Firefox rolls out a whole new homepage experience on iOS with new update

Firefox Redesign
Firefox Redesign (Image credit: Mozilla)

What you need to know

  • Firefox has a new iOS update out that redesigns the way the homepage looks and functions.
  • People will find previously viewed tabs, recent searches, and more all on the homepage.

Firefox has a new update out that changes the browser's homepage and adds previous tabs, searches, and more. The new update is rolling out for iOS right now and should be in the App Store by the time you read this.

Announced via blog post, the redesign completely changes how people will use the homepage for the better.

With this new Firefox homepage we wanted to lift that heavy mental burden of remembering to finish those halfway read articles or vacation research until you are ready to jump back and finish those tasks. We've simplified and organized your on-the-go mobile experiences into one central location, complete with new features to help you ignore the online noise and focus on what matters to you. Welcome to your new Firefox homepage, delivering a fast, intuitive and useful browser!

That redesigned homepage includes recently saved bookmarks as well as the last open tab for easier access. Recent searches are grouped by topic, while new, clutter-free tabs are the order of the day. Any tab that's been open for more than a couple of weeks will be made "inactive" so as to avoid unnecessary clutter.

You can try this all out by downloading the updated Firefox browser from the App Store now. It's free and can be set as your default browser, too. While Safari is arguably the best iPhone browser for most people Firefox has a huge community of users and these changes are sure to be well received.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

1 Comment
  • Whoa, looks like an Android app. Brilliant choice by Mozilla. Material Design is why I hated using Google Maps. Of course, by then, Apple Maps was, as they used to say in Redmond, good enough for my needs.
    OTOH, I'm not a target user for Firefox on the phone, so...