Getting started with Firefox for mobile

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New to Firefox for mobile? Well you’ve come to the right place. This article covers all the basics and will get you up and running in just a few minutes. It also has links to other great articles that you might want to explore later.

Where are all of the controls?

To save space on your device's display, Firefox's browser controls are stowed away on the sides of the screen. You can access them by swiping your finger left or right.

  • Swipe right to show your tabs and the New Tab button.
  • Swipe left to reveal the bookmark Star button, the Back and Forward buttons and the Gear button which lets you access the Preference, Downloads and Add-ons screens.
  • In addition, swiping either left, right or down will bring up the location bar which contains:
    • The site icon: Tap to see the site menu with page-specific options.
    • The location bar: Tap to open the Awesome Screen
    • The combination reload and stop button: Tap to stop loading or to reload a page.

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  • Tap the hardware Menu button on your device to view the Site Options, Preferences, Add-ons, Share Page, Find In Page and More controls.
  • Tap More to access Downloads or to use the Save as PDF function.

Hardware Menu

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  • Tap the hardware Menu button on your device to view the Site Options, Preferences, Add-ons, Share Page, Find In Page and More controls.
  • Tap More to access Downloads, to Quit Firefox or to use the Save as PDF function.

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How do I open a new tab?

  1. Swipe to the right to select the New Tab button located on the bottom, left side of the screen.
  2. You'll be taken to the Awesome Screen and a list of your most visited sites. You can type the name or address of the website you're looking for or just choose it from a list of your bookmarks, history and tabs.

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For more tab tricks, see Using Tabs on Firefox for Android.

How do I quickly find the site I want?

  1. Open the Awesome Screen by tapping in the location bar at the top of any page or by creating a new tab.
  2. Then simply select a site from the list of your most visited sites.
    • You can also search through your bookmarks, history, and desktop tabs. Just tap on one of the results to go to that page.

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How do I bookmark a site?

  1. Just go to the site you want to bookmark, swipe to the left and tap the Star button. The star will turn yellow to let you know the bookmark has been saved.

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How do I zoom into a website?

To make Firefox zoom into a section of website, just double-tap the area you'd like to see. Double-tap again to zoom out.

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For more about zoom settings see, Zoom in and out of websites on Firefox for Android

How do I copy and paste text?

Just long-tap a word to select it on a web page or within an entry field, then tap it again to copy it to the clipboard.

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For more about copy and paste, see How do I copy and paste text on Android?.

How do I manage downloads?

  1. Swipe to the left and tap the Gear button located on the bottom, right side of the screen.
  2. Select the downloads (downward arrow) tab to manage your downloads.

Mobile Downloads

How do I sync Firefox between my desktop and mobile?

You can use Firefox Sync to share your bookmarks, passwords, settings, history, and tabs between your desktop and mobile. First just set up Firefox Sync on your desktop and then add your mobile device with the easy setup code.

How do I find and install add-ons?

You can browse through and search for add-ons right inside of Firefox.

  1. To start, swipe to the left and tap the Gear button located on the bottom, right side of the screen.
  2. Select the add-ons (puzzle piece) tab and scroll down to see an add-ons search bar and a list of popular add-ons .
  3. To install an add-on, tap to select it and then tap Add to Firefox.

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To learn more about add-ons see, Find and install Add-ons on Firefox for Android

New to Firefox for mobile? Well you’ve come to the right place. This article covers all the basics and will get you up and running in just a few minutes. It also has links to other great articles that you might want to explore later.

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Where are all of the controls?

The two main controls you'll use most often are the Title bar and the Tab.

Tap the Title bar to open your Bookmarks, history, and top sites lists. Select a web site to visit, or type the name of the site or search term you want to find.

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Tap the Tab to open a new tab or to change tabs.

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Tap the hardware Menu button on your device to view the Back, Forward, Bookmark, Share, Save as PDF and More buttons.

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Tap the More button to view the Clear Site Settings, Add-ons, Settings, and Quit items.

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Tap Settings to modify your settings for Sync, Plugins, font size and Privacy and Security features like clearing history and clearing private data.

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How do I use Privacy and Security settings to stay safe online?

Firefox for mobile provides tools and features to help you stay safe and feel secure online on your mobile device.

  • Keep your browser up-to-date.

An important part of staying safe online is updating your browser regularly for security improvements. With Firefox, you get updates every six weeks that inherit all of the security updates we develop for desktop Firefox. So, you get the benefit of the 450 million users who depend on Firefox for security on their desktops when you use Firefox mobile. If there is a security threat out there, chances are we know about it and we'll get a fix into Firefox mobile sooner than other mobile browsers will.

  • Avoid providing personal information (passwords, credit cards, addresses, etc.) to sites that are unfamiliar to you. Only use trusted bookmarks for logging into sites and look for the padlock icon in the Firefox Title bar before entering credentials.

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  • The padlock means we have some level of proof that the site is who is claims to be and that the communication with the site is encrypted. Encrypted means the communication is private and that someone on your wireless network couldn't see what you're doing.

Not true: Firefox mobile includes anti-malware and anti-phishing technology that are built into the browser at no expense to your privacy. This means that we can protect you from web sites that are known to be malicious, but we won't track your browsing for advertising purposes.

  • Avoid logging into sites when you are connected to an open WiFi network, anyone in the vicinity of an open network can view your personal information, so only use password-protected networks when making purchases or logging into personal web sites. If you see the padlock on the login page, then you know your password won't go into the clear, where it can be read by someone who is eavesdropping.
  • Use a Master Password to secure Firefox mobile in the event that you lose your device.

It is easy to set up a master password in Firefox mobile on the Settings screen, so you have the convenience of a browser that remembers your passwords, but the safety of a master password to lock your username and passwords for all of your favorite sites.

  • Enable or disable cookies to prevent sites from collecting your personal data. But, many sites require the use of cookies, so Firefox has a clear private data feature, so you can delete your passwords and cookies regularly. You can clear private data clears pwords and cookies, then clear history and clear site settings. Users should clear if they want to feel more secure. Cookies have different timeouts. Evidence you went to a site, and could possibly include information about what you did on the site. Disable cookies just for the most private browsing we can provide now.
  • Clear recent history on your phone to protect your privacy if you share your device.
  • Tell sites not to track you.

Firefox for mobile is the first mobile browser to provide the Do Not Track technology on mobile devices because Mozilla is committed to your privacy and to technologies that enable user sovereignty on the open web.

  • Block pop-ups.
  • Sync encryption
  • fend off hijackers
  • Sync encryption
  • Password management
  • Master password
  • Clear recent history
  • Clear private data
  • Do not track

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DNT: Tells websites that you don't want to be tracked for advertising purposes

Updates through the market, recent certificate updates without any dependence on carriers. OUr responce is quicker than google themselves.

Sync, don't need to type your password, you can take your password with you, say you have a saved password on your desktop, you don't need to type them in. So, you can use a strong password to keep it safe, protected by master password and you don't have to type it in.

Click to play for plugins set by default, help with performance, but in general if you go to a site and you don't want to interact with a plugin, so you can't just get hacked without inteacting with the page. You would have to click it to get hacked.

Adblock-plus, noscript: disable javascript for some sites, less heavy-handed than turning it off in your browser settings. Turning it off is the settings can make you feel safer even, since pages can't run any scripts.

Android best practices for security and moz secure-development guidelines, security testing just like desktop firefox. Security testing called fuzzing, make sure its robust enough to handle all kinds of crazy data and making sure it doesn't crash. We do specific testing for the ARM processer. When something crashes, if you feed just the right input, you can control execution processes and do what they want subject to permissions. Desing reviews, code reviews and hostile testing.

Permissions: we review the permissions to ensure we don't have ones we don't need and document them.

Sync encryption: the promise is that we don't have access to your data, bookmarks history and passwords, form fill data your address and card info (possibly) name, anything else you type into a field.

Doorhanger password is stored internally to firefox; stored in a place where only firefox can access them and cannot be accessed by other programs. Even if a malware infected you, it couldn't access your data.

Beware of any Fake firefox in the market; be sure to get it from the market, and that it looks like the familiar Firefox, the author should be Mozilla. Any faker still couldn't get your data. Always install release and beta from the market.

Sharing data storage: native has its own storage, it doesn't use the browser storage, no other apps can access it.


How do I open a new tab?

  1. Tap the gray tab at the top of the screen and tap the + icon.
  2. You'll be taken to the Awesome Screen and a list of your most visited sites. You can type the name or address of the website you're looking for or just choose it from a list of your bookmarks, history and tabs.

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For more tab tricks, see Using Tabs on Firefox for Android.

How do I quickly find the site I want?

  1. Open the Awesome Screen by tapping in the location bar at the top of any page or by creating a new tab.
  2. Then simply select a site from the list of your most visited sites.
    • You can also search through your bookmarks and history. Just tap on one of the results to go to that page.

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How do I bookmark a site?

  1. Just go to the site you want to bookmark, tap the hardware Menu button.
  2. Tap the Bookmark star. The star will turn yellow to let you know the bookmark has been saved.

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How do I zoom into a website?

To make Firefox zoom into a section of website, just double-tap the area you'd like to see. Double-tap again to zoom out.

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For more about zoom settings see, Zoom in and out of websites on Firefox for Android

How do I manage downloads?

  1. Go to All apps on your android device.
  2. Select the downloads (downward arrow) tab to manage your downloads.

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How do I sync Firefox between my desktop and mobile?

You can use Firefox Sync to share your bookmarks and history between your desktop and mobile. First just set up Firefox Sync on your desktop and then add your mobile device with the easy setup code.

How do I find and install add-ons?

You can browse through and search for add-ons right inside of Firefox.

  1. To start, tap the hardware Menu button and select Add-ons.
  2. The Add-ons manager screen appears, where you can see installed add-ons and search for new add-ons.
  3. To install an add-on, tap to select it and then tap Add to Firefox.

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To learn more about add-ons see, Find and install Add-ons on Firefox for Android