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Install Firefox on an Android device using Google Play

To see if your device is supported, read Will Firefox work on my mobile device?
Before you begin: If you have installed and set up sync for any version of Firefox Beta, Aurora, or Nightly, you must uninstall that version before setting up sync on Firefox for Android.

Downloading and installing Firefox for Android

  1. To download and install Firefox on your device just go to the Firefox download page and tap the download button.
  2. The Firefox page on Google Play will open. Tap the Install button.
  3. Accept the permissions to begin the download.
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  4. When the download is complete, tap the Open button.
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See /forums/knowledge-base-articles/704920 for related discussions about this article.

AaronMT replaced Firefox 4 by Firefox 5 and Android 2.0 by 2.1.

Instead of replacing the Firefox version, I removed it. I also added keywords.

It needs review.

Is this article ready for translation?

Thanks, Michelle

mluna approved it on July, 21th.

As described in https://wiki.mozilla.org/Support/Article_Tracking#Updates_for_Firefox..., add the mobile language choice on first run.

The only part of the feature that landed was button on the home screen that takes you to the language section of the preferences. It's pretty self-explanatory. If you get confused and need help, Michelle created Change the default language of Firefox for Android

This article seems to be related to https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/will-firefox-work-my-mobile-device and once one is updated, the other should be too at the same time to meet with changes.. Or should we merge the articles together?

I think this article needs a link to ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mobile/releases/latest/android/ or something like that. Maybe a page like https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/ so people can download Firefox for Android without have be a user of google play.

I intended to post the same question and noticed this thread.

Pro: as not everyone is willing to use Google Play, they should be given an option to download Firefox from Mozilla directly. Con: downloading from another location than GP does not offer Firefox updates.

This article is now about downloading using Google Play only and there is a policy about advising people to use that if I understand correctly, so it may look a bit "undermining" to link to other locations from here. However, no other support article on downloading Firefox for Android seems to exist at this point (this was the general one that changed to an article for GP), and when adding such links anywhere else (a new article?), that argument will fail anyway. Other places for downloading are available, so in order to serve users we could probably link to them on Sumo as well without any harm but with those aspects mentioned.

There would probably be 2 options currently:

  • Include a link to https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mobile/releases/ (similar to desktop instructions for downloading older versions) which includes apk's for all available versions, both multilocale and localized. The /latest/ directory no longer points to the latest release’s directory - instead it has a Readme showing instructions on how to include one or more download links for multilocale and localized versions that can be used. Access to ftp:// has been deprecated recently.

See bug 686489 and bug 1226476 for more info.

Personally, I’d include one or both options and rename the article to exclude Google Play instead of creating a new one, unless some agreement is broken by that.

Sidenote: this article was updated Dec 2014, renamed July 2015, and marked RFL just today, so it was really outdated and pointed to the Partner page when clicking the download link. Please let’s make sure that changes like the ones in here don’t remain unnoticed in the future, as these instructions should probably be kept up-to-date for any locale.