Mozilla is ending support for Firefox Lockwise

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 20, 2021
Updated • Nov 20, 2021
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Mozilla announced this week that it will end support for the Firefox Lockwise applications for Android and iOS. The standalone applications are replaced by Firefox itself, which takes the role as the system-wide password manager.

Mozilla launched Firefox Lockwise under the name Lockbox back in 2018 for iOS and in 2019 for Android. Lockbox was renamed to Lockwise in 2019 and also released as an extension for Firefox in that year.

Support for both applications ends on December 13, 2021 officially. End of support means that Mozilla won't release updates for the applications anymore and that it can't be installed or reinstalled anymore from Apple's App Store or Google's Play Store.

Mozilla will end support for the Firefox Lockwise app on Android and iOS, effective December 13, 2021. You will no longer be able to install or reinstall Firefox Lockwise from the App Store or Google Play Store. iOS version 1.8.1 and Android version 4.0.3 will be the last releases for Firefox Lockwise. The application may continue to work on your device, but it will no longer receive support or security updates.

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After December 13, 2021, you can continue to access your saved passwords and your password management in the Firefox desktop and mobile browsers.

Users who have the applications installed may continue using them to access saved content and use the functionality that the applications provide. Mozilla advises against this as there won't be any support or security updates going forward.

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Firefox users who use the mobile version of the web browser on Android can use it as a system-wide password manager already. Mozilla rolled out the functionality in Firefox 93 for Android, which it released as a stable version in October 2021.

Firefox needs to be set as the auto-fill service on the Android device to use the functionality.  Users may then sign-in to other applications on the device using Firefox's password storage.

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Mozilla plans to introduce the same system-wide password manager functionality in Firefox 39 for iOS. The version is scheduled for a release in December 2021.

Firefox users may sync credentials between desktop and mobile versions of Firefox. Mozilla suggests to sync Firefox Lockwise data using a Firefox account to synchronize the credentials with the account.

Firefox is not the only web browser that may be used as a system-wide password manager. On Android, Chromium-based browsers such as Chrome or Edge may also be used for that.

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  1. Yash said on November 20, 2021 at 5:33 pm
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    Using Bitwarden currently. Always use a dedicated password manager to those who’re not using any.

    1. ShintoPlasm said on November 21, 2021 at 10:22 am
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      +1

  2. jimbo said on November 20, 2021 at 6:12 pm
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    This led me to a significant discovery. I had previously tried Bitwarden in Android (unsuccessfully). Reading this I discover you may have to enable the Autofill Service to work. It’s in Android settings (system|input|advanced – in case someone misses this)

    1. Yash said on November 21, 2021 at 4:57 am
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      Welcome to ever changing Android settings.

    2. Rex said on November 22, 2021 at 2:58 am
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      Bitwarden informs you to enable it when you install it on Android for the first time, how did you even miss this? The Autofill service has existed since at least Nougat or 9.

  3. Spark said on November 20, 2021 at 9:08 pm
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    Although removing lock wise seems like a bad thing but since it’s functionality is added in browser and auto fill stuff works well, it’s not a problem.

    But people cry everytime

    1. Herman Cost said on November 20, 2021 at 11:19 pm
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      Er….lets count em. Exactly no one has cried.

  4. Padraig said on November 20, 2021 at 9:36 pm
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    My understanding was/is that in general browser based password storage is less secure than a dedicated password manager ?

  5. Anonymous said on November 20, 2021 at 10:21 pm
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    Mozilla is a dangerous organization and Firefox is used by terrorists worldwide
    https://madaidans-insecurities.github.io/firefox-chromium.html

    1. Alex said on November 21, 2021 at 10:45 pm
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      > Firefox is used by terrorists worldwide

      So are spoons.

    2. m3city said on November 22, 2021 at 1:34 pm
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      Hello, steel kindney ;)
      Btw, there is nothing in that link about terrorists worldwide.

      1. Iron Heart said on November 22, 2021 at 10:17 pm
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        @m3city

        Are you dumb? Asking for a friend…

      2. m3city said on November 22, 2021 at 11:34 pm
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        @Iron Heart
        Funny you responded…

        When I ask my kids who left mess in the bathroom, I listen carefully which one says “not me” first – that is the guilty one.

        I know it’s a tech blog. But i’m in good mood today! :)

      3. Iron Heart said on November 24, 2021 at 8:56 am
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        @m3city

        If you think I write this type of comment, you are even dumber than I thought, your kitchen psychology aside. I am just here to clarify that I am never writing under another nickname than “Iron Heart” here, you’d know this if you had some kind of brain.

  6. corroded_brave_iron_head said on November 21, 2021 at 10:40 am
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    Who f.cares?? Once a good browser now they put out only garbage as so called web browser services. And their once top exec copying it with another bull$hit coward browser disguising as privacy centric but clearly only profit and data collection guided.

  7. motang said on November 22, 2021 at 2:40 am
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    Well that’s annoying. Guess there goes my usage.

  8. lee said on November 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm
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    i’ve been using Lockwise on all my devices, but I do not trust Firefox can be a speedy passwd manager on ios. so as I’ve kinda expected, this will be the time for me to move over to Bitwarden.
    i’ve been a big mozilla/firefox stan, but it’s becoming harder and harder to defend their recent decisions :(

    1. m3city said on November 22, 2021 at 5:20 pm
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      @lee
      It was good as an extension, but not as an integrated solution, possibly system wide? What changed here?

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