Firefox took to its blog today to announce a new content blocker for Safari on iOS. Focus by Firefox works within Safari on iOS (and only Safari at the moment) to block the content you don’t want to see such as ads and trackers. Firefox claims the app will also help with battery and mobile data usage. You can download the app from the Apple App Store and once launched you will be guided through a setup process. We have yet to try this app but we will be giving it a go as soon as we can. Firefox is trying to find a way to make this work on its own iOS browser, but for now Apple’s restrictions are in the way. Read Firefox’s post below.
Today we’re pleased to announce the launch of Focus by Firefox, a free content blocker for Safari users on iOS 9 that gives users greater control of their mobile Web experience. Focus by Firefox puts users in control of their privacy by allowing them to block categories of trackers such as those used for ads, analytics and social media. Focus by Firefox may also increase performance and reduce mobile data usage by blocking Web fonts. We welcome your feedback as we explore ways to offer more features in Focus by Firefox in the future.
Users can download and install Focus by Firefox from the App Store, and once it is installed, launching the app will provide a guide to finish configuration. Focus by Firefox will block the same trackers that are blocked by Private Browsing with Tracking Protection in Firefox for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android, based on Disconnect’s open source blocklist.
Currently, Focus by Firefox only works with Safari, not Firefox for iOS. This was not our choice—Apple has chosen to make content blocking unavailable to third party browsers on iOS. We are exploring how we can provide this feature on Firefox for iOS and will deliver it as soon as it’s possible.
You can learn more about why we created Focus by Firefox here. We’re excited about sharing this release with you today and we’re already working on making Focus by Firefox even better in the future!
If you give this a shot, let us know how you like it in the comments below!