In the dynamic world of web browsing, extensions have become indispensable tools for many users, providing enhanced functionalities and personalized experiences. While desktop users of Firefox have long enjoyed the benefits of a vast array of extensions, the mobile experience, particularly on Android, has been notably different. However, the tides are changing, and the latest announcement from Mozilla brings exciting news for Android users—extensions are back on Firefox for Android.
The Absence of Extensions on Mobile
For a while, Android users had to browse the web without the support of extensions, a stark contrast to the desktop version of Firefox. The absence of familiar add-ons like uBlock Origin or Dark Reader left mobile users longing for the convenience and customization that extensions offer. Mozilla removed extension support in 2020, sparking a wave of user requests for their reinstatement. Finally, the wait is over, and extensions are making a triumphant return to Firefox for Android.
Last week, Mozilla made a significant announcement, revealing that Firefox for Android would not only reintroduce extension support but would also do so with compatibility for over 450 add-ons. This development opens up a world of possibilities for Android users, allowing them to tailor their browsing experience with tried and true utilities that have been cherished by Firefox desktop users for years.
Rejoice with uBlock Origin and Dark Reader
Among the notable extensions that now work seamlessly on Firefox for Android are uBlock Origin and Dark Reader. uBlock Origin allows users to block ads and intrusive elements, ensuring a smoother and more enjoyable browsing experience. Dark Reader, on the other hand, brings a dark theme to web pages, even if they lack native support.
Recommended Extensions to Get Started
Mozilla, in its announcement, recommended three extensions to help users dive into the world of Firefox for Android extensions. Midnight Lizard offers customized color schemes for websites, Dark Background and Light Text transforms all sites into a dark background with light text, and Worldwide Radio lets users tune into radio stations globally. The options are vast, and users can explore a full list of Android-supported Firefox extensions on Mozilla’s add-ons site.
Discovering New Extensions
To help users navigate the multitude of options, Mozilla has curated a list of 22 recommended extensions and a trending section. This allows users to explore what fellow Firefox for Android enthusiasts are installing, from the convenient Automatic AdSkipper to addressing Reddit Annoyances.