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How do I disable the "Send Firefox to your phone" message on updates?

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I don't use a smartphone. I use Firefox occasionally as a backup browser for when my main browser is busy or can't be used for some other reason. I don't want to expand my use of Firefox, but I do want to keep it updated. Unfortunately, every time it downloads a new update, it presents me with a new tab offering to send Firefox to my phone. How do I disable this. Ideally, I would like it to update completely silently, with no notification at all. If that is not possible, a simple message in the Notification Center (I use a Mac) is all I want. A whole extra page telling me about it and pushing me to expand my use of Firefox is too much. Additionally, I support users who are far to technologically inept to deal with these messages properly. Please make a way to disable these messages!

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hi Uniquark, you can try the following to get rid of that page: enter about:config into the firefox address bar (confirm the info message in case it shows up) & search for the preference named browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone. double-click it and change its value to ignore.

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Thanks philipp. I'll give that a try. I'm also now frequently getting a message at the top of the browser page about Firefox and my phone falling in love. That's not going to happen for obvious reasons. Is there a preference to disable that?

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it's not immediately clear to me what you are referring to with that message (never seen something like this before personally) - if i'd had to guess i would speculate that it may be related to https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/Shield/Heartbeat ...

could you take a screenshot of it the next time this happens? How do I create a screenshot of my problem?

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I think the Heartbeat is similar to what I'm seeing, but this thing is not seeking feedback. I would be happy to offer feedback, but I would really rather not have Firefox constantly asking me to donate or like it on Facebook. I don't use any of those social media sites and I don't have time to contribute code.

I will try to remember to take a screenshot, but it will probably be quite a while because, as I mentioned above, Firefox is just my secondary browser. I sometimes go weeks without using it.

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just had it confirmed that it is indeed the heartbeat mechanism displaying that (apparently it isn't only used for feedback anymore). they describe at the end of the wiki page how to turn it off & you won't see it anymore after that...

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Thank you, philipp. I'll give that a try.

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See the screenshot.

That is a "What's New" page that appears after a Firefox update. It should only appear once, after the restart to install the update that was just downloaded.

I saw that a few weeks ago when Firefox 50.0 was released; and then again on Monday when Firefox 50.0.1 was available; and then again today when Firefox 50.0.2 was released.

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Yes! That is the offending page. I want to turn it off for ALL future updates. I want a _silent_ update. My users are much too inexperienced for this type of intrusion.