How to Download Firefox for Android Without Google Play

Mozilla Firefox is a cross-platform application as we know, hence it is present not only for Desktops but smartphones as well. But on mobile, generally, we use application stores such as Play Store on Android to download apps but what if you don’t want to use it? This is the problem we are going to solve in this tutorial and learn how to install the Mozilla FireFox browser APK on Android without using the Google Play Store.

Well, the reason to not use Google Play to install some applications can be any – maybe it is a personal preference, or you want to use some older version of FireFox, or thinking of trying a modded browser; the reason can be any but the method to download and install Firefox on your Android device without relying on Google Play is simple, here are the steps to follow: 

Step-by-Step Guide to Downloading Firefox Without Google Play

Step 1: Enable Installation from Unknown Sources

If you have never installed any third-party application on Android using APK then you have to first enable the setting to allow the installation of the application from unknown sources.

Note: While installing the APK file, the Android smartphone itself asks you to enable the Unkown source installation settings and also gives the option to do that. However, if you want to do it before installing an app, here are the steps to follow

  1. On your Android smartphone open Settings.
  2. Depending upon your Smartphone brand search or scroll down to find “Security” or “Security or Privacy (Biometrics)” and open it.
  3. There you need to find an option labeled “Install unknown apps” or “Unknown sources“. If you are a Samsung phone user then you need to first open the “More Settings” option available there to find it. Once you have the option, tap it.
  4. Select the browser you will use to download Firefox (e.g., Chrome) and tap on the toggle button to allow it to install apps from third-party sources.
Allow Google browser to install Unkown sources apps

Step 2: Download Firefox APK

The second task we need to perform is downloading of FireFox APK (Android Package Kit) file. APK files are Android executable files used to pack Android applications.

So, before downloading the APK files you must ensure that they are getting them from a reputable source. Open your Android Browser and either browse to Mozilla FTP site to download the latest version APK file, here is the link to that – or else visit a website like APKMirror and search for FireFox to easily get the latest APK file. If the browser produces any warning then tap on the option – Download Anyways…


Step 3: Installing Firefox APK on Android

  1. As the system finishes downloading, you will have a notification for that.
  2. Either tap on the notification to execute the APK file or locate it in the Downloads folder from the file manager app and then tap the downloaded Firefox APK to run it.
  3. Tap “Install” when prompted. The installation process will begin.
  4. Once the installation is complete, you can run Firefox directly from the installer by selecting the “Open” option or finding the Firefox icon in your app drawer.
Install FireFox APK file

Step 4: Finalize Setup

Upon launching Firefox for the first time on an Android phone, the browser will ask to perform a few settings such as setting the Firefox as default Android browser, Allowing notifications from Firefox, and Signing in to enable syncing between devices. You can skip them if you don’t want to configure these settings initially.

Install Firefox on Android without Google play store


Is downloading Firefox outside of Google Play safe?

If you are downloading the FireFox APK file either from its developer website or some trusted source then it is quite safe to get it instead from Google Play but refrain from getting APK files from unknown or suspicious websites because there are chances that the APK file is modified to perform malicious tasks.

Can I receive updates for Firefox without Google Play?

No, Firefox will not update itself if the Google Play store is not available on your Android device. In that scenario, the user needs to download the latest APK file of the FireFox and install it as we have shown in this tutorial.

Will Firefox work the same as if it were downloaded from Google Play?

Yes, the Firefox installed through Google Play or downloaded and installed directly using the APK file will work the same. It doesn’t matter what installation method you have used. The only thing that will be different is the way to get future updates for the browser.


We have seen so far the process of installing the Mozilla FireFox Android browser using the APK is quite a straightforward method and it doesn’t need Google Play to work. The method we have shown in this tutorial to install Firefox using APK is applicable for any other Android app that APK files are available to download online. Nevertheless, if you have any queries the comment section is all yours….