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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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idoc
Making moves

I don't know if I'm the only one to think so.

In my opinion Mozilla becomes like Microsoft which considers that the users of their programs only have to pay and close their mouths.

I know that Firefox is free but then why do we constantly receive emails asking for donations?

Fuego
Making moves

Yes! This makes me want to switch back to Chrome. It's stupid that this is needed and with how often it updates, it is infuriating when you don't have the time to manually find and reopen every tab you had.

eddiebriskett3
New member

Update app

 

siliconHuntsman
New member

Adding my comments, the forced update has been irritating me for a long time, still today it crossed the line. I made Ubuntu update yesterday and recycled power. Moment ago, freshly run Firefox said that it needs a restart itself not allowing me to open a new browser window effectively terminating my purchase process and payment session. This is not trustful behavior of application. There needs to be an option to bypass that forced restart and no, I do not have option in my Firefox and disable it.

Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hey all! In case you're interested, a Product Manager from the Firefox Desktop team is currently leading a discussion about private windows here: Private Windows on Firefox 

This is a great chance to connect with our product team and play a role in improving this feature, so feel free to join the conversation 😃

hrebicek
New member

Forced restarts, usually at the worst possible moment, are not only bad, they are insane, unless you really really want to drive users to other browsers. I use a lot of private windows for various reasons - and they do not recover, so I have to somehow start backing up links if I want to continue using the browser. I would welcome updates - if I could restart when I want i.e. not when I am busy. I do it all the time with package updates in my linux distribution - I start the update when I go for a lunch or something. Sneaky background updates, which cannot be turned off, are not necessary at all - give us the option to turn it off and do the update at the time when we want.

For Mike's love stop this insanity !! I use Firefox from its inception, with satisfaction, but his is driving me away.

MartinH

hrebicek
New member

Forced restarts, usually at the worst possible moment, are not only bad, they are insane, unless you really want to drive users to other browsers. I use a lot of private windows for various reasons - and they do not recover, so I have to somehow start backing up links if I want to continue using the browser. I would welcome updates - if I could restart when I want i.e. not when I am busy. I do it all the time with package updates in my linux distribution - I start the update when I go for a lunch or something. Sneaky background updates, which cannot be turned off, are not necessary at all - give us the option to turn it off and do the update at the time when we want.

For Mike's love stop this insanity !! I use Firefox from its inception, with satisfaction, but his is driving me away.

MartinH

osyalia
New member

Please STOP forcing browser restart to update!

My working process run in real-time environment, and I cannot afford restarting all working tabs just because you lot want an update immediately. On restart I have to log in on several interfaces again, reload  backups, and do lots of extra staff just because you wanted an immediate update!

I can restart browser by myself at the end of the day, thank you very much.

Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

On the Firefox preferences page, under the Updates section, you should have the option to change your setting to allow Firefox to 'Check for updates but let you choose to install them'

rwg05
New member

I have Firefox 101.0.1 (64-bit) (was just forced to restart...) for Ubuntu and I do not see this option.

(Edit: this is in response to @Jon's comment. Sorry first time using this forum)

jscher2000
Leader

@rwg05 wrote:

I have Firefox 101.0.1 (64-bit) (was just forced to restart...) for Ubuntu and I do not see this option.

(Edit: this is in response to @Jon's comment. Sorry first time using this forum)


When you install Firefox through a package manager, the package manager usually schedules updates and overrides Firefox's setting. It also might be a slightly modified version of Firefox. You might check a Ubuntu forum to find suggestions from other Firefox users running the same package.

skunkbad
New member

I hate these forced restarts. I curse the name of Firefox every time it happens, because it NEVER happens at a good time. If I have to do something really important, should I always need to use a different browser?

sarelb
New member

PLEASE ADD OPTION WHEN FIREFOX DOES UPDATE: OPTION SHOULD BE " DO NOT EVER RESTART" BECAUSE WHEN I RESTART THE MILTY OPTION OF USING MORE THAT ONE SCREEN DISAPEARS ON MY LAPTOP SETTINGS AND THEN I BATTLE TO GET A SCREEN BACK ON MY TV USED AS A SECOND SCREEN !!! I AM OLD AND MY EYES CAN NOT READ ON MY LAPTOP. PLEASE!!! OTHERWISE I WILL HAVE TO USE ANOTHER BROWSER.

Naov
New member

I hate it, specially during the pandemic where we use a lot of online meetings, suddenly the Force Restart in 15 minutes will happen. Sometimes I don't even see the notification because I have a big monitor and suddenly the forms I'm filling are lost, or I'm at the middle of a course I'm teaching and it closes itself.

If this happened every month or so it would be a little less frustrating (but still), however this happens every week it's insane.

angry_blob
New member

It's like the tenth time that Firefox decides that is time to update, does so, and then forcibly requires me to restart Firefox. But uh-o, I often use only private windows because I don't like cookies, and I don't want to have them saved on my PC; BUT IF THEN FIREFOX RANDOMLY RESTARTS, ALL OF THESE WINDOWS GO INTO VALHALLA, DON'T COME BACK, AND I LOSE TRACK OF EVERYTHING I WAS DOING. And, in my respectful and peaceful opinion, it's kind of dumb given that at no point in this process I asked for any of this. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

Ps please don't tell me "you can disable cookies etc in settings" because I still want them on for when I'm using websites where I want to remain logged in. And no, I'm not going to waste hours to make a whitelist.