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istrasci
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Status: New idea

Please do not block my browsing session just to force me to restart!  Let me restart when I want to.  For security reasons, I'm almost always browsing in Private Mode, and as such, logins and passwords are not saved.  So when I'm forced to restart because of an update, I have to save my current tab session, reopen them after FF has restarted, and re-login to every site I was using—many of which require 2FA, so it's extra annoying.

This is bad UX!  Put a notification, or even a whole separate tab telling me I need to restart.  But don't block out everything I was doing.  Even Windows doesn't do this...

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Brycey92
New member

This "feature" is extremely annoying, often causing me lost work, and it treats Firefox users with no respect. I'm not a child. I understand the risks of delaying browser updates by a few minutes to a few days, and should be allowed to make my own decisions.

WizKI
New member

Honestly, I do not like to be forced to do smth. I take my responsibility while using a tool. The web browser is a kind of this tool. Let us to use it as we want. Do not besome the second MS, please.

avoss
Making moves

Just want to add my voice here. Forcing users to restart at arbitrary times is really poor UX. Unlike what some people have said, this is not a problem just with snap but happens at least on MacOS as well. I can understand that there are some security considerations here but at least a button to postpone the update would be good. Even Apple does not force updates on you that hard.

People can be in a rush or occupied for all sorts of reasons. Imagine I am trying to find the way to the closest emergency room while this happens. Also very annoying during calls. I don't even have a 2nd browser available on my Linux box, so no workaround. Losing open private mode windows is an additional issue.

This is a fundamentally flawed design decision that needs to be remedied. Love and kisses from someone who loves Firefox and happens to think it does not need to be the fastest browser in the world as long as it does what it does right! I changes my update setting and will continue using your browser but please fix this for everyone, incl. users who do not like to dig into their settings.

botulf
New member

I am disappointed that Mozilla doesn't listen. I have been a serious user and promoter for Mozilla since the last Netscape and the first firebird.

Guess its now grown over the level of users. Controlled by commercial companies probably.

Guess chromium is next sadly.

Ipsrich
Making moves

I'm curious as to why nothing is being done to address this issue (or, at least, no assurance is being posted here that it is being addressed).  It's clearly massively annoying and inconveniencing lots of people - myself included, both today and yesterday on two separate machines.  I love Firefox but I really hate this aspect.  Please trust that I'm not an idiot and can be trusted to restart my browser when I'm ready.  Feel free to remind me on every new tab!

Vision7982
New member

I keep a lot of tabs open in multiple windows, and when Firefox update requires an update in the middle of a (non-private) session, it can take several minutes to come back.  Often I am trying to open a new page, and that process is lost.  Other times, a stock trade is delayed, which can translate into lost $.

Please don't block use of the browser whenever an update downloads.

nickyp123
New member

Pretty unbelievable they are still doing this given the activity on this thread. Very disappointing, I can either use this bad product or give up and join the chrome world >.<

VictorLaszlo
New member

100% agree. This is MONUMENTALLY ANNOYING.

VictorLaszlo
New member

My version of FireFox (120.0) has no changable option under "Updates". There is only a "What's New" link.

avoss
Making moves

@VictorLaszlo- the choice is a little bit further down in the grey area (at least on a Mac). Look for "Check for updates but let you choose to install them". That will get Firefox to alert you when updates are available but you get to choose when to install and restart. As long as you don't ignore this, that should work fine.