Firefox Update 89.0

I want my old Firefox back. The latest update has installed without my approval and I hate it. But, there is no way I can see to go back to version 88.0. You are doing a great job of persuading me to change to Chrome.


Actually, there are 2 things which you can do about it!

I found a URL for FF88.0.1 by playing around a bit with the standard download URL:

Of course this is the D/L link for Windows, but for your platform, you can copy the default download link and then replace latest in the link with 88.0.1.

If you cannot download or install the previous version, or if you want to keep up to date with bugfixes, then you can (at least for now!) do this:

  1. Open the about:config url
  2. search for proton
  3. Change the value of browser.proton.enabled to false!

And there you go, the old UI is back. (At least until the dev team rips it out… :cry:

Like you, I really hate the new look. I hate those floating disconnected tabs.

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Yes, it is just awful.
I’ve had to sign up just to say, this needs to change back ASAP.
Why did they add a nonremovable bar to my browser?
Nobody wants it!
Get rid of that stupid new appearance, and extra top bar.
I don’t want to have to use edge or chrome, but this is unacceptable.


Hello, I found version 88.0 for Windows x64, installed it and it has wiped out all of my bookmarks and stored logins. I had a backup of my bookmarks but not my logins. Never thought about using Edge, but it’s now a possibility.

You probably were prompted to create a new profile because once a later version has touched a profile, earlier versions of Firefox will not want to use it.

You could look at the downgrade section of the following article:

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Tottaly agreed. New UI is so awful I had to search how to go back to the old one.

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I opted for the previous version, and the new version is still there. Firefox opens slower and slower. My searches jump into the URL space. I don’t use Chrome much because of that. The pinned website graphics are awful.


Version 89 is simply awful. They have even spaced out my bookmarks so they don’t fit on one page any more. I’ve gone back to version 88.
Now I just need to figure out how to turn off those nagging upgrade reminders.

Would also be nice to find a fully offline version of Firefox88 and save it on my PC, just in case I need to do a re-install later.


I also very much dislike how typing in the “Search” bar suddenly jumps to the URL bar!

Just because Chrome does it doesn’t mean it’s a good or even valid UI… It’s horribly disorienting.


Currently, there is a preference for this, but it does take a bit of work to find it because of the unusual name:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button accepting the risk.

(2) In the search box in the page, type or paste handoff and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.improvesearch.handoffToAwesomebar preference to switch the value from true to false


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I also got the tip to change the setting:

browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.newNewtabExperience.enabled to false

To undo the damage done to the new-tab page, and restore the icons on that page to their previous size.