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What is Firefox Container, and how do you use it?

Do you want to install and utilize Firefox Containers? Use the Container add-on to confine your browsing data to a limited space.

Firefox Containers are used to create segregated cookies belonging to different domains. Once you have installed it, you can create a separate folder-like structure in that container containing the cookies and information only on the sites you visited.

The container is also synced across the browser on different devices.

Use Multi-Account Container on Firefox browser

In this guide, we have shared the steps to set up the Firefox Container in the Mozilla Firefox browser on the computer.

What is Firefox Container?

Firefox Containers are used to create segregated cookies belonging to different domains. For example, there will be a standalone jar just for social media cookies, the next for shopping, another for banking, and so on. These cookies remain confined to their “jars” and can’t interact with cookies belonging to other domains.

As a result, the trackers part of the Google search couldn’t pass on this information to the social media trackers;,; hence, you wouldn’t be bombarded with so-called curated ads on your Facebook profile.

Firefox Containers Demo

Furthermore, suppose you are signed in to Firefox with multiple accounts. In that case, you could use this feature to segregate your work account activities from personal ones by storing them under separate containers.

Overall, it minimizes tracking your browsing activities, enhancing online privacy.

Installing the Firefox Containers Add-on

Apart from the Firefox container, the browser also has a separate Facebook Container. So what’s the difference between the two? The former has a much broader field and deals with trackers across all the sites. However, if your primary concern is just related to Facebook, then you could also try out the Facebook Container.

Facebook Containers functionality and the installation steps stay the same. It’s just that it is limited to this social media giant and some of its sites, such as Messenger and Instagram.

Here are the steps to install the Firefox container:

  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Head over to the Multi-Account Containers add-on page.
  3. Click on the + Add to Firefox button.
    Mozilla Firefox Containers Add-on Add to Browser
  4. You will now get a confirmation prompt, click Add.
    Add Multi-account Firefox Containers

That’s it. The add-on is now successfully downloaded and installed on Firefox. You can check a new containers icon appearing in the toolbar menu.

Using the Firefox Containers in the Computer

Now that we have installed the Firefox multi-account container add-on, let’s know how to use it.

  1. Click on the Multi-Account Container icon at the extreme right of the taskbar.
  2. Hit on Get Started followed by the Next button.
    Get Started with Firefox ContainersGo through the onscreen instructions.
  3. Likewise, let the browser know if you wish to sync these containers.
    Start Syncing the Firefox Containers
  4. By default, you shall now be presented with four containers: Personal, Work, Banking, and Shopping.
    Select the Firefox containers to open in browser

Select the desired one from the list, and Firefox will open a new tab confined to that container. Now open the site of your choice, and all its associated cookies will be stored in this container.

Furthermore, to make Firefox permanently assign this container to this website, click on Multi-Account Container > Always open this site and select the Desired Container from the list.

Always Open This site in Firefox containers

Creating the New Container in Firefox on the Computer

By default, you get the Personal, Work, Banking, and Shopping containers. If you wish to create a new one, then here’s what needs to be done:

  1. Click on the Multi-Account Container icon.
  2. Hit on the Manage Container button situated at the bottom.
    Manage Containers option in Firefox Browser
  3. Click on New Container to create and customize the container per the requirement.
    For example, you could give it a title, change its color, and even its logo.
    Creating a Media Firefox Containers
  4. Hit on the OK button to save the container to the list.

The newly created container will be added to the existing list of Firefox Containers.

Deleting the Firefox Container on the Computer

If, at any point in time, you wish to delete any of your created containers, select the container from the Containers icon, and hit the Delete this Container button.

Delete this Firefox Containers

Bottom Line

The fact that it leads to minimal interaction between cookies of two domains scores high from the privacy perspective. As mentioned, you can also use the Facebook Container add-on specifically designed for Facebook and its subsidiaries.

Surprisingly, this feature is still an additional extension and has not yet been baked into the browser.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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