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Firefox for android adds recently visited sites to my "shortcuts" randomly. So frustrating...

It seems like such a simple thing to ask. I want to be able to manually create a couple shortcuts to load my favorite web pages. The whole point of a shortcut is to avo… (read more)

It seems like such a simple thing to ask. I want to be able to manually create a couple shortcuts to load my favorite web pages. The whole point of a shortcut is to avoid clutter, and streamline the process of using your favorite websites, right?

I manually add three shortcuts to my "firefox home screen". Google, Google news, and another page that is hosted on my local network. That's it. I don't want recommended sites, affiliate links, suggestions, or sites from my history clogging up my very short list of favorite website shortcuts. For this reason I configured the home screen to ONLY show "Shortcuts". Sponsored shortcuts, jump back in, recent bookmarks, recently visited, and pocket are all turned OFF. Still, I sometimes get new shortcuts to other sites I have visited added to my home screen (without the pin icon) randomly. Some sites that I visit sometimes appear there....but not always. Just randomly. If I wanted to have my history appear in shortcuts I supposed I would check the option to show recently visited sites...but I don't. Why would I want shortcuts added for random sites I have visited when I could just look at my history? If every site I visit has the potential to be added to my shortcuts randomly, how does that make using shortcuts a convenience? It doesn't seem to matter what I want because Firefox just does it anyway....sometimes....

The only way to remove these random automatic shortcuts is to remove them from my history individually or clear my entire history. This means I'm constantly fighting to keep these randomly created shortcuts at bay. I don't want to necessarily remove sites from my history, I just don't want them to randomly auto appear on my manually curated list of shortcuts.

I attempted to work around this issue by using the "Add to my Home Screen" option. I could just have shortcuts on my android home screen instead of the Firefox browser home screen. Then I can turn off the shortcuts option under "customize my home screen" entirely. Unfortunately this works fine for some sites, but for others that option is replaced with "Install" instead. I assume this is meant to install the app associated with that domain. I don't want to install the Google News app or I would do so in the app store, not with my non-google web browser. That's a moot point though because tapping on "install" doesn't install anything anyway, but rather it does the same exact thing that "Add to my Home Screen" does. It adds a shortcut to my home screen. Great! Except the problem now is that when I use that home screen shortcut, all of the Firefox UI breaks (Incidentally this also happens to the Brave Browser as well). I have no address bar, no menus, no tabs. It's as if I'm looking at the Google News app instead of a page in Firefox. I do not have the Google News app installed, so I know that is not the case.

I have posted comments about this in the google play store firefox page, and even emailed developers. The only response I got was a confusing explanation that this feature was added to mirror the functionality of the desktop browser. Either I didn't explain my problem well enough or they didn't read my explanation. This is why I posting yet again in another place, and I'm trying to be very detailed in my explanation so there is no misunderstanding my issue.

I am a huge advocate for Firefox. I recommend it to everyone and I have been using it personally for decades. Before there was even a Chrome! So imagine how painful it is for me to be trying out Brave or even Samsung's "Internet" to see if they are viable alternatives to Firefox. It doesn't seem like I'm asking for something unreasonable... I just want a few icons on my screen that I can tap on to open my favorite web pages. I don't care if it's on the android home screen or the Firefox home screen, although I should be able to choose either or both. Unfortunately neither method seems to work without bugging out.

Again, I'm a big FF advocate. I would love to see you back on top instead of having a 1% market share....but I can hardly sympathize with your plight when what should be basic functionality is not working correctly.

Please make it so that random sites that I visit aren't added to shortcuts, at least unless I have enabled "recent" options. Please make it so that I can add ANY website to my android home screen, without seeing the confusing alternative choice, "Install". Please make it so that websites cannot interfere with the Firefox UI. If I am indeed using Firefox to view a page, then I should at all times have the UI available. I should always have access to the basic functionality of a browser, such as stop, reload, bookmarks, history, help, about, etc.

Asked by Aoxo 4 months ago

Last reply by Allan 3 hours ago

Proxy Server Refused Connection Error

Getting error Proxy Server Refused Connection sometime from past few days. Unable to browse any website. I have mobile connection with BSNL network provider, and with oth… (read more)

Getting error Proxy Server Refused Connection sometime from past few days. Unable to browse any website. I have mobile connection with BSNL network provider, and with other networks or VPN, it's do work fine.

With my current network provider (BSNL) all other apps and browsers working fine.

Also uninstalled and reinstalled app but issue still persist.

Asked by Mihir Joshi 1 week ago

Last reply by Paul 1 day ago

Cannot view CNBCinvesting club videos

I cannot view CNBC investing club videos (yes, I'm logged in), in Firefox on Android 13 immediately after yesterday's Android update. Chrome can view videos perfectly. Fi… (read more)

I cannot view CNBC investing club videos (yes, I'm logged in), in Firefox on Android 13 immediately after yesterday's Android update.

Chrome can view videos perfectly.

Firefox should adjust for the latest Android update.

Firefox version 109.1.1 (Build #2015927169), 8f4899e33+

Android build TP1A.220624.014.A136USQU3CVK9

Asked by rkillion 3 days ago

Last reply by Paul 1 day ago

landscape viewing

Recently when watching a video, or just viewing a web feed, and turning my Galaxy Note 20 Ultra to landscape view, a white screen appears and can not see anything else. … (read more)

Recently when watching a video, or just viewing a web feed, and turning my Galaxy Note 20 Ultra to landscape view, a white screen appears and can not see anything else.

Asked by alexglanden 1 day ago

Last reply by Paul 1 day ago

ex husband logins in under my fb, and or Google account. he is controlling all my devices. how o I stop this. I can't even dial outonmy phone. please helps

Can some one please help me by blocking my ex from logging into my Google, and fb accounts, and controlling all of my evices. He turns on and of mydata. Hedoesso much I d… (read more)

Can some one please help me by blocking my ex from logging into my Google, and fb accounts, and controlling all of my evices. He turns on and of mydata. Hedoesso much I don't even pick my phone up to use it because I know everything will be negative . Won't be able to text, nocalling . Because he hasall of my permission tured off but by his phone. His name is David smith 66 years old anstill acting 2. Thanks Susan smith

Asked by Susan Smith 3 days ago

Last reply by Paul 2 days ago

Links

All of a sudden, when I click a link within a website, instead of taking me to that page, it takes me to the website index page with all the urls. Then I can't get back t… (read more)

All of a sudden, when I click a link within a website, instead of taking me to that page, it takes me to the website index page with all the urls. Then I can't get back to where I was. How do I change this?

Asked by jtapp1300 3 days ago

Last reply by Paul 3 days ago

Upload file

I cannot upload any file on any website I delete nightly Firefox and download it again Nothing has changed. I give it promise now i try to upload image and the pictures … (read more)

I cannot upload any file on any website I delete nightly Firefox and download it again Nothing has changed. I give it promise now i try to upload image and the pictures dont upload This problem from last update

Asked by nadeemnahas32 3 days ago

Last reply by Paul 3 days ago

Unable to download a really long filename with Firefox nightly android.

If the file being downloaded has a really long filename, Firefox doesn't allow scrolling to the download button, that is now below the screen space. A solution could be a… (read more)

If the file being downloaded has a really long filename, Firefox doesn't allow scrolling to the download button, that is now below the screen space. A solution could be allowing to scroll or trimming it.

Asked by h23 3 days ago

Last reply by TyDraniu 3 days ago