While Firefox no longer rules the browser arena on any platform, no other browser can match the same level of customisation and extensibility that it offers at the moment.
Just like the desktop edition, the Android version also supports a large selection of add-ons that can greatly improve the browsing experience on your smartphone.
Let’s take a look at some of the most useful ones we think you should try.
1. uBlock Origin
uBlock Origin helps you block annoying ads or popups that make browsing the Web a tedious experience. Unlike Adblock Plus, uBlock has been proven to be less resource-hungry and better at memory management, so you should not notice any performance or battery hits while using this add-on.
2. Lastpass Password Manager
Lastpass really needs no introduction. Aside from providing a regular Android app, they also happen to have an add-on that integrates with Firefox for Android which works just like a desktop browser. This will help you access your passwords quickly without having to switch back and forth between apps.
3. URL Fixer
If you’re like me, you probably make mistakes while typing the URL of a website on occasion. URL Fixer helps you avoid error pages that inevitably occur by changing common typos such as “maketecheasier,con” or “iaaf.irg” to the valid URL. You can set it to auto-correct your typos or ask you for confirmation before applying any changes.
This add-on allows you to download video and audio files from websites like Facebook, YouTube, DailyMotion and more. You can even choose your preferred video format and resolution before downloading.
5. Dark Background and Light Text
If you browse the Web late into the night, you should use this extension to make the browser interface more tolerable for your eyes. Once installed, it will transform every webpage to have light text on a dark background to improve readability and reduce eye-strain. You can prevent certain websites from adopting this behaviour and even customise the exact colours that are applied in the add-on’s preferences by clicking the highlighted icon in the screenshot above.
6. Google Search Link Fix
If you hate the way Google changes the links on their search result pages to gibberish in order to track clicks so that if you want to copy directly from there you are not able to, this add-on will correct that behaviour for you automatically so that links render normally.
7. Adblocker for YouTube
Adblocker for YouTube helps you get rid of all intrusive YouTube Ads that interfere with your experience while using the site without requiring any input from you. This also helps the videos load a lot faster.
8. Self-Destructing Cookies
As the name implies, Self-Destructing Cookies helps you remove a site’s cookies and cached data immediately when you close its tabs so that you will not be tracked incessantly. You can whitelist sites that you want to be exempt from this behaviour in the add-on’s preferences.
Do you know any other useful add-ons for Firefox for Android? Don’t forget to tell us about it in the comments section below.