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How to Update Firefox on Computer and Laptops?

Firefox is one of the best browsers for your Laptop or Computer. With time many new features are added in the Firefox with the new updates. This is the reason why you must have the updated version. So, the most simple way to update your Firefox is by going to the settings of Firefox and opening the About Firefox option where you will get the direct link to update. Just click on the update option and enjoy the new features of your Firefox.

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.

Just like Chrome updates, firefox regularly releases updates that include new features, security patches, and also improved user privacy. Hence, it is important 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.

Related: Mozilla Firefox vs Google Chrome: Which is Better?

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.

Steps to Update Firefox Browser

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

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 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, then 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 as well as Linux-based operating systems.

Follow these steps to update Firefox on Windows or Linux:

  1. Launch the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Hit on the 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. May also ask to relaunch the browser for significant upgrades.

For the macOS machine, you can access the About Firefox from the Menu bar.
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

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

  1. Download Firefox — The updates are quite a few, once or twice in a month (most stable, highly recommended)
  2. Firefox Beta — The updates are quite 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

Just like Chrome, Firefox comes up with new updates into its UI with every new version or update. The new versions are bound to 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!


Are the steps to update the Firefox browser in macOS and Windows the same?

Yes, you need to follow the identical steps in both windows and Mac for updating your Firefox browser.

How can I update my Firefox in Windows 11? 

To update the Firefox browser in Windows 11, you need to open the browser and go to the three dots or bars in the corner. There you need to hit ok on the settings and then to the generals or about. The update option will be in front of you.

If I do not Update the Firefox, will get updated automatically?

Yes, the Firefox browser by default gets updated automatically.

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