Firefox Focus: What It Is and How to Use It

You can download a new browser quicker than you can finish crafting a new internet caption. The browser that you choose to use isn’t as permanent as the operating system that you choose, so many will find themselves switching between the browsers depending on the speed that they believe that they’ll get.

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing a browser, including privacy and safety. This means that users will often get attached to one rather quickly as they begin to develop a trust and build up information in a browser that makes their experience great. There’s always a new browser on the market and one of them is Firefox Focus.

What is Firefox Focus?

Firefox Focus is a free mobile web browser that’s main purpose is to protect online privacy and it immediately deletes your browsing data. This is a simple browser, and it’s meant to keep its users away from distracting content. By blocking online trackers and eliminating excessive tabs, Firefox Focus is a unique browser for people looking for simplicity and privacy. Most of the features are the same across all of the different platforms that you can use the app on, which is great because this means that all of the page actions that you can perform are the same.

Session erasing, finding text, URL completion, and sharing are features that remain the same cross platform. However, Android’s version of the app has other features, such as a custom tab, stealth mode, and the ability to disable tracking protection. iOS also has some unique features, such as the ability to use the browser as a content blocker in Safari or as a shortcut in Siri.

Using the Browser

Using the browser is similar to using any other browser. Here’s a quick rundown of how to use the app.

1. Download the app from your app store. The icon is a purple circle with a white fox in the middle of it.

2. Launch the app on your device. You’ll see a screen that’s a purple gradient.

3. Tap the search bar at the top of the screen and a keyboard will appear.

keyboard

4. Use the keyboard to type in the top that you want to search for.

5. In the corner of the keyboard is the “Go” button. Tap that to complete the search.

Google search result

6. You’ll be navigated to the Google search result screen where you can click on a web page to visit.

trash can icon

7. In the corner of the screen, you’ll see a trash can icon. Click this to close your search whenever you’re done. The tab will close.

Erasing Browsing History

Firefox Focus makes this super easy to do. Of course, you can simply tap the trash can in the lower right corner of the screen to end your search. To easy all of your browsing history, however, you’ll need to use the notification that they send you. At the top of the screen, you’ll see a notification that’ll allow you to clear your browsing history with the tap of a finger. This notification will appear when Firefox Focus is running so you don’t have to search for it. This is more convenient than what you would have to do in other browsers.

Turning on URL Autocomplete

This is a feature that is meant to make your browsing experience easier. When you begin typing a URL in the search bar of the browser, it’ll complete it for you so that you don’t have to type the entire one. The URL autocomplete database in the browse has a little over 400 sites available, but you can add your own to the list if you’d like to make your experience more unique.

1. Tap the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the screen after you launch the app.

Search in Settings

2. Tap on Settings so you can be navigated to the settings menu.

3. On the settings menu, select the “search” option.

4. Select “URL Autocomplete.”

5. On the next screen, select the text at the bottom of the options that says “Manage sites.”

6. Select “Add Custom URL” at the top of the screen and paste or type the URL that you want saved.

7. When you’re don’t, select the “Save” button in the right corner of the screen.

Enabling Stealth Mode

Stealth

This is useful if you’re browsing and someone happens to be watching you. This hides the site when you’re in the overview mode, which is when you can see all of the apps that are open on your device.

1. Tap the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the screen after you launch the app.

2. Tap on Settings so you can be navigated to the settings menu.

3. Select “Privacy and Security.”

4. Tap the switch next to “Stealth” on the Privacy and Security menu.

Now, no one will see the page that you were browsing if you’re on an overview of the apps that you have open.

That’s an overview of the Firefox Focus app. It’s a great app to try out if you’re looking for a browser that prioritizes your safety and privacy. Luckily, you can make it everything that you need, which is great, especially since many of the other browser out can have features that may invade your privacy or hamper customization. There’s no harm in trying out a new browser, so head to your app store if you’re interested.