Firefox 62.0 Released With Improvements For Android, iOS, Windows, & MacOS

Firefox is an incredibly popular web browser after considering Google Chrome. Even if you do not prefer to use it, every web developer has to take into account the additions made to Mozilla’s Firefox in each update.

No matter whether you are just a consumer utilizing the web browser to access web pages or a web developer to enhance and maintain your website. Firefox 62.0 comes with some significant improvements for both mobile devices and Desktop OSs.

In their official blog post, they have mentioned the changes in details. Let us take a brief look at it:

Changelog For Android Devices:

  • Improved scrolling performance
  • Faster page load times over WiFi connections by loading from the network cache if disk cache is slow
  • “Product and feature tips” toggle in Notifications settings, allowing for more control over which notifications are shown

Changelog For iOS Devices:

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  • Download files on your iPhone or iPad devices by long-pressing on any link to download a file.
  • Updated Share Sheet allowing users to send, save and load pages from other apps.
  • Sync from the menu of bookmarks and browsing information. (If you’re not signed in to Firefox Accounts, you’ll see an option to sign in first.)
  • New Pocket video content (iPad experiment only). We’re testing a feature that lets you discover and watch popular videos on Pocket.
  • Easy to switch from Dark to Light theme
  • Manage Tabs Efficiently (in a single view)

Changelog For Desktop OSs (Windows & MacOS):

  • Adobe Flash applets now run in a more secure mode using process sandboxing on macOS. Learn how this may affect features here.
  • Users disconnecting from Sync are now offered the option to wipe their Firefox profile data (including bookmarks, passwords, history, cookies, and site data) from their desktop computer.
  • Changed how WebRTC handles screen sharing: When screen-sharing a window, the window will be brought to the front.
  • Firefox Home (the default New Tab) now allows users to display up to 4 rows of top sites, Pocket stories, and highlights.
  • “Reopen in Container” tab menu option appears for users with Containers that lets them choose to reopen a tab in a different container.
  • In advance of removing all trust for Symantec-issued certificates in Firefox 63, a preference was added that allows users to distrust certificates issued by Symantec. To use this preference, go to about:config in the address bar and set the preference “security.pki.distrust_ca_policy” to 2.
  • Added FreeBSD support for WebAuthn.
  • Improved graphics rendering for Windows users without accelerated hardware using Parallel-Off-Main-Thread Painting.
  • Support for CSS Shapes, allowing for richer web page layouts. This goes hand in hand with a brand new Shape Path Editor in the CSS inspector.
  • CSS Variable Fonts (OpenType Font Variations) support, which makes it possible to create beautiful typography with a single font file.
  • For enterprise environments, AutoConfig is sandboxed to the documented API by default. You can disable the sandbox by setting the preferencegeneral.config.sandbox_enabled to false. Our long-term plan is to remove the ability to turn off the sandboxing. If you need to continue to use more complex AutoConfig scripts, you will need to use Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR).
  • Added Canadian English (en-CA) locale
  • Three-pane Inspector in Developer Tools separates the rules into its own panel.
  • Removed the description field for bookmarks. Users who have stored descriptions using the field may wish to export these descriptions as html or JSON files, as they will be removed in a future release.

How Do You Get The Latest Version Of Firefox?

If you’re a desktop user, you can either update it automatically or download the latest version on Firefox’s download page.

For Android users, the update is rolling out slowly on Google Play Store and should be there for your device by now.

If you have an iOS device, head to the App Store to update it.


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