Manage tabs in Firefox for Android

Firefox for Android lets you easily create and manage multiple tabs. This article will show you how it's done.

You can now group tabs into Collections. See Collections in Firefox to learn more.

Where are my tabs?

All of your open tabs are stored in the tabs tray. This is also where you open a new tab. Android tray - grid

Tap the Tab icon - Mobile tab icon next to the address bar to visit the tabs tray. The number indicates how many open tabs you have.

Android address bar

Private tabs

You can also view sites in Private browsing mode if you don't want Firefox to remember your browsing or search history. There is a seperate tabs tray for your private tabs.

To view your open private tabs:

  1. Tap the Tab icon - Mobile tab icon next to the address bar to visit the tabs tray. The number indicates how many open tabs you have.

    Android address bar
  2. Tap the Private browing fxios 13 pb icon to view your open private tabs.

Synced tabs

Once you’ve set up your free Firefox Account on Firefox for Android, you can sync your bookmarks, logins, open tabs and browsing history between devices. There is a separate tabs tray for viewing and opening your synced tabs.

To view your synced tabs:

  1. Tap the Tab icon - Mobile tab icon next to the address bar to visit the tabs tray. The number indicates how many open tabs you have.

    Android address bar
  2. Tap the Sync Firefox iOS 39 Synced icon icon to view your open synced tabs.

How do I open a tab?

Open a new blank tab

Tap the Tab icon - Mobile tab icon next to the address bar to visit the tabs tray. The number indicates how many open tabs you have.

Android address bar

  • To open a new tab, tap on the FenixNewTab button at the bottom right of the tabs tray.
  • To open a new tab in Private browsing mode, tap the mask icon to view private tabs and then tap the + PRIVATE button.
  1. To open a link in a new tab, do a long-tap on the link to open the contextual menu.
  2. On the contextual menu, tap Open Link in New Tab, or select Open Link in Private Tab to open the link in your private tabs.
  3. To quickly switch to your new tab, tap on the SWITCH option that appears immediately after you open a new tab.

Change open tabs view

You can view your open tabs in List view or Grid view:

Android tray - grid Android tab tray - list

To switch how your open tabs are displayed:

  1. Tap the Tab icon - Mobile tab icon next to the address bar to visit the tabs tray. The number indicates how many open tabs you have.

    Android address bar
  2. Tap the three-dot menu button in the tabs tray.

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  3. Under Tab view select either List or Grid view.

Reopen previously closed tabs

Note: Private browsing tabs will not appear in your History, so they cannot be reopened.
  1. Tap the Tab icon - Mobile tab icon next to the address bar to visit the tabs tray. The number indicates how many open tabs you have.

    Android address bar
  2. Tap the three-dot menu button in the tabs tray.

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  3. Tap Recently closed tabs.
  4. Tap the tab you want to open.
Tip: You can also view your recently closed tabs in the History panel.
  1. Tap on the three-dot menu button next to the address bar.
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  2. Select History.
  3. A list of recently visited sites will appear. Tap the the three-dot button of the page you wish to reopen.
  4. Tap Open Link in New Tab, or select Open Link in Private Tab to open the link in your private tabs.

How do I close tabs?

Close all open tabs

  1. Tap the Tab icon - Mobile tab icon next to the address bar to visit the tabs tray. The number indicates how many open tabs you have.

    Android address bar
    1. Tap the three-dot menu button in the tabs tray.

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  2. Select Close all tabs
  3. A Tabs closed notification will briefly appear, tap UNDO to reopen these tabs.

Auto-close open tabs

You can enable Firefox for Android to automatically close tabs after one day, one week or one month. Firefox won’t auto-close tabs by default. See this article to learn how to set your tabs to be regularly auto-closed.

Inactive tabs

Tabs that you haven’t viewed for two weeks will be moved to the inactive section. This setting is enabled by default. To change this setting:

  1. Tap the Tab icon - Mobile tab icon next to the address bar to visit the tabs tray. The number indicates how many open tabs you have.

    Android address bar
  2. Tap the three-dot menu button in the tabs tray.

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  3. Tap Tab settings.
  4. Under the Move old tabs to inactive section, tap the switch next to Tabs you haven't viewed for two weeks get moved to the inactive section to turn it off (gray) or on (purple).
Android move tabs to inactive setting

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