Firefox web browser is now available for iOS

By , Nov 12, 2015

Firefox logo (full size)

After an apparent soft launch back in September, the team at Mozilla has fully taken the wraps off of its Firefox web browser for iOS. The popular browser is now available globally, and for all iOS devices as a universal app.

The 39.6 MB download is available free of charge on the App Store, and comes in at version 1.1. Learn more about what this highly anticipated release entails inside.

Firefox iOS

If you’re a big Firefox fan on the desktop, then it makes sense to want to use the same browser on mobile, especially if you use Firefox sync.

Firefox includes many of the same amenities that you get on other mobile browsers. There’s, of course, tabs, swipe to go back/forward, search suggestions, etc.

There’s even a reader mode that will strip out all unnecessary content on a web page, leaving just the pertinent text and images. There’s also  a Reading List-inspired feature for offline reading.

The browser does feature some noticeable omissions, however. For instance, users of the popular 1Password password management tool will be disappointed to find a lack of support for interfacing with 1Password directly from Firefox’s share button.

It’s a great start that should make dedicated Firefoxers happy, but remember it’s still relatively early in its release cycle.

Again, Firefox web browser is a free download on the App Store. Are you planning on trying it?

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  • hkgsulphate

    just… what took them so long?

    • Michael Bemelmans

      I was just wondering the same thing, well at least it works haha.

    • Anonymous

      I know! Lol not that i care i use safari and chrome on the mac when i need flash.

    • ready1take1

      for the longest time Mozilla said they would not bring firefox to iOS until Apple “amends its ways”. Did they? Or did Mozilla cave?

      • Sleaka J

        Mozilla caved. Plus Apple added the ability for third party apps to use Apples JS engine in iOS8, but in the end, due to the fact a browser must still use WebKit on iOS, Mozilla caved.

    • pawfyd

      They wanted to use their own rendering engine they use on every other platform including OS X, but as you know it’s not possible on iOS. They finally gave up and released it using the same Safari browser engine that every other iOS browser uses. Good, because I use Firefox on desktop and now I can sync bookmarks.

      • At least now though the engine is as fast in Firefox as it is in Safari. Previously Apple throttled or slowed down web views in applications (perha by design to get people to use Safari?).

    • They tried to release this a few years back but back then, Apple had a tight grip on allowed web browsers and they basically banned it before it was released

    • Brent Shelton

      Right. I’d care about this news if it were 2009.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Sébastien will be all over this in 3…2….1….

    • Ha. I would have, a year ago. I’m all in on Safari now

  • justme

    never it’s to late, but… it will take years to compete with chrome and Safari, even Puffin web browser is fast and has a nice UI,but the icon ..giuhh

    • pawfyd

      Come on, it’s not uglier than Jony’s Safari icon. 😛

    • Digitalfeind

      I love using Puffin for its speed and reliability.

  • iPhoneWINS

    lol yay 2015

  • DtownBlogger

    iCabMobile. Enough Said!

  • Dexter

    I can’t get rid of those 2 shortcuts on the landing page, and ideas how to get them off?

    • Sleaka J

      Currently can’t.

  • NetNut 404

    no custom firefox sync servers? I wont be using it for much then..

  • Off topic/ Does anyone know how to replicate ‘handoff’ to a windows PC?

  • The firefox icon on this webpage is a wee bit small, if I may say so. I had to zoom in to see.

  • besrate hogsa

    I Love Firefox
    way faster than safari

    • Sleaka J

      Not on iOS. It has to use WebKit, so it’s literally no different.

      • besrate hogsa

        it is faster than safari

      • Sleaka J

        On iOS it uses exactly the same WebKit rendering engine as Safari, but it can’t use content blockers so it’s literally impossible that it’s faster than Safari.

  • Martynet

    I don’t know… Doesn’t really feel any better than safari, chrome or dolphin. app deleted. Btw, on desktop, in El Capitan, anyone experiencing browsing lags in safari? Sometimes, some websites takes ages to load, like facebook for example. And I don’t have this problem with chrome or firefox. This is happening on bot of my 27″ iMacs. One is latest 5K, the other one is late 2009.

    • You might try a Firefox Refresh found through troubleshooting

  • 5ingularity

    It was out for about a month already…

    • Sleaka J

      Only in New Zealand and Australia.

  • chjode

    Does it sync tabs with the desktop version?

    Edit: Looks like it does. I’ll give it a shot!

  • My number 1 browser since 2003

  • rockdude094

    I like how its full screen, the useless url bar doesn’t hang around like safari

  • Mallouk Malek

    YEAH FINALLY