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The automatic installation of Firefox updates without my knowledge or interaction is annoying. How do I switch back to either manual updates or being asked about if I want to update?

The automatic installation of Firefox updates without my knowledge or interaction is annoying. How do I switch back to either manual updates or being asked about if I want to update?

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I just noticed, my Firefox is managed by apt. So it's all my fault ^'_^

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I am looking for a solution like this: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/753852

But this one does not apply to the current version anymore

I am looking for a solution like this: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/753852 But this one does not apply to the current version anymore
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FredMcD
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Type about:preferences#advanced<enter> in the address bar. Under Advanced, Select Update.

[v56+]; Type about:preferences#general<enter> in the address bar. Select Update.

Check the settings. "Check for updates, but let you choose whether to install them"

Also turn off Use a background service to install updates <Windows Only>

Note: The setting to never check for updates was removed

How do you completely turn off update checks in Firefox v64? You can use a policies.json file to disable updates for all users. https://github.com/mozilla/policy-templates/blob/master/README.md

Type '''about:preferences#advanced'''<enter> in the address bar. Under '''Advanced, ''' Select '''Update. ''' [v56+]; Type '''about:preferences#general'''<enter> in the address bar. Select '''Update. ''' Check the settings. "Check for updates, but let you choose whether to install them" Also turn off '''Use a background service to install updates''' <Windows Only> '''Note:''' The setting to never check for updates was removed How do you completely turn off update checks in Firefox v64? You can use a policies.json file to disable updates for all users. https://github.com/mozilla/policy-templates/blob/master/README.md
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I am running version 68.0.1 64bit. There is no setting like "Check for updates, but let you choose whether to install them", I only get to chose whether to update search engines.

I am running version 68.0.1 64bit. There is no setting like "Check for updates, but let you choose whether to install them", I only get to chose whether to update search engines.
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FredMcD
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Do your settings look like this?

Do your settings look like this?
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Question owner

No, sadly it looks like this

No, sadly it looks like this
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I just noticed, my Firefox is managed by apt. So it's all my fault ^'_^

I just noticed, my Firefox is managed by apt. So it's all my fault ^'_^
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FredMcD
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What is managed by apt?

What is managed by apt?
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Firefox has been installed from packages. apt unattended upgrades ran in the background and I got a bit mad because having to restart Firefox lost me some of my work.

Firefox has been installed from packages. apt unattended upgrades ran in the background and I got a bit mad because having to restart Firefox lost me some of my work.
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FredMcD
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Back up and restore information in Firefox profiles.{web link} I use an add-on that makes backups of my user profile, Just In Case. Unfortunately, it is not compatible with the current Firefox.

Every now and then, open the profile folder and create a copy of the current profile as is to another location on your hard drive. This way you will have a backup.

If you do this each day, you will not lose much data. This should be done with Firefox Closed.

Note: In case you need to restore from these backups, you may need to overwrite old or corrupted files.

[[Back up and restore information in Firefox profiles]].{web link} I use an add-on that makes backups of my user profile, Just In Case. Unfortunately, it is not compatible with the current Firefox. Every now and then, open the profile folder and create a '''copy''' of the current profile '''as is''' to another location on your hard drive. This way you will have a backup. If you do this each day, you will not lose much data. This should be done with '''Firefox Closed. ''' Note: In case you need to restore from these backups, you may need to overwrite old or corrupted files.
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