Mozilla closes its password manager app

Mozilla will officially drop support for its Firefox Lockwise password manager on December 13.

Firefox Lockwise debuted in 2019 as a way for iOS and Android users to create, manage, and sync passwords across devices. Unlike other password managers, which are mostly browser-independent, Firefox Lockwise was specifically designed to be used with its namesake web browser.

On December 13, standalone apps will be deprecated in favor of Firefox’s built-in password management tools. “You will no longer be able to install or reinstall Firefox Lockwise from the App Store or Google Play Store,” Mozilla says in a support article. “iOS version 1.8.1 and Android version 4.0.3 will be the last versions of Firefox Lockwise. The app may continue to work on your device, but it will no longer receive support or security updates.”

However, Firefox Lockwise users will not lose access to their passwords after the app is closed, with Mozilla indicating that Firefox desktop and mobile browsers will continue to host this vital data. All users have to do is sync their passwords using a Firefox Account.

The company notes that Firefox for iOS will only allow saved passwords to be used in the app, but it encourages users to “check for updates in December 2021 on how to use Firefox for iOS as a password manager.” ‘system-wide password’, so that should change pretty quickly.

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When asked why it decided to shut down Lockwise, Mozilla noted the addition of password management features to its Firefox mobile apps in October. “One of our promises this year was to provide ways that can help you easily navigate the web and quickly get you where you need to go,” he said. “We’re confident Firefox Lockwise users will find they can manage their passwords and take them anywhere they go whenever they use Firefox on mobile apps.”

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comments from Mozilla.

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