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Desperately need to downgrade my new Firefox on Android tablet! PLEAS HELP!

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I just update Firefox on my Samsung Tablet, and it was a terrible mistake. Not only did it lose all of my bookmarks, but now I can't open separate tabs. Yes, it SAYS it still allows tabs, but be real - if I can just click on it, it's not a 'tab' it's another window. I use tabs precisely because I don't want to spent my valuable time hunting for the window I need.

I tried several ways to downgrade, and none of them worked. Can someone please help me revert to the last version of Firefox that had real tabs, not this stupid 'Tab Tray'? I'm pretty sure the the book marks issue is hopeless, since I have no interest in syncing my computer and my tablet, but an suggestions on that would be welcome too.

Thanks!

I just update Firefox on my Samsung Tablet, and it was a terrible mistake. Not only did it lose all of my bookmarks, but now I can't open separate tabs. Yes, it SAYS it still allows tabs, but be real - if I can just click on it, it's not a 'tab' it's another window. I use tabs precisely because I don't want to spent my valuable time hunting for the window I need. I tried several ways to downgrade, and none of them worked. Can someone please help me revert to the last version of Firefox that had real tabs, not this stupid 'Tab Tray'? I'm pretty sure the the book marks issue is hopeless, since I have no interest in syncing my computer and my tablet, but an suggestions on that would be welcome too. Thanks!

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Hi

It sounds like you have just updated your copy of Firefox for Android for the first time in a couple of years and have moved from version 68 to version 102.

Our developers are aware that the tablet interface does need some work and you are welcome to provide feedback at this link. Your feedback gets collected by a team of people who read it and gather data about the most common issues.

You can also file a bug report or feature request. See File a bug report or feature request for Mozilla products for details.

I strongly recommend that you do not downgrade as you will not have important security and stability improvements and the app may not update in the future. The very act of downgrading involves turning off an important security control for your Android device.

If you really must, you can find version 68 at https://archive.mozilla.org/pub/mobile/releases/68.11.0/ for you to sideload. Installing and using this app is now unsupported.

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Thanks so much Paul!

I didn't realize that Firefox wasn't automatically updating. That DOES explain why I was turning up a bunch of articles from 2020 about this, though.

So, a few questions, if you're feeling kind:

I realize that downgrading comes with problems, but Firefox is useless to me like this - it might as well just be a random floating search bar. So, can you suggest any alternatives to downgrading that would make Firefox usable again?

Clearly, if this bug is over 2 years old, the developers don't care to fix it, but is there a plug-in or something? I hate the thought of using something other than Firefox, especially since it's an Android tablet, so Safari isn't an option.

Finally, I am the least techy person capable to using computers. Would you tell me how to determine which of the links on that page you kindly supplied is the correct one to downgrade on a SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 10.4" 128GB tablet?

I'll try to report this as a bug/feature request, too, though I have little hope, if it's really 2 years old.

Thanks again for taking the time to help! I've never had a major problem with Firefox before this.

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It is likely to be one of the first four on the list (with names starting "android-"). As i mentioned above, this is not recommended and is not supported. Firefox for Android is usable on Android, it just looks a little different on a tablet.

You can follow progress on the work to improve the tablet experience and add comments at: https://github.com/mozilla-mobile/fenix/issues/14921

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The tablet has a Cortex-A73 or Cortex-A53 which are ARMv8-A so I think you need the aarch64 version.

https://archive.mozilla.org/pub/mobile/releases/68.11.0/android-aarch64/