How to Customize Firefox Suggest Settings

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Firefox Suggest is a feature that provides website suggestions as you type into the address bar. This article describes what types of suggestions can be displayed and how to customize your Firefox Suggest settings.

Note: Firefox Suggest is currently available in the United States. For users outside of the U.S., only local results (browsing history, bookmarks and open tab suggestions) are provided.

What suggestions are enabled by default?

Firefox already provides suggestions from your default search engine as you type into the address bar. Firefox also shows you address bar autocomplete suggestions based on local data stored on your own computer, such as websites from your browsing history, bookmarks and open tabs. Beginning in Firefox version 92, U.S. users will see this local data under a "Firefox Suggest" label in the address bar drop-down list.

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Firefox Suggest results can include traditional suggestions such as browsing history, bookmarks and open tabs, as well as new, contextual suggestions from our partners.

Contextual suggestions and your data

If you’re in the U.S., you’ll get contextual suggestions based on local data. No user data is collected, stored, or shared to make these recommendations. These suggestions will connect you with content from many sources, including Wikipedia, Pocket articles, and product reviews. You may also see clearly labeled sponsored suggestions from Mozilla's trusted partners. To learn more about contextual suggestions and your data, see this blog post.

Smarter suggestions

Mozilla will be rolling out a new offering for the Firefox Suggest experience — “Firefox Suggest with smarter contextual suggestions.” To deliver a personalized web experience with smarter results that requires less effort from you, Firefox will retrieve additional suggestions from a Mozilla service in real time, similar to the way suggestions are retrieved from your default search engine. To generate relevant suggestions, Firefox will send Mozilla search queries (what you are typing into the address bar), and city-level location (what's nearby and relevant, determined from your IP address). Firefox also informs the service if you click on a provided suggestion. This feature requires access to new data, so it will require you to affirmatively opt in before it is enabled. It will initially be offered only to a small number of users in the U.S.

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To enable these enhanced suggestions, simply click on Allow suggestions when you receive our notification prompt or Customize in settings to choose the experience you want and the types of suggestions that will show in the address bar.

What data does Mozilla share with its partners if you allow smarter suggestions?

Smarter suggestions may include content from partners, including sponsored suggestions. Before Mozilla shares any data with its Contextual Suggestion partners about which suggestions have been displayed or clicked, all personally identifying information is removed, and the data is sent through a Mozilla-owned proxy service rather than directly from your computer. To learn more about how Mozilla handles data, see this blog post.

How to manage Firefox Suggest settings

You can change the types of suggestions that are displayed at any time. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. In the Menu bar at the top of the screen, click Firefox and select Preferences. Click the menu button Fx57Menu and select OptionsPreferences.Click the menu button Fx89menuButton and select Settings.

  2. Select Privacy & Security on the left and go down to the Address Bar — Firefox Suggest section.
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    Note: If you see the text, “Firefox will have access to your location, search queries, and visited sites” under Contextual suggestions, then Firefox Suggest with smarter suggestions is now available to you. This option is only enabled for users who have opted into it. If you don’t see this text, then ‘smarter contextual suggestions’ are not offered or enabled.
    • To enable or disable contextual suggestions, select or deselect the checkbox next to Contextual suggestions.
    • To enable or disable traditional address bar suggestions, such as Firefox Suggest results from browsing history and bookmarks, select or deselect the associated checkboxes.

What’s on by Default

Firefox already provides suggestions from your default search engine as you type into the address bar. Firefox also shows you address bar autocomplete suggestions based on local data stored on your own computer, such as websites from your browsing history, bookmarks and open tabs. Beginning in Firefox version 92, U.S. users will see this local data under a "Firefox Suggest" label in the address bar drop-down list.

Suggestions from the Web and Sponsored Suggestions are also on by default. These are helpful suggestions from Firefox related to your search and do not require new types of data.

What’s Opt-In

We are also rolling out an option to improve the Firefox Suggest experience. This option allows Mozilla to process search queries and will only be turned on if you explicitly select “Allow” via an opt-in modal or by going into preferences and selecting the preference, Improve the Firefox Suggest Experience. To learn more about the new data being processed, click here.

How to determine which Firefox Suggest experience you have:

  1. In the Menu bar at the top of the screen, click Firefox and select Preferences. Click the menu button Fx57Menu and select OptionsPreferences.Click the menu button Fx89menuButton and select Settings.

  2. Select Privacy & Security in the left panel.
  3. Scroll down to the section labeled Address bar—Firefox Suggest.
  4. Suggestions from the Web and Sponsored Suggestions are on by default and you can disable at any time.
  5. If the preference Improve the Firefox Suggest Experience is toggled on, query processing is turned on and you are actively helping Mozilla improve the search experience.
  6. For additional clarity, the grey info box below preferences will summarize your preference choice.

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If you see the text, “Based on your selection, you'll receive suggestions from the web, including sponsored suggestions. We will process your search query data to develop the Firefox Suggest feature”, you have enabled our newest search experience.

How to configure your Firefox Suggest settings

Every suggestion type within Preferences can be disabled or enabled at any time — the types of suggestions you receive are completely up to you.

For people without Improving Firefox Suggest enabled (this will be most people):

  1. In the Menu bar at the top of the screen, click Firefox and select Preferences. Click the menu button Fx57Menu and select OptionsPreferences.Click the menu button Fx89menuButton and select Settings.

  2. Select Privacy & Security in the left panel.
  3. Scroll down to the section labeled Address bar—Firefox Suggest.
  4. If the preference Improve the Firefox Suggest Experience is toggled off, query processing is turned off.
  5. For additional clarity, the grey info box below preferences will summarize your preference choice.

FxSuggestsettings2 Settings for Firefox Suggest without search query processing

For people with Improving Firefox Suggest enabled (this will be a small number of people)

  1. In the Menu bar at the top of the screen, click Firefox and select Preferences. Click the menu button Fx57Menu and select OptionsPreferences.Click the menu button Fx89menuButton and select Settings.

  2. Select Privacy & Security in the left panel.
  3. Scroll down to the section labeled Address bar—Firefox Suggest.
  4. If the preference Improve the Firefox Suggest Experience is toggled on, query processing is turned on and you are actively helping Mozilla improve the search experience.
  5. For additional clarity, the grey info box below preferences will summarize your preference choice.

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Settings for Firefox Suggest with search query processing

Who Are Mozilla’s partners?

We partner with organizations to serve up some of these suggestion types. Privacy is fundamental to Mozilla's mission and we only work with partners that meet our privacy standards for Firefox. For sponsored results, our preferred partner is adMarketplace. We also provide results from Wikipedia. Results from Wikipedia are not sponsored.

Frequently asked questions

If you have more questions about Firefox Suggest, visit the Firefox Suggest FAQ.

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