Mozilla is ending support for Firefox Lockwise

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.

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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