Firefox is my go-to browser on my phone and on my laptop. I’m a big fan of transparency and open source code, the UI is nice, and I love the new logo!
I gave it a 4/5 instead of 5/5 stars because for some reason, whenever I try to use “Find in page,” it’ll tell me it’s found X instances of this word, but when I tap the arrows to go to each instance, the number cycles through without actually going to each word’s location. The page just stays put where it is. This has been frustrating because I read a lot on my phone and sometimes the page reloads after coming back to it, so I lose my spot. “Find in page” has always helped me get back there quick, but these days I’ve been having to guess and scroll and scroll and guess and scroll some more. I’d love for this to be fixed.
EDIT Feb. 22, 2020 (many months later): The issue is still unresolved, and after getting fed up enough with it I started using Safari again. This is how I noticed just how MUCH Firefox reloads the page! I could go to another app for a couple minutes and come back and it’ll refresh and send me to the top again.
With Safari, I could leave a tab for a whole day, come back to it later, and it won’t refresh the tab, allowing me to keep my place on the page. In fact, I can’t think of an instance where this has happened yet. *And* their “Find in page” works. So. I’m docking Firefox another star. This is just ridiculous.
Firefox finally allows for some sync and management of bookmarks — creating, editing, deleting. To move bookmarks to a desired desktop folder, however, requires the desktop version of FF. And items added to the mobile Reading List don’t sync at all. But some (achingly slow) progress is being made in this area
Unfortunately, information I don’t want to sync — Recent Bookmarks (clever in theory, useless in practice — is being synched from the desktop for some reason and I apparently can’t empty that list, except manually one site at a time. And if you do so, the actual associated bookmark is deleted. So, it’s a non-negotiable annoyance.
Face it, privacy is not a big goal of most browsers (especially Google Chrome, whose business model is all about surveillance of its customers). Firefox makes privacy a greater priority. So why not give us control of ALL data we sync? And why make data management so peculiar and quirky?
Now make usability compelling enough that users don’t feel the need to trade privacy for Chrome or, especially, Safari’s superior (imho) elegance and usability.
I’m taking a break from Firefox. I’ll check in next year to see if the annoyances still outweigh the benefits.
I don’t know why my reviews aren’t being accepted. I’ll try again... something serious has happened to this app on my iOS phone.
It worked flawlessly until 3 weeks ago, when it started asking for my password every other day in order to re-Sync with my account.
About a week later, it no longer allowed me to sync my account. After seeing the yellow alert icon and then clicking on the sync button, a blank white page pops up. A clock icon will spin a few times and then I’ll get a message saying “Page cannot load.” I’ve repeated this process over a dozen times with the same results. I also removed the app from my phone, reloaded it, tried again and no luck.
Even weirder is I cannot get help from support(dot)mozilla(dot)org through the Firefox mobile app. The page never loads, in the same way the Sync page doesn’t load. How is it possible that Mozilla’s support page is the only one that won’t work on the Firefox mobile browser app?
I hope someone there is seeing these comments and reviews because it’s more than just me having this sync issue all of a sudden. Still a better alternative to Google Chrome!
Firefox is a good browser depending on how you use it. In the newer updates it gets really frustrating to look up images. Instead of showing you the images like most browsers would, it shows you but when you click it, it takes you directly to the website instead of letting you look at the images. You would have to click the front to see it. To me this is frustrating, as an artist, I need to look up references to draw things, this leaves me with a huge disadvantage because I’m unable to directly see the image. Firefox also seems to switch from update to update at times, well for me at least. Say there was a new update for your device, or a new update for the app, Firefox would instantly go back to its old ways, which makes me hesitant to update my iPad because I want to have the freedom of looking at an image. I would appreciate if this problem was fixed in someway.... but I wouldn’t really suggest this browser if your soul purpose for it is to look at images.
I have no idea what happened. Firefox has been my go-to browser for YEARS, but now whenever I attempt to access pretty much ANYTHING on my tablet (an Apple iPad Pro, just fyi) it refuses to acknowledge my passwords or it tells me I need to “update to the latest version” to even access certain sites (like Flickr for example). Never mind that the damned thing is as updated as it’s going to get!
It didn’t used to be this way, I preferred Firefox over pretty much any other browser. But it’s gotten beyond ridiculous at this point and seeing as the developers appear too incompetent to fix these issues as they’ve been ongoing for MONTHS now, I may have no choice but to download (shudder) Chrome instead. Or to transport aaalll of my saved sites and logins over to Safari. Thanks for the extra work, guys.
This browser needs an adblocker pronto. I’m being drowned with ads using this browser. Would be amazing to be able to block at least some of it.
Some webpages are complaining about the browser being too old and needs to be updated etc, but I’m gonna blame Apple for that one right now..
I’m missing being able to change the size of the text on webpages. Take a look at iCab, that browser got features galore. I, not saying Firefox needs all the features under the sun, but right now it’s missing a few basic features.
Sending tabs to the desktop version works, but sending tabs to the iOS version doesn’t work (this might be an iOS/Apple issue though?)
Pages fail to load occasionally. I’ll scroll and can see some of the page show but it won’t load correctly and turns back to a blank white screen. This happened when I was on my 6s and thought it might be because of my older device but it still happens after upgrading to an 11. Please fix this, it’s been an ongoing issue for months!! I’ve been a loyal Firefox user for over a decade but it’s getting to the point where I have to switch to safari or chrome so often. Very frustrating.
I switched from chrome to Firefox for about a day. I like the syncing feature but don’t understand why I need to click the sync button. I like the password storage option that ties in with Lockwise, this is a solid service. Here is why I switched back to chrome... I have 13 email accounts about 5 day job 3 personal and another 5 for side projects. I like to keep all those worlds separate when it comes to email, bookmarks and history etc. chrome does this Firefox does not.
firefox straight up is unusable on mobile at the moment which is v unfortunate. i’ve tried restarting the app, closing my tabs, deleting and redownloading and still i can’t even google anything without firefox just giving me a webpage that’s basically blank with chunks of text that go away when i try to scroll. also it becomes unresponsive very quickly if i do get it to work. i have to go back to safari for now which is annoying bc i like firefox!!! pls fix :(
Everything was great for a while (I happily switched from Chrome to Firefox on my phone) until fairly recently. Now the browser struggles to find/search text, isn't supported by many sites (university, publisher, educational, government related), and sometimes refuses to load anything even though data seems to work in every other app. The quality has clearly declined IMO. I hope they have a major update soon or I'll crawl back to Chrome.