Change How Often Firefox Checks for Update

Mozilla Firefox is the world’s most popular web browser. And when it comes to Firefox updates, they seem to be at a tug of war with Google Chrome.. In the the past few years, Mozilla has been releasing at least 3 or 4 major versions of Firefox. Mozilla Firefox has an automatic updates function to download and install the latest versions by itself. But it may take 24 hours before a version is released on Mozilla site and is automatically installed on your computer. This is because of the 12 hour time interval after which Firefox checks for updates on the Mozilla site. If you want to get the latest version of Firefox sooner, then you can try changing the update check internal in Firefox.

Here is how you can modify the update check interval in Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Type about:config in the address bar and press Enter. Firefox will show you a warning message, but you can click on I’ll be careful, I promise! button to continue.Change Firefox Update Frequency
  2. In order to find out and close down on the value we are looking for, type update.interval in the Search box. It will find a value named app.update.interval which regulates the time interval after which Firefox checks for updates.Change Firefox Update Frequency
  3. Double-click on the app.update.interval value and change its value to the number of seconds after which you want to keep checking for updates. Its default value is 6 hours (43200). A value of 3600 will make the update checks every hour.
  4. That’s it. Now Firefox will check for updates more often in a day and possibly fetch the latest version sooner than before.

The above mentioned method makes Firefox check for updates more or less often than usual. You can use this method to automatically download and install the latest version faster. But it can also be used to delay the automatic update for some days, if your working environment requires the use of an older version.