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How to Update Firefox on Computer and Laptops

Firefox updates provide new features, enhancements, and improved security for a better browsing experience. Firefox updates automatically, but you can manually check for and install updates in the browser’s settings. Keeping Firefox up to date ensures you have the latest protections against online threats and access to the latest features.

Firefox has always been considered the best alternative to Google Chrome. It’s been there for years, and Mozilla community developers have been doing an excellent job.

Like Chrome updates, Firefox regularly releases updates that include new features, security patches, and improved user privacy. Hence, it is essential to keep the Firefox browser up to date as soon as we receive the latest build releases.

My mother prefers using Firefox over Chrome. However, since she is not a tech geek, she finds difficulty in updating her Firefox browser to the latest version. So, I had to teach her how to update Firefox on the laptop.

In this article, we will learn how to update Firefox on any machine running on Windows OS, macOS, and Linux-based operating systems. The steps are almost similar in all variants of OS.

Update Firefox Browser

The Firefox browser has a feature to automatically check and update to the latest version in the background. However, follow these simple steps if you want to verify and update Firefox manually.

Here are the steps on how to update Firefox Mac, Windows, or Linux:

  1. Launch the Mozilla Firefox browser on your computer.
  2. Hit on More horizontal 3bar icon for options and select Preferences/Options from the list.
    Firefox Preferences Options setting
  3. Within General preferences, scroll down to the Firefox Updates section.
    Firefox Updates section in General Preferences
  4. Hit on Check for updates button.
  5. The Firefox will check for updates, automatically start the installation and ask to relaunch the browser.

That’s it; the Firefox browser is updated. If there are no new updates, it will show a message “:) Firefox is up to date“. Using these steps, you can update Firefox running on any operating system.

Alternative Steps to Update Firefox Quantum

There are also a few alternative steps that can help in updating the Firefox browser. These alternative steps work in Windows 10 and earlier and Linux-based operating systems.

Follow these steps to update Firefox on Windows or Linux:

  1. Launch the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Hit on the More horizontal 3bar icon for options.
    Firefox Browser Options Menu
  3. Select the Help > About Firefox option
    About Firefox Help Section
  4. The About Mozilla Firefox window will appear, and start checking for updates.
    Firefox Quantum is up to date
  5. Firefox will download the updates and automatically install them in the background. I may also ask to relaunch the browser for significant upgrades.

You can access About Firefox from the Menu bar for the macOS machine.
About Firefox macOS menu bar
This was another way to update Firefox from the About Firefox option. You will get the same features with both of these updating ways. So, you do not have to keep on using both.

Mozilla Firefox Update Frequency

Like Google Chrome has different channels with varying update frequencies, Mozilla follows similar fundamentals. Each channel has different usages and updates frequency.

  1. Download Firefox — The updates are quite a few, once or twice a month (most stable, highly recommended)
  2. Firefox Beta — The updates are pretty frequent, almost weekly (partially unstable)
  3. Firefox Developers Edition — similar to beta, the updates are weekly (unstable)
  4. Firefox Nightly — this channel has nightly updates.

Bottom Line: Check for Update Firefox

Like Chrome, Firefox comes up with new updates to its UI with every new version or update. The new versions will provide enhanced privacy, security, and other bug fixes.

We should always stay up to date with the latest version of the Firefox browser. For the same, one should know how to update Firefox.

I taught my mother how to update Firefox on the laptop. She was more than happy with the same.

Let me know if you’ve any questions or are facing any challenges while updating the Firefox browser on your computer in the comments below!

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