If for some reason, you aren’t happy with the Safari internet browser that comes on your Mac, then you may want to try out alternative browsers. For example, there’s the Firefox browser from Mozilla, which is just as secure as Safari and offers similar features as well. Firefox is also light on RAM usage and is claimed to be about 2 times faster than the competition. According to the company, Firefox for Mac uses 30 percent memory than Google Chrome.
The browser also provides users with full control over third-party cookie tracking and also allows you to block other trackers. Apart from being safe, Firefox users can customize the browser according to their liking and even add new features via third-party add-ons.
Therefore, Mozilla Firefox on a Mac is a good idea. In this post, we are going to show you how to install Firefox on a Mac and start browsing the internet. Before we begin, you should know that Firefox is no longer supported on Mac OS 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8. If you are running a newer version of macOS, then you can follow the instructions below to easily install Firefox on your Mac computer.
Install Firefox on a Mac
If you have decided to stop using Safari and want to try out Firefox on your Mac, then you will need to follow the steps below. Doing so will install Firefox on a Mac and you can start using it as your main browser. Also, Firefox for Mac is now Firefox Quantum.
1. Open Safari browser and head to the Firefox download page.
2. You should see a green Download Now button.
3. Click on the button to start the download.
4. If you want to download Firefox in another language or use the advanced installer, then you can click on the links below the Download Now button.
5. Once you have made your choice or just clicked on the button, the Firefox.dmg file should have downloaded.
6. It should launch by itself after the download is complete.
7. The latest version is Firefox 67.0.2 for Mac.
8. If it doesn’t launch, then tap on the downloaded file to open it.
9. Now, a new Finder window will open showing the Firefox Icon and the Applications folder.
10. Drag the Firefox app in to the Applications folder as directed.
11. Once the App is copied to the Applications folder, the installation will start.
12. Firefox should now be available in the Applications folder or you can search for it in the Launchpad by performing a five-finger pinch on your Mac’s trackpad.
13. You can also add the Firefox icon to the Dock so you can access it whenever. Drag the Icon from the Applications folder or Launchpad and place it in the Dock.
Once you have done all this, you can now eject the Firefox installer, which is no longer needed. You will find the installer on your Desktop. To eject, double click on the Firefox Icon and then select ‘Eject Firefox’.
That’s about it. You have now successfully managed to install Firefox on a Mac. Easy wasn’t? Now, let’s take a look at how to setup the Firefox browser.
Setting up Firefox on a Mac
Starting the Firefox browser for the first time will open up a dialog box saying that you downloaded the app from the internet and ask you if you want to open it. Click on Open since you downloaded this from the official Firefox website, which means that it is safe to use.
Once you have opened Firefox, you can start syncing with your account and installing your favorite add-ons. The Firefox browser has plenty of features that will improve your browsing experience on a Mac. When you first open the browser, you will also be told that Firefox is not set as your default browser.
This means that all the links or shortcuts that you open in other apps, will not open in Firefox by default. Of course, you can immediately set Firefox as your default browser and that will get things sorted out. If you don’t want to do this, you can select the ‘Not Now’ option and try out the browser for some time and then decide if you want it as your default browser.