How to Use 3D Touch in Firefox for iOS

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Scott Orgera

This tutorial is only intended for users running the Mozilla Firefox Web browser on iPhone devices (6s or later).

3D Touch functionality, first introduced on the iPhone with the 6s and 6s Plus models, causes the device to initiate different actions if the user presses and holds an item on the screen as opposed to simply tapping it. Utilizing the iPhone's Multi-Touch interface in this manner allows apps to add more features to what is essentially the same piece of real estate.

One app which has taken advantage of the iPhone's 3D Touch technology is Mozilla's Firefox browser, incorporating this additional screen sensitivity into the following features.

Home Screen Shortcuts

Firefox for iOS lets you access the following shortcuts right from its Home Screen icon, meaning that you don't even have to open the app first to select one of these options.

  • Open Last Bookmark: Loads the last bookmarked Web page, whose title is displayed as part of this menu item.
  • New Private Tab: Opens a new tab in Private Browsing mode, where you can browse the Web without history, cache, cookies, passwords, and other site-specific preferences saved to your iPhone at the end of the session.
  • New Tab: Opens a new Firefox browser tab in standard browsing mode.

Tab Previews

The tab interface in Firefox for iOS, accessible by tapping on the numbered icon located in the browser's upper right-hand corner, displays thumbnail-sized images of all Web pages that are currently open. Through the magic of 3D Touch, tapping and holding one of these images renders a larger preview of the page rather than fully opening it which would take place with a standard finger tap.