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Unwanted update to beta version on Android?

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Suddenly Firefox updated on my Android phone and now none of my addons work, including my password manager and cookie manager. When I open the support link it opens to Firefox for Android beta Solutions. Addons are one of my main reason for using Firefox. Every article I've seen says there is no way to downgrade. If that's true I'll be switching to another browser that supports Chrome extensions, whether this version (79.0.4 (Build #2015757667)) is actually beta or not. Forced, irreversible updates with no warning that break critical functions. This is why I don't like the whole app store system, and again if true, this is totally inexcusable. I know this free software is a labor of love on the part of the developers, but I don't think I can deal with this update. A bunch of patronizing articles explaning why "we know what's best" is no better than Google or Microsoft. Anyway this was a major inconvenience coming without even a warning.

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Hi,

The people who answer questions here, for the most part, are other Firefox users volunteering their time (like me), not Mozilla employees or Firefox developers.

If you want to leave feedback for Firefox developers, you can go to the Firefox Help menu and select Submit Feedback... or use this link. Your feedback gets collected by a team of people who read it and gather data about the most common issues.

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Hi,

The people who answer questions here, for the most part, are other Firefox users volunteering their time (like me), not Mozilla employees or Firefox developers.

If you want to leave feedback for Firefox developers, you can go to the Firefox Help menu and select Submit Feedback... or use this link. Your feedback gets collected by a team of people who read it and gather data about the most common issues.

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Thanks for your reply. The Help menu brought me here so I didn't realize the difference.

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Seburo said

Hi, The people who answer questions here, for the most part, are other Firefox users volunteering their time (like me), not Mozilla employees or Firefox developers. If you want to leave feedback for Firefox developers, you can go to the Firefox Help menu and select Submit Feedback... or use this link. Your feedback gets collected by a team of people who read it and gather data about the most common issues.

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Um, Google Play Store has an "Auto-update apps" option that can be switched off, but the only way that you would be getting Beta updates is if you had installed Firefox Beta in the first place. In the Play Store, there's:

  1. Firefox browser: fast, private & safe
  2. Firefox for Android Beta

The first has orange backgrounds in the example screenshots and the second (Beta) has purple screenshots. Also, there's a "BETA" badge in the bottom, right corner of the Firefox logo. :)

EDIT: Unfortunately, there used to be the ESR channel Firefox, "Fennec F-Droid" from the F-Droid store until recently - but, it would seem that that builder has also switched to current - it is now on version 83.1.0 (same as the main branch, it would seem).

  • err, unless I'm mistaking and it only ever used to be just a rebranded compile (of current version, always)

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