Firefox Preview for Android adds support for Dark Reader, NoScript, and 3 other add-ons
Google Chrome comes pre-installed on Android phones which is why it’s position as the most used mobile browser remains unshaken. But if you move out of the comfort zone and look for alternatives, you find quite a few substitutes for Chrome – and one of them is Mozilla Firefox. Back in 2018, Mozilla decided to stop adding new features to the stable version of the browser in favor of an overhauled version, which will be called Fenix. Fenix is currently in its testing phase and is available on the Google Play Store as Firefox Preview, which is now getting support for five new add-on services.
If you’re guessing the add-ons for Firefox have the same meaning with respect to the mobile version as the desktop variant, you’re right. In February this year, Mozilla introduced add-on support in Firefox Preview but only supported a single add-on which was Block Origin, a popular ad and content blocker.
Earlier this week, i.e. on April 14th, Mozilla announced that they’ll be adding five more popular add-ons to the Firefox Preview. The list includes:
- Dark Reader – The add-on activates a dark theme on all pages by inverting colors and switching to a high contrast profile for easier reading at night. You can also adjust the brightness, contrast, add a night or sepia filter, and blacklist websites that need to be retained as original.
- NoScript – This a security add-on that restricts other executable content to fend off attacks and vulnerabilities.
- HTTPS Everywhere – Automatically switches from HTTP to HTTPS wherever the new protocol is supported
- Privacy Badger – It prevents invisible trackers from overriding your preferences or inbuilt blockers in the browser.
- Search by Image – Lets you reverse search images on a multitude of search engines and photo sharing websites.
To enable these add-ons, you need to hit the three-dot button alongside the address bar, tap on Settings, and then scroll down to Add-ons. Here you can enable the supported options as preferred. Remember, Firefox Preview is still in beta so there might be some inconsistencies in the way it performs.