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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 3 months ago

Last reply by derekmski 2 weeks ago

Force bookmark folder to stay in the tree?

Is there an option in settings to force FireFox to stay in the locqtion within thehboomark tree? Currently when I select a bookmark after I selected a bookmark in the boo… (read more)

Is there an option in settings to force FireFox to stay in the locqtion within thehboomark tree? Currently when I select a bookmark after I selected a bookmark in the bookmark tree, I have sto start from the tree root. But I structured my tree according to similar topics, so I need sometimes a location in the bookmark tree quiet similar to the previously selected bookmark. It would be helpful If FireFox would remember the previosly selected location.

Asked by Rebel66 4 weeks ago

Last reply by Paul 3 weeks ago

firefox can't resume downloading

Why i can't resume downloading when I close Firefox browser for Android The download bar disappears from the notification panel ? It's better if active downloads appear o… (read more)

Why i can't resume downloading when I close Firefox browser for Android The download bar disappears from the notification panel ? It's better if active downloads appear on the downloads page so that we can manage them

Asked by abdulrahman omar 1 month ago

Last reply by Paul 4 weeks ago

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terjemahan bahasa melayu saja

Saya mahu apl forek endriod terjemahan dalam bahasa Melayu saja.sebab bahasa india saya tidak paham .jujur saya cakap .kalau tidak mampu tunaikan .saya terpaksa keluar.pa… (read more)

Saya mahu apl forek endriod terjemahan dalam bahasa Melayu saja.sebab bahasa india saya tidak paham .jujur saya cakap .kalau tidak mampu tunaikan .saya terpaksa keluar.pasal tiada kasih syg .jadi kalau boleh terima berpisah selamanyer.saya bagi masa 30 minit .kalau tidak boleh .mcm saya sampaikan tadi

Asked by HONORXAIZAN 4 weeks ago

Last reply by Paul 4 weeks ago

What files must I edit from Firefox's Github repo to add wireless keyboard support for mobile/AOSP? I waited over a decade for code that should take a half hour to write.

Please help me help you. I will do all of the work for free, just tell me what files to start with. CTRL+S, CTRL+U, CTRL+S, CTRL+F, F5, resize shortcuts, nothing works. C… (read more)

Please help me help you. I will do all of the work for free, just tell me what files to start with. CTRL+S, CTRL+U, CTRL+S, CTRL+F, F5, resize shortcuts, nothing works.

Cheap wireless keyboards came out a decade ago, but mobile had no support, so I thought "okay, it will just take a few weeks." But weeks became years. Over a decade passed, still no progress. I will do it for you for free if you let me. If the problem was Firefox, I would just switch to Chrome, but building Chromium for Android is even harder and it also needs patched to get keyboard support.

Asked by americapacific42 1 month ago

Last reply by Paul 1 month ago

Mobile & Desktop View Modes!

By default, pages are in mobile view mode. The desktop mode button doesn't apply to all pages and it is not permanent. Can you please move this to settings with a permane… (read more)

By default, pages are in mobile view mode. The desktop mode button doesn't apply to all pages and it is not permanent.

Can you please move this to settings with a permanent desktop mode on/off switch that applies to ALL & future pages?

Asked by Cat2k1 1 month ago

Last reply by Paul 1 month ago

Changing account email when original becomes inaccessible

The account settings for Firefox are entirely dependent on just the email originally used to establish the account. This means that when you want to use Firefox on anoth… (read more)

The account settings for Firefox are entirely dependent on just the email originally used to establish the account. This means that when you want to use Firefox on another device, you must access that email for the account verification code. When that email becomes unavailable, you are unable to use your Firefox account with bookmarks, history etc. on any other devices.

Some other services provide alternative verification using a phone text message, backup email etc.

Note, I only became a Firefox user because the Firefox Reality browser on my Quest 2 VR headset was so excellent and I wanted to be able to access the same features on my other devices. Now that Firefox Reality is no longer supported, I now mostly use Wolvic and have deleted Firefox from my other devices.

Asked by GTJhotmail 1 month ago

OK Mozilla, this is just bad design, plain and simple.

When are we getting the bookmarks bar? Users have been asking for this feature for YEARS, and yet you keep ignoring us, why? Why is it so hard to make? You don't want to … (read more)

When are we getting the bookmarks bar? Users have been asking for this feature for YEARS, and yet you keep ignoring us, why? Why is it so hard to make?

You don't want to give us the bookmarks bar? Fine, how about fixing the home screen? Only 2 rows and 2 pages of bookmarks? Are you guys joking? How about, I don't know, 10 rows and five columns, and 10 pages? You don't have to resize anything, you just have to use the space more wisely.

Also, can you get rid of the top left logo? It's a waste of space, I already know I'm using Firefox, you don't have to remind me every time.

Also #2, move the "private browsing" icon to the 3 dots menu.

Also #3, remove the pin icon from the bookmarks tags.

Also #4, remove the grey border of the favicons, it's more space wasted, you really love wasting space and our time don't you?

Sometimes I feel like you are you do things wrong on purpose, is Google paying you to be this bad? Honestly I can't find another answer, I hope I'm wrong.

Asked by mnb85 1 month ago

Last reply by Paul 1 month ago

FF Android won't rename downloaded pictures

More specifically, it will download a few images by renumbering, but will then stop at (2) and save over the last downloaded image rather than continuing to number. I did… (read more)

More specifically, it will download a few images by renumbering, but will then stop at (2) and save over the last downloaded image rather than continuing to number. I did not have this issue with Chrome, as it would continue to raise the number.

Example: Save Image > pop-up reads "Congrats, unknown.png saved!" > repeat, pop-up reads "unknown.png (1) saved!" > repeat for unknown.png (2) >repeat, but still get unknown.png (2), with the last image now saved over with the new image.

This is especially frustrating, as even after I move images to a new folder, rather than restarting or continuing the numbers it will continue to save over image (2). I work with a site that saves a lot of temporary images so the names are usually bland like this, I would appreciate FF continuing the numbering past (2) or allowing me to rename a file if it plans to overwrite.

Asked by kyleighg524 1 month ago

Last reply by TyDraniu 1 month ago

List of Exceptions for Cookies that will be deleted after closing

I love that Firefox Nightly can delete Cookies after closing. It whould be even better if we can define exeptions for specifing website, so some Cookies can stay. I use t… (read more)

I love that Firefox Nightly can delete Cookies after closing. It whould be even better if we can define exeptions for specifing website, so some Cookies can stay. I use this on the Desktop and its great. Thank you.

Asked by dave8289 1 month ago

Last reply by Paul 1 month ago

How to prevent users from disabling and uninstall add-ons/extensions on fireforx for android?

Hey guys, I'm using Leechblock NG on my firefox browser but everyone with access can just disable or remove the extension, there's a way to prevent this? Some way to bloc… (read more)

Hey guys, I'm using Leechblock NG on my firefox browser but everyone with access can just disable or remove the extension, there's a way to prevent this? Some way to block the remove/disable options in my extensions

Thanks in advance

Asked by marjorietieny 3 months ago

Last reply by me.guglusharma 1 month ago

Add Option To Disable Root CA

Hi, Thanks for your great privacy-focused browser. Could you add the option to disable built-in root CA? It would be helpful for us to minimize the risk of MitM attack an… (read more)

Hi,

Thanks for your great privacy-focused browser.

Could you add the option to disable built-in root CA? It would be helpful for us to minimize the risk of MitM attack and other security or privacy threats.

Not all CAs are trustworthy. Some are mismanaged like DigiNotar while some others are malicious like StartCom which was used to perform MitM to intercept communications to Google. However, it would be too late when such events are discovered unless we provide a way to prevent it.

As I know, there are still some CAs out there pose potential threats to security. Some even have got EV treatment.

Best Regards, Thomas Lewis

Asked by Thomas Lewis 1 month ago

Last reply by Paul 1 month ago

A bookmark to a folder of bookmarks.

Is there a way to make a bookmark to a folder of bookmarks? How to do it, if it is possible? I would like to have an easy access to particular folder of bookmarks both - … (read more)

Is there a way to make a bookmark to a folder of bookmarks?

How to do it, if it is possible?

I would like to have an easy access to particular folder of bookmarks both - on my PC and my mobile phone.

Now it is an "either/or" case - easy on one device, but harder on the other.

Asked by Mariusz Boczek 1 month ago

Last reply by Paul 1 month ago

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Suggestions for password managers, ad blockers and add-ons.

Suggestions for Firefox for Android Since the built-in password manager is not good enough in terms of security and functionality, (and I don't think it will be good enou… (read more)

Suggestions for Firefox for Android

Since the built-in password manager is not good enough in terms of security and functionality, (and I don't think it will be good enough for the foreseeable future), it would actually be a good idea to build an app instead of the built-in one, or to choose a third party app as a partner as an official recommendation, and so forth.

I find the browser's ad-blocking features to be very unorganized, repetitive, and not easy to use. I wish you could build a comprehensive enough and personalized built-in pan-ad blocker.

And please allow the beta version's custom "add-ons collection" to be added to the official version

Anyway, there are many problems and many solutions, I hope Firefox will be better and better.

Thanks.

Asked by CaoLiPengJL 1 month ago

Answered by Paul 1 month ago

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Credit Card Autofill

Hello. I'm Android Developer at Nord Security @NordPass password manager. I just wanted to ask about credit card autofill on Firefox Android browser. As far as I understa… (read more)

Hello. I'm Android Developer at Nord Security @NordPass password manager. I just wanted to ask about credit card autofill on Firefox Android browser. As far as I understand, it's not possible at the moment. Do you have any plans on making it possible? Or maybe there are any settings that need to be set before autofilling? I'm not talking about internal Firefox password manager solution, but about autofilling Credit Cards using another password manager such as 1Password, LastPass, NordPass etc.

Thanks in advance :) Zilvinas

Asked by zilvinas.tomkevicius 1 month ago

Answered by zilvinas.tomkevicius 1 month ago