Will Firefox be able to make a dent in your phone again? These are some of the reasons that could convince you.
A Mozilla Firefox you things are not going too well. At the end of 2018, 244 million users used this browser on a daily basis. Almost three years later, in the second quarter of 2021, the figure stands at 198 million users worldwide. This means that Firefox has lost no more and no less than 46 million users in this period.
There are many reasons for this. The advance of other browsers, most of them based on Chromium, such as Microsoft Edge , has made users leave aside options as interesting as Firefox. It is also true that the company has not made good decisions in recent years. For example, it does not support the installation of PWA applications. In view of this, is it worth giving it a try? In this article we go over some features of Firefox for Android and iOS that you will love. Some of them are sure to become the perfect excuse to reinstall it on your mobile.
SCAN A QR CODE FROM THE ADDRESS BAR
For all those who use QR codes on a regular basis, Firefox offers a reader located in the address bar. It is as simple as pressing in the text field to enter an address. At the top you will see how the button that serves as a direct access to the QR code reader appears. In the event that it leads to a web link, Firefox will automatically navigate to it.
ADD ANY SITE AS A SEARCH ENGINE
This is one of the most interesting tricks of Firefox. Mozilla’s browser allows you to add any site that has a search engine to the address bar . In this way, you can find content on your favorite sites without having to access them and directly from the navigation bar. How can you do it? Let’s take the search engine of tuexperto.com as an example to show you all the steps:
- Open Firefox settings.
- In the General section , click on Search .
- Scroll to the bottom of the list of options and tap Add search engine .
- Select Other . In the Name field , enter the name of the search engine. As in this case we want to locate content in your expert, we have used the name of the website to identify the search engine.
- In the Search string to use field, you must indicate the URL that the page uses to search. To locate it, do a search on the web you want to add. For example, our portal uses the following format: https://techtiper.com/?s=searchterm. Add this URL and change “search term” to% s. In our case it should look like this: https://techtiper.com/?s=%s.
From now on, Firefox will have added your expert (or the web of your choice) as one more search engine , along with Google or Wikipedia. Whenever you want to locate content on the preferred website, select it as the search engine and make a query from the address bar.
CREATE COLLECTIONS TO SAVE YOUR FAVORITE PAGES
Firefox collections are very practical for grouping websites on a specific topic or that are useful for a specific project. Actually, you can use them however it suits you best. Adding a site to a collection is as simple as pressing the Save to collection button , located in the context menu. The collections are synced with your Firefox account.
SEND CONTENT BETWEEN DIFFERENT DEVICES
One of the strengths of Firefox is the good synchronization it offers between devices. It is true that other browsers offer similar features. However, Mozilla’s browser has historically been very effective in this field. When you log in with an account on more than one device, it is possible to quickly send tabs between all of them. Remember that Firefox is available for Android TV and Fire TV , therefore it is possible to send pages from the phone to the TV in a few seconds. This can be an incentive to install Firefox on your mobile.
STOP INTERNET SITES FROM TRACKING YOU
Privacy is the lynchpin of Firefox. To begin with, we are talking about an open source browser. On the other hand, Mozilla is a non-profit foundation. So if what you want is a browser that respects your data, Firefox is a good option. Additionally, it has a strict mode that prevents you from being tracked. It’s in the settings under Enhanced Tracking Protection . Select the level of protection you want Firefox to apply while browsing.
DELETE ALL BROWSING DATA WHEN CLOSING FIREFOX
In addition to the aforementioned, this browser includes an automatic data erasure function. It is capable of running a cleanup that includes clearing cookies and history every time you exit Firefox. To activate it, follow these steps:
- Open Firefox settings.
- Go to Delete browsing data on exit .
- Choose the information that Firefox should delete and check the top box.
ADD PLUGINS LIKE IN DESKTOP BROWSER (ANDROID ONLY)
On Android, Firefox has an added advantage: it allows the installation of add-ons. If you are iOS users, don’t try to search for this feature. But those who have an Android device will be able to install ad blockers, anti-tracking extensions and even a plug-in that applies dark mode to all websites. Just access the context menu and tap on Add-ons .
USE THE GESTURES TO JUMP BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT TABS
Firefox allows you to jump between tabs with a very simple gesture. When you have more than one website open, all you have to do is slide the lower address bar from left to right . Quickly, the adjoining tab will be displayed on the screen. Repeat this gesture over and over to go from one tab to another very quickly.
READ YOUR FAVORITE NEWS IN A MORE FRIENDLY WAY WITH THE READER MODE
We put an end to these tricks and functions of Firefox that will make you install it on your phone talking about the reader mode . Every time you access a news item or article, the browser will automatically detect it. A page icon will appear next to the navigation bar. Tap on it so that the reading of the content becomes clearer and more minimalist. The reader mode removes all the elements of the page you visit and gives relevance only to the text.
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