Using Tabs on Firefox for Android

Revision Information
  • Revision id: 44031
  • Created:
  • Creator: Roland Tanglao
  • Comment: DO NOT APPROVE! WORK IN PROGRESS - needs feedback for switch to tab
  • Reviewed: No
  • Ready for localization: No
Revision Source
Revision Content

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

Where are my tabs?

To view your tabs in Firefox for Android, just swipe to the right and you'll see a sidebar containing a thumbnail for each tab. You can select any tab by tapping on it. When you're done, swipe to the left to bring the web page back in view.

Mobile Tabs

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.
See Customize the Firefox home screen for more Awesome Screen tricks.

Mobile Tabs1

How do I close and reopen tabs?

Swipe to the right to see a list of your tabs. Tap the red close button on a tab to close it.

If you close a tab by mistake, you can reopen the last closed tab by tapping the green restore button at the bottom, left side of the screen.

Mobile Tabs2

How do I open a link in a new tab?

  1. To open a link in a new tab, do a long-tap on the link to open the contextual menu.
  2. Tap Open Link in New Tab.
  3. You'll see a notification that a new tab was opened.

    Mobile Tabs3
  4. To switch to your new tab, swipe to the right and tap on the new tab's thumbnail.

    Mobile Tabs4

Firefox for Android tabbed browsing

This tutorial shows you how to use tabs.

Where are my tabs?

  1. To view your tabs in Firefox for Android, just tap the tab in the upper-right to see a drop-down of tabs with thumbnail images.
  2. Select any tab by tapping on it.

    tabs_native
  3. If you have Sync setup, you can access tabs that are open on your desktop Firefox through the Synced Tabs link.

How do I open a new tab?

  1. Tap the + plus to open a new tab.
  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.

How do I close tabs?

Tap the X next to the thumbnail to close a tab.

How do I open a link in a new tab?

  1. To open a link in a new tab, do a long-tap on the link to open the contextual menu.
  2. Tap Open Link in New Tab. You'll see a notification that a new tab was opened.
  3. To switch to your new tab, hit the back button. The number on the tab will increment and the web page appears.

Switch to tab

Tap the title bar and start entering text. If a match is found for one of your open tabs, then the results will display a tab icon and the text "Switch to tab". Tapping "Switch to tab" will switch you to the already open tab instead of creating a duplicate.

Android switch to tab jelly bean 480 wide