Tech News: It is much easier now to install Firefox extensions on Android devices.
Mozilla has simplified the process of finding and installing Firefox add-ons on Android. With the launch of Firefox 85 for the mobile operating system, you will be able to install extensions directly from the addons.mozilla.org page. Right now, you need to go to Manage Add-ons to install the extensions you want – a process Mozilla says can be a bit confusing if you’re used to the desktop installation process. But that will change when Firefox 85 launches on January 25, which is also when the install buttons will be active on the add-ons website.
That said, the selection of Android add-ons remains quite limited. Mozilla hasn’t expanded the list much since it launched its new browser experience, based on its own GeckoView engine, in August 2020. Shortly after the new browser was launched, Mozilla said it decided to build support for the add-ons most used by mobile users to “ensure a good first experience”. It initially only had 10 curated extensions on the list and we still only see 12 on the add-ons page.
Mozilla says it “will continue to work on optimizing” other Android add-ons in the coming months. For now, you’ll need to use the experimental Firefox browser for Android Nightly and use an override to install other add-ons.