How to Set Your Homepage in Firefox

Customize your Firefox homepage for a more personal internet browser

A sleeping fox in front of a computer running Mozilla Firefox

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Whether you're using Firefox on a computer or mobile device, customizing the homepage allows you to quickly navigate to a preferred search engine or website whenever you open the browser or hit the home button.

Here's what you need to know about changing your Firefox homepage and making it your own.

What Is the Firefox Homepage?

The Firefox homepage, sometimes referred to as a start page or home screen, is the first page you see when you launch the Mozilla Firefox internet browser. The homepage can be customized to load a specific website, a completely blank page with nothing on it, or a variety of Firefox widgets showing your most-visited sites. The function works more or less the same whether you're on a desktop or mobile device, just with a slightly difference design and menu layout.

How to Set the Firefox Homepage

Follow these instructions to set or change your Firefox homepage on a desktop or laptop computer.

Screenshot of the Home settings in Mozilla Firefox
  1. With Firefox open on a macOS or Windows computer, select the Open menu icon, indicated by three horizontal lines in the top-right corner.

  2. Select Preferences.

  3. From the left menu bar, select Home.

  4. Select the dropdown menu next to New Windows and Tabs, then select one of three options for your homepage: Firefox Home (Default), Custom URLs..., or Blank Page.

  5. If you selected Custom URLs..., copy and paste the URL into the text field.

What Is the Firefox Home (Default) Option?

The Firefox Home option loads a special screen when you open the browser. This screen displays small icons for some of your most-visited websites, larger image previews of pages you've recently visited or saved, and promotional blocks, referred to as snippets.

Screenshot of the Mozilla Firefox home screen on Windows 10 PC
The default Mozilla Firefox home screen shows a mix of websites you visit and other data.

Firefox Home can be customized on the same screen as the Firefox homepage settings under the Firefox Home Content heading. Checked items will appear on your homepage, while unchecked ones will be removed.

What Is the Custom URL Option?

By entering a website address or URL into the Firefox homepage Custom URL field, the browser will automatically load that page every time the app is opened.

This is useful if you tend to check the same site every time you open Firefox. Common homepage sites include social networks like Facebook or Twitter, email clients like Gmail or Outlook, or search engines like Google.

What Is the Blank Page Option?

Selecting Blank Page will load a completely empty page whenever you open Firefox. This option usually makes Firefox open faster, as there's no additional content to download.

Changing your homepage settings is purely optional; it is not required to use Firefox or any of its features.

How to Set the Homepage in Firefox for iOS

Here's how to set or change the Firefox homepage on an iOS device:

  1. Open the Firefox app and select the menu icon, indicated by three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner.

  2. Select Settings > Home.

  3. In the text field marked "Custom URL," enter the URL of your desired homepage.

You can also set your homepage to include a list of your favorite sites. You can remove a Top Site by tapping and holding the site icon until a menu appears, and then selecting Remove.

You can add a Top Site but navigating to the site you'd like to add, selecting the menu iron indicated by thee dots next to the URL, and then selecting Pin to Top Sites.

You can select how many rows of Top Sites you'd like to include on the homepage under the Settings > Home menu.

How to Set the Homepage in Firefox for Android

You can change or customize the Firefox homepage in much the same way on an Android device. To customize the Firefox Android homepage:

  1. Select the menu button.

  2. Select General > Home > Set a Homepage.

  3. From this screen, you can choose Firefox Home or Custom. The latter option will allow you to enter a website URL to be used as your homepage upon the next startup.