The future Firefox 93 web browser for Android can be used as a system-wide password manager by its users. Until now, passwords saved in the browser were limited to use in the browser. If you have saved a Reddit or Amazon password in Firefox, you can open the Reddit or Amazon website to automatically log in using the saved data.
What you couldn’t do until now was launch the Reddit or Amazon app on the Android device and expect to be signed in automatically. A password manager was required for this functionality.
Starting with Firefox 93 for Android, released on October 5, 2021, Firefox users can use the browser’s password manager to sign in to any app on the device.
If a password is saved in Firefox 93 or later, Firefox users can select the account credentials to sign in to an app on the device. For example: With Instagram IDs saved in Firefox, Firefox may suggest using the saved IDs when a user opens the login page in the Instagram app.
A small modification of the browser settings is required to activate the new functionality. Select the three-dot menu icon in Firefox, then select Settings from the context menu. On the main Settings page, select Login and password. Locate the option “Autofill in other applications” and turn it on to be enabled. Android displays a prompt to choose a compatible app for auto-filling passwords across the device system. Select Firefox and you are ready on the device.
The saved passwords can then be used to log into applications on the device. The username field displays account suggestions and also an option to search for Firefox; the latter is useful if the correct account has not been automatically selected by Firefox.
With sync enabled in Firefox, Firefox will sync all user credentials with other Firefox installations, provided the same account is used on those devices.
Firefox 93 includes a new option to save passwords manually. Just type in the site URL, username and password to save the credentials in the browser. These can then be used to sign in to websites in Firefox, but also in apps on the Android device.
Select Menu> Settings> Usernames and passwords> Saved credentials, enter the Android PIN code and use the new option “Add a username” on the page that opens to manually add a new site to the Firefox password manager .
Check out the full blog post on the Mozilla website.
Firefox isn’t the only Android browser that can act as a system-wide password manager. Chrome and Edge, among others, can also be configured to auto-fill passwords on Android.
Now you: do you use a password manager on your mobile devices?