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Firefox Should Return Logins To Users Locally

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Several years ago, Mozilla and Firefox users could store and update their logins locally from the browser. Both Google Passwords and Firefox Lockwise have become irritants, since they "crash" frequently for both Linux desktop and Android phone users. The annoyances seem to be lessening with time; they are still frustrating. I continue to miss the power of managing my login data without having to visit or connect to a cloud. I understand that it's the wave of the future, but the Internet experience begins with the user, who is local. Firefox was a lot more friendly and fun back them. It makes me homesick for those sweeter days.

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Hi jonathan357, if you are using a "desktop" version of Firefox for Linux, Mac, or Windows, you do not need a separate Lockwise add-on or app; the Lockwise interface has been bolted on to the built-in password manager.

This Lockwise UI doesn't change the fact that Firefox's password manager stores your logins locally, optionally secured with a local Master Password. You can but do not need to log your Firefox in to a Firefox Account and you can but do not need to use Sync to share logins across your Firefox installations. Your locally saved logins will still be there if you disconnect from your Firefox Account, and/or if you change the types of data you sync, which is set on the Preferences page (called Options on Windows) -- that has its own panel you can select from the left column of the page.

Does that work for you?

Now, regarding Android:

I don't save logins in Firefox for Android or Firefox Preview, so I can't speak to how saved login management works from personal experience. Here are some article links that seem pertinent:

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Hi jonathan357, if you are using a "desktop" version of Firefox for Linux, Mac, or Windows, you do not need a separate Lockwise add-on or app; the Lockwise interface has been bolted on to the built-in password manager.

This Lockwise UI doesn't change the fact that Firefox's password manager stores your logins locally, optionally secured with a local Master Password. You can but do not need to log your Firefox in to a Firefox Account and you can but do not need to use Sync to share logins across your Firefox installations. Your locally saved logins will still be there if you disconnect from your Firefox Account, and/or if you change the types of data you sync, which is set on the Preferences page (called Options on Windows) -- that has its own panel you can select from the left column of the page.

Does that work for you?

Now, regarding Android:

I don't save logins in Firefox for Android or Firefox Preview, so I can't speak to how saved login management works from personal experience. Here are some article links that seem pertinent:

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An additional footnote: Every three to four weeks, I copy my login / password data, print it, and store these in a safe, accessible location. It's slightly tedious, but I don't have to worry about starting from scratch every time I lose my information. When the browser allowed me to store logins locally, I never had a problem.

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Jscher, thank you for the tip. The Internet has gone through so many drastic transformations that I did not realize the Master Password setup is still *local.* I will remember that...and place the Master Password in a special easy-to-get-to location. My Android phone will not allow me to sign into either Google Passwords or Lockwise right now, I cannot proceed beyond typing in my email address before hitting "send." Is this a system issue?

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jonathan357 said

My Android phone will not allow me to sign into either Google Passwords or Lockwise right now, I cannot proceed beyond typing in my email address before hitting "send." Is this a system issue?

It's weird that both are affected at the same time; I'm sure they use different servers on the back end. I don't know whether this could be a glitch with the network you're using or something else. ??

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Problems solved...thank you from a 1990's World Wide Web user. And beyond!

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