How Do I Update Firefox?

Update to Firefox 86, the latest version of the Firefox browser

There are many reasons to update Firefox to the latest version. Most often, you might do this when the browser isn't working correctly. Another reason is that hundreds of bugs are fixed with each release, which prevents problems so you never have to experience them.

It's easy to update Firefox to the newest version. Here's how:

How Do I Update Firefox?

To force the newest update, download and install Firefox directly from Mozilla:

Depending on how you configured Firefox, updating may be automatic, meaning you don't need to manually download and install each update.

Firefox's checking for updates progress indicator on the Firefox updates page

Check your update settings in Firefox from the menu bar at the top right. Depending on your version, go to Options > Firefox Updates or Options > Advanced > Update.

What Is the Latest Version of Firefox?

The latest version of Firefox is 86, which was released on February 23, 2021.

The Firefox release notes detail what has changed since the previous version. Here are a few of those changes:

  • New: Supports simultaneously watching multiple videos in Picture-in-Picture.
  • New: Introduces Total Cookie Protection to Strict Mode. In Total Cookie Protection, every website gets its own “cookie jar,” preventing cookies from being used to track you from site to site.
  • New: Improved Print functionality with a cleaner design and better integration with your computer's printer settings.
  • Fixed: Reader mode now works with local HTML pages.
  • Fixed: Using screen reader quick navigation to move to editable text controls no longer incorrectly reaches non-editable cells in some grids such as on messenger.com.
  • Changed: DTLS 1.0 is no longer supported for establishing WebRTC's PeerConnections. All WebRTC services need to support DTLS 1.2 from now on as the minimum version.

Other Versions of Firefox

Firefox is available in many languages for Windows, Mac, and Linux, in both 32-bit and 64-bit. You can see all of these downloads on one page on Mozilla's site.

Firefox is also available for Android devices from the Google Play store and for Apple devices from the iOS App Store.

Pre-release versions of Firefox are also available for download.

A number of download sites offer the latest version of Firefox, but some of these sites bundle additional, probably unwanted, software with their download of the browser. Save yourself the trouble and use Mozilla's website to download Firefox.

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