Mozilla brings back general extension support in Firefox for Android (Nightly)
Earlier this month, Mozilla rolled out Firefox 79 that included a major change to the browser engine, but with the update came a notable lack of extension support. In response, Mozilla said that more Recommended Extensions would be enabled in the coming weeks after they’ve been tested and optimized. The good news is it’s been a few weeks, and Mozilla today said that users on the Nightly build of Firefox for Android can now install any extension listed on addons.mozilla.org (AMO).
Mozilla said it’s enabling the feature so developers and advanced users can test out extension compatibility. However, the company warns that installing untested extensions on the Nightly build of Firefox for Android can potentially lead to “unexpected outcomes,” so you should beware before proceeding. “Since most developers haven’t been able to test and optimize their extensions for the new Android experience, please be kind if something doesn’t work the way it should,” Mozilla pleaded.
With that in mind, Mozilla said it will remove any negative reviews about extension performance in Nightly. If you’re interested in testing out general extension support, you’ll need to enable the setting in Nightly. Currently, Nightly uses the Collections feature on AMO to install extensions, so you’ll also need to create a collection on AMO.
Mozilla has some helpful instructions on getting everything up and running. The company said that any developments for improved extension support will be shared with users “as they solidify,” so keep an eye out for any future updates.
The lack of extensions is a big reason why Firefox’s rating on the Google Play Store has dropped, but there are still other issues to be addressed, including the missing about:config page (which is available in Nightly and thus coming back soon), local password migration issues, design problems with the revamped tab switcher and more. We hope these issues are addressed in future builds and that more features are added.