How to Disable Telemetry Data Collection on Firefox to Increase Privacy

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Disable Firefox Telemetry

Telemetry is a type of data collection system that collects engineering data about your browsing history. Most of the data that is collected is hardware and customization based, however it does also contain a portion of usage statistics. The data is collected anonymously and is used to improve browser performance in newer versions. Privacy advocates are against telemetry data, especially when apps and services opt-in by default. You can also read How To Disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10 and Regain Your Privacy.

Updated in 2024 for current releases of Firefox including v122.

If you use Microsoft Edge, check out our article How to Make Microsoft Edge More Privacy Friendly.

How to Disable Telemetry Data Collection on Firefox

First we’ll cover the simpler items to disable. These can be found in the Firefox Settings.

  • Open Firefox and in the address bar type about:preferences#privacy to open the Firefox Settings and go to the Privacy section
  • Scroll down to the Firefox Data Collection and Use section and uncheck everything
    Firefox Data Collection

In Firefox 93, Mozilla introduced Contextual and Sponsored Suggestions in the Address Bar. Unfortunately, this means that they need to collect data that you type into the address bar to offer those suggestions.

  • Open Firefox and in the address bar type about:preferences#privacy to open the Firefox Settings and go to the Privacy section
  • Scroll down to the Address Bar – Firefox Suggest section
  • Uncheck Include Occasional Sponsored Suggestions and Contextual Suggestions
    Firefox Contextual Suggestions Address Bar

Newer versions of Firefox include settings for Enhanced Tracking Protection. Standard should be good for most users and shouldn’t break websites. You can set it to Strict, but it could break some sites and functionality.

Firefox Enhanced Tracking Protection

Newer versions also let you set DNS over HTTPS within the browser. This will prevent your ISP (Internet Service Provider) or untrusted wireless networks from snooping on your web traffic. Keep in mind, this only applies to Firefox traffic. If you want to use DNS over HTTPS (DoH) or DNS over TLS (DoT), it is best to use it system-wide, but this is better than not using it at all. Firefox comes with support for Cloudflare and NextDNS, both of which are good solutions. You can also set a custom provider and use a service like Quad9.

Firefox DoH

For the more advanced settings, you can individually disable some hidden settings. Change these with caution as they could break some features that you use in Firefox. Some of these settings may change with different releases of Firefox.

  • Open Firefox and in the address bar type about:config
  • In the Search bar, search for each one of these settings and double-click on them to change the setting to False except for the one that says True:
    devtools.onboarding.telemetry.logged = false
    toolkit.telemetry.updatePing.enabled = false
    browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.feeds.telemetry = false
    browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.telemetry = false
    browser.ping-centre.telemetry = false
    toolkit.telemetry.bhrPing.enabled = false
    toolkit.telemetry.enabled = false
    toolkit.telemetry.firstShutdownPing.enabled = false
    toolkit.telemetry.hybridContent.enabled = false
    toolkit.telemetry.newProfilePing.enabled = false
    toolkit.telemetry.reportingpolicy.firstRun = false
    toolkit.telemetry.shutdownPingSender.enabled = false
    toolkit.telemetry.unified = false
    toolkit.telemetry.updatePing.enabled = false
    toolkit.telemetry.reportingpolicy.firstRun = false
    toolkit.telemetry.unified = false
    toolkit.telemetry.archive.enabled = false
    devtools.onboarding.telemetry.logged = false
    toolkit.telemetry.bhrPing.enabled = false
    datareporting.healthreport.uploadEnabled = false
    datareporting.policy.dataSubmissionEnabled = false
    datareporting.sessions.current.clean = true
    datareporting.healthreport.uploadEnabled = false
    datareporting.policy.dataSubmissionEnabled = false
    datareporting.sessions.current.clean = true
  • Search for toolkit.telemetry.server, double-click on it and delete the value of the server

Once you’ve made all of these changes, restart Firefox and all of the telemetry data collection should be disabled. As Firefox releases updates, we’ll keep this article updated if new features are rolled out as opt-in and could cause a privacy concern.


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