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Mozilla Firefox Doesn’t Update Automatically

This Tutorial addresses:
  • Web Browser
  • Firefox
  • Internet Applications
Mozilla Firefox is one of the web browsers that is continuously updated by its developers. As soon as a new update is released and becomes available for the end users, the users are instantaneously notified about the released update, and are prompted and strongly recommended to download them in order to stay protected from the external attacks and to improve the efficiency of the web browser.

Since the latest updates also contain various patches that reduce the chances of getting the Mozilla Firefox crashed while you work on it, it can be said that the web browser must be regularly updated with the most recent updates so that you can get the ultimate user experience while surfing the Internet or downloading the files.

Even the Mozilla Firefox developers understand this and therefore they have developed the browser keeping the automatic updates enabled by default. This means that the Mozilla Firefox automatically searches for the available updates and notifies the users as per its default configuration. However in some instances this option might accidentally get disabled due to any reason. When this happens, you are no longer prompted for the released updates. As a result, after some time, installed instance of your Mozilla Firefox can become outdated and vulnerable to external attacks and abrupt crashes.

In case you are not prompted for the Firefox updates for a long time, it is probably the time to verify if the automatic updates are turned on. If you happen to see that the updates are being disabled, you must enable them as soon as possible to stay updated and protected.

Below is a process using which you can verify if the automatic updates are turned on, and if they are not, the instructions will guide you through the process of turning them on again:

  1. Log on to the computer on which the configuration is to be made.

  2. Double-click the Mozilla Firefox icon to initialize the web browser.

  3. Once opened, click the Firefox button at the top left corner of the window.

  4. From the displayed menu, go to the Options > Options option.



  5. On the opened Options box, click to select the Advanced icon from the displayed icon bar.

  6. Once on the Advanced interface, click the Update tab.

  7. Under the Firefox updates section, click to select the Automatically install updates (recommended, improved security) radio button.



  8. Once done, click OK button to save the changes.

  9. Restart Mozilla Firefox to allow the changes to take effect.


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