Question

Why is Firefox on Android so large? It uses 20-60MB and fills up the volume? (App: 24MB. Data: 30MB+)

Summary:

Firefox is using too much space on my Android phone and this is causing problems on my phone such as "Low on space" errors. Android applications are unable to receive security updates due to Firefox's high space utilization, which is a security problem.

Why does Firefox use so much space and how can I prevent or resolve this problem?

Details:

I am running Firefox 18.0 on Android 2.3.4. I moved Firefox to my 8GB SD Card. This problem happens in Firefox 19 & Firefox 20 as well.

Firefox is using a huge amount of space. It is the largest application on my phone by a long shot. It seems that Firefox will grow without bounds until it triggers a "Low on space" warning on the Android device. When this "Low on space" warning is reached, Firefox becomes unstable, and I am unable to install other Android applications. Often applications are unable to update themselves due to Firefox's high space utilization, and cannot receive security updates which is a security problem.

Please see the following screenshot which shows that Firefox is using about 30MB worth of space, and is about twice as large as the next largest App, Google Maps.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7di3oh1p98bh68v/AoxNuqMKd4/2013.01.20-16.17.40.jpeg

If I go to "Settings: Applications: Storage Use: Firefox", Android tells me that Firefox is using the following amount of space:

   Storage:
   Total: 29.60Mb
   Application: 1.85MB
   Data: 27.76MB
   Cache: 0.00B

When Firefox is freshly installed, the "Total:" use is closer to 3MB. But within a few days, this number grows to 30MB.

Why does Firefox use so much space and how can I prevent or resolve this problem?

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