that will show in the address bar.

What data does Mozilla share with its partners if you allow smarter suggestions?

Smarter suggestions may include content from partners, including sponsored suggestions. Before Mozilla shares any data with its Contextual Suggestion partners about which suggestions have been displayed or clicked, all personally identifying information is removed, and the data is sent through a Mozilla-owned proxy service rather than directly from your computer. To learn more about how Mozilla handles data, see this blog post.

Why would you enable the Improved Firefox Suggest Experience?

Firefox is creating a trustworthy guide to the better web, surfacing relevant information to users as they navigate the web. We're doing so by only collecting the data that we need to operate and update the functionality of Firefox Suggest based on our Lean Data and Data Privacy Principles.

When you enable the improved Firefox Suggest experience, it helps Firefox improve the overall search experience and suggest relevant information for users. To enable these suggestions, click Allow suggestions when you receive our notification prompt or go to the Address Bar - Firefox Suggest section in Firefox settings to choose the types of suggestions that will show in address bar results.

What data does Mozilla share with its partners if you allow or enable “Improve the Firefox Suggest Experience”?

Before Mozilla shares any data with its partners about which suggestions have been displayed or clicked, all personally identifying information is removed, and the data is sent through a Mozilla-owned proxy service rather than directly from your computer. Learn more about how Mozilla handles data.

Who Are Mozilla’s partners?

Privacy is fundamental to Mozilla's mission and we only work with partners that meet our privacy standards for Firefox. For sponsored results, our preferred partner is adMarketplace. We also provide results from Wikipedia. Results from Wikipedia are not sponsored.

How do I manage my Firefox Suggest settings?

You can change the types of suggestions that are displayed at any time. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. In the Menu bar at the top of the screen, click Firefox and select Preferences. Click the menu button Fx57Menu and select OptionsPreferences.Click the menu button Fx89menuButton and select Settings.

  2. Select Privacy & Security on the left and go down to the Address Bar — Firefox Suggest section.
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    • To enable or disable traditional address bar suggestions, such as results from your own browsing history and bookmarks, select or deselect the associated checkboxes.
    • To enable or disable contextual suggestions from the Web and Mozilla's partners, select or deselect the checkbox next to Contextual suggestions.
  1. In the Menu bar at the top of the screen, click Firefox and select Preferences. Click the menu button Fx57Menu and select OptionsPreferences.Click the menu button Fx89menuButton and select Settings.

  2. Select Privacy & Security on the left and go down to the Address Bar — Firefox Suggest section.
  3. To enable or disable any setting, click its checkbox or toggle switch.
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    • The checkboxes are for traditional address bar suggestions based on local data, such as results from your browsing history or bookmarks.
    • The toggle switches turn Firefox Suggest features on or off. For additional clarity, the grey information box will summarize your Firefox Suggest preference choices.

To learn more about Firefox Suggest settings, see the How to Customize Firefox Suggest Settings article.

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