How to Work with Automatic Updates in Firefox


Mozilla Firefox has an inbuilt feature through which it provides you with updates for various things on your system. According to the set settings, these updates can be searched and installed automatically or you can be notified if the updates are available and you can install them if you wish. Updates on this browser can also be disabled for as long as you wish. Lastly, there is even an option for automatic updates in Firefox through which this browser finds these updates and installs them itself.

To learn how to use the feature of Firefox automatic update, follow the tutorial below.

Step 1 – Open up the “Options”

First of all, let’s open up the Firefox menu and click on “Options”. With that done, a new window will open up.

Press the “Options” button

Step 2 – Open the “Update” tab

Now move to the “Advanced” section and click on the “Update” tab. Over here, all the settings related to Firefox will be displayed.

Move over to the “Update” tab

Step 3 – Alter the settings

As you can see that the current update settings is set to automatic, meaning that all updates are automatically installed in Firefox. You can change the settings and allow Firefox to only search for the updates. When it comes to installing them, Firefox will notify and ask you first before performing this action.

Change the settings

Step 4 – Disable updates

Alternatively, you can disable the updates feature completely as well.

Disable the updates feature

Step 5 – View update history

If you click on the Show Update History button, a complete history will be shown to you regarding each and every update. If you want some additional information regarding a particular update, simply click on the Details option and all the details will be displayed to you in a new window.

Open the history of updates

Step 6 – Disable Firefox maintenance

If you uncheck the option titled “Use a background service to install updates”, this will disable the automatic updates in Firefox that run for Mozilla maintenance service in the background.

Uncheck the Firefox maintenance option

Step 7 – Disable updates in search engines

In the “Automatically update” section below, you can uncheck the search engines option and now the Firefox automatic update option for them will be disabled not allowing them to be get automatically updated anymore.

And that’s pretty much it for the updates feature in Firefox.

Disable the updates option in search engines