Faster is always better when it comes to computing, and this is especially the case when it comes to browsing the web. People more than ever before are demanding speed, and with Firefox specifically since it’s so widely used.
Whether you like to zip along, opening tabs left and right and want your computer to keep up with you, or you like to use Firefox for media-related activities, having your browser respond exactly when you want it can enhance your internet-browsing experience like nothing else. And there are dozens of easy ways to speed up Firefox right now.
Our guide will outline how to make Firefox as fast as possible.
One of the easiest ways to get extra speed in Firefox is to upgrade to the latest version available. Having an out-of-date browser can bog down speed if you use several plugins and extensions often. Also, certain vulnerabilities of the browser are usually fixed in newer versions, and that can make a difference too.
To make sure you always have the latest version of Firefox, go to the top-left menu in Firefox, and go to “Help” and “About Firefox.”
In the window that loads you’ll see a button to “Check For Updates.” Click the button to see if any updates are available. And if Firefox is up-to-date, it will say so here.
Plugins are a big part of any browser, especially Firefox. They allow you to view internet content that requires Flash, Java, Silverlight or Office to work; all the interactive stuff that makes surfing the web fun. However, plugins can be a major source of slowage in Firefox. By making sure they’re up-to-date, you can speed up Firefox noticeably.
While you can’t remove plugins, they can be updated or disabled. Disabling a plugin is your best bet if you’re looking for increased speed. To disable or update plugins, go to the top-left menu and select “Add-ons.” Once you’re here, go to “Plugins” in the left side bar.
After you click, you will see all of your plugins. To see if any need updating click on the link that says “Check to see if your plugins are up to date” at the top of the page.
And to disable any of your plugins, click “Disable” to the far right of each plugin.
If there are extensions you’re not using anymore either, the same thing goes for these as well – time to disable them, or even more drastic, remove them completely. If you’re struggling with a slow browser, unnecessary extensions can definitely be the culprit. To disable or remove extensions, go to “Add-ons” then click “Extensions.”
Once the Extensions page loads, go down the list and either disable or remove the extensions you’re not using anymore. The “Disable” and “Remove” buttons for each extension are located to the far right of each.
Also, make sure to update the extensions you do use often. This will speed up Firefox too. To stay on top of the updates for your favorite extensions, go to the “Add-ons” from the main menu, then click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the page. After you click the icon, a drop-down menu will appear. Select “Update Add-ons Automatically.”
Clear Browsing Data
Most browsers by default save your browsing data to help the page load faster when you return, but this data can slow Firefox big time. You can either clear your entire browsing data for best results, or you can clear the data for a single website. Also, you can even have it clear everytime you close your browser.
To clear browsing data, go to the top-left menu and click “History.” A side window will pop-up, and select “Clear Recent History…”
After you select that, a tiny window will pop-up on your screen where you can choose the time range to clear data from.
You can also specify which browsing data is cleared by clicking the “Details” button. And then click “Clear Now” before exiting.
Activate “Click to Play”
Another great way to speed up Firefox is by changing the plugin settings so they’re only activated/turned on when you want to use them. To set this up, go to the address bar in Firefox and type “about:config” then press “Enter.”
After you do this, a warning will appear asking if you’re sure you want to enter this area, as it might void your warranty. Click, “I’ll be careful I promise.”
After you click, scroll down until you see “plugins.click_to_play.”
To the far right of it, you should see the value “false” in the far right column.
And this value is what you’ll double-click it in order to change the value to “true,” which is necessary to have your plugins play on command. Simply double-click “false” once, and it’ll change into “true.”
Speed is king with internet browsing, and the above tricks for speeding up Firefox quite well. Sometimes doing the simplest things can make a huge difference, and these easy speed-up fixes exemplify this to a tee. Also, if you’d also like a tool specifically created to help speed up Firefox, check out Speedy Fox, a free tool that boosts Firefox’s performance and speed.