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For my Home page, how do I write a link to a local file on my iPhone?

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I'm a longtime Firefox user on Windows PCs and Android phones. I recently bought an iPhone as my main phone, and am running Firefox (22.0) for iOS on it. Generally works okay, but I have one issue that I've not been able to resolve, one that was easy to do under Windows and Android.

I want to use as my Home page an HTML file that I created. It's what I use on my PC and also on the previous Android phone. In Firefox on my computer under Settings / Home, the Custom URL to that file looks like this:

file:///C:/Users/Myname/Documents/Misc/homepage.htm

So the file is simply "homepage.htm" that's stored in a folder called "Misc". The link is similar under Android, in that I can simply type in the path if I want.

I have that HTML file stored on the new iPhone, but I don't know how to reference it with a similar "file://etc". Nor can I simply "share" it with Firefox, as Firefox isn't offered as one of the several Share options.

When I show the Info for the file, the location is in a folder I created called "On My iPhone > My Data". So, basically, how can I reference that for the Custom URL for Firefox's home page? Thanks for your help.

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Unfortunately this isn't possible on IOS, it rejects anything that isn't an weburl, it doesn't seem there is a way to do a local file for it.

I'd suggest submitting feedback about this, it might be something that can be changed on Firefox's side, but it is likely an OS limitation

https://qsurvey.mozilla.com/s3/FirefoxInput/

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Unfortunately this isn't possible on IOS, it rejects anything that isn't an weburl, it doesn't seem there is a way to do a local file for it.

I'd suggest submitting feedback about this, it might be something that can be changed on Firefox's side, but it is likely an OS limitation

https://qsurvey.mozilla.com/s3/FirefoxInput/

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Thanks evhenry, and it's maybe why I've spent so much time trying to do what is a simple task under Windows or Android. I can see that it's not a Firefox issue, it's that iOS is set up to be that way. On an Android phone, I had access to everything on the phone, for better or worse. Easy to copy music files or documents, and easy to refer to a file in the local storage for Firefox's home page. I'll wait to see if anyone else offers a though on this issue, before marking your conclusion as "problem solved". Oh, I do have one more thing to try - I'll post my home-page file on the Web, and refer to *that* as a Firefox home page. That would work, but weird if that's the only solution.

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And now 5 minutes later, I can report that posting my home page file on my space on the Web did the trick. I could then enter a standard URL in Firefox and it finds the file as my home page, as expected. So I'm happy to declare this a "solution", but what a pain! But it's in line with your conclusion evhenry, so I will select your post as problem solved.

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