Block Categories, Channels and Tags on Twitch with Unwanted Twitch

Unwanted Twitch is a browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to block certain categories, channels or tags on the Twitch website.

If you visit the Twitch website regularly in your browser of choice, you may have noticed that it may highlight categories, channels or tags to you that you have no interest in. If that has been the case, you may be interested in a solution to hide those on the Twitch website to avoid being exposed to them.

Unwanted Twitch is available for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome officially. Web browsers based on Firefox or Chrome, e.g. Brave, Vivaldi or Opera, may also be compatible with the extension.

The extension requests a single extra permission, and that is access to the main Twitch website; good. It adds options to the Twitch website to hide channels, categories or tags.

Hiding takes place everywhere on Twitch but the option to add items to the blacklist is only available on some pages. The frontpage, following and sidebar listings offer no such options but items are blocked on them.

twitch hide channel

The browse pages, e.g. by category or live channels, and the game pages, e.g. live channels, videos or clips, all feature blocking options. The extension adds an x-icon to each listing; all you need to do is click on the icon to blacklist that particular channel, category, or tag on Twitch.

How content is hidden by the extension depends on the page that you are on. Elements are removed entirely from browsing pages but not on the frontpage where elements are not displayed anymore but the locations they have been in are still visible.

twitch hide channels

A click on the extension menu displays three options:

  1. Hide the x-icon on Twitch.
  2. Disable the extension.
  3. Open the blacklist manager.

The first two options are self-explanatory. You may want to disable the extension to access Twitch unfiltered, and the blacklist icons may not be needed all the time.

The blacklist manager lists all blacklisted channels, categories and tags on Twitch.tv.

blacklist manager twitch

Options to remove individual items or all items are provided. You may add items manually to each list to block them and may disable the filtering of channels that you follow to make sure that they display just like before.

The settings page features a handful of other options. You may disable cloud synchronization of the blacklist on the page and enable the hiding of rerun streams. Import and export options are provided on the page as well.

Closing Words

Unwanted Twitch is a useful extension that Twitch users may utilize to hide certain content on the site. The blocking works as advertised and if there is something to criticize, it is that the shapes of the blocked elements remain visible on some pages.

Now You: do you use Twitch or other video streaming sites? Any extensions that you use?

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Hide Private Mode for Firefox prevents private browsing mode detection

Hide Private Mode is a brand new extension for the Firefox web browser that closes a private browsing mode detection loophole that sites use to detect if the browser is in private browsing mode.

Private browsing mode is a special mode of web browsers that blocks certain data from being saved to the local system. Browsing data or cookies are not stored in that mode among other things. Many newspaper and magazine sites that paywall content use cookies to determine how many free articles a visitor read to allow or block access to the content.

Private browsing mode bypasses this as it prevents the permanent setting of cookies. Developers found loopholes to detect if private browsing mode (or Incognito Mode) was used, and some magazines may block access to the entire site if the mode is detected.

Google closed a loophole in Chrome 76 that allowed sites to detect if the browser’s Incognito Mode was used. The fix offered temporary protection against the detection only as new workarounds were soon discovered and implemented by sites.

Hide Private Mode in Firefox

hide private mode

The Firefox extension Hide Private Mode disables the workaround (that uses the IndexedDB API). All it takes is to install the browser extension in the Firefox web browser and allow it to run in private windows. Just open about:addons in Firefox, click on the Hide Private Mode extension, and switch the “Run in Private Windows” option from don’t allow to allow.

You can test this easily on sites that allow a fixed number of free articles if you are not subscribed and detect private browsing mode, or on a site that detects the mode and blocks access completely.

Just visit the sites in private browsing mode before installing the add-on and then again after installing it. You should notice that the site won’t block your access based on private browsing mode. It may still prevent access based on other parameters

Privacy tests sites like Device Info won’t be able to determine if private browsing mode is enabled either.

The extension is open source, you can check out the source code on GitHub and report issues there as well.

Closing Words

Mozilla should consider implementing this natively in the Firefox web browser to prevent the detection of the browser’s private browsing mode. For now, it is necessary to install the extension if you run into sites that detect the mode and act on the information.

Now you: do you use private browsing mode?

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Link Gopher is a Firefox add-on that can extract links from webpages

Most websites have tons of links in their pages. Some of these may be used as internal links to pages within the same website while others are outbound links to other resources.

If you want to find out how many links a page has or even extract links from a webpage, it could be a difficult job to handle this manually. There could be hundreds of URLs. The Firefox add-on Link Gopher can do this for you as it was written specifically for extracting links from webpages.

The add-on adds an icon to the Firefox toolbar when you install it that displays a light interface that consists of just 3 buttons.

  • Extract all Links
  • Extract all Links by Filters
  • About Link Gopher (links to the official website).

Extract all Links

Link Gopher is a Firefox add-on that can extract links from a webpage

Go to any web page and click on the “Extract all Links” option and Link Gopher will open a new tab in Firefox that contains all the links that were found on the web page. All of these links are clickable so you can use them directly from the browser.

Internal links and links to other resources are displayed under Links. Scroll down to the end of the page to see “Domains”, i.e., links to the top-level domain of other websites. The list of the links follows the browser’s color policy to distinguish visited URLs.

You can also save the links to a document manually if required. This can be useful for webmasters or if you’re on a web page with several download links. It was handy during my tests as it could pull all the direct download links from web pages and saved me a few extra clicks now and then.

Another example when I found the add-on to be particularly helpful was when I used it to find the “source link” in articles on other websites. Many writers and admins make it a practice nowadays to hide outbound links within words used in the article. It is good for SEO but the reader may find it difficult to spot the link, especially if it is of the same color as the rest of the text.

Extract all Links by Filters

This option may appear quite similar to the normal extractor, but it’s quite different. When you click on this option (from a source web page), you will see a search box that accepts keywords, e.g. If you only want to see links from gHacks, type “ghacks” and click on the ok button.

Link Gopher will filter the links from the page, and you will only see the links which have the word “ghacks” in the URLs.

Link Gopher filter

Sadly, Link Gopher does not offer any customization whatsoever. I’d have preferred to have an option to open links in a new tab by default, well nothing a control + click (or middle-click) won’t do. That being said, the add-on is meant to do one job and it excels at what it does.

Link Gopher is open source, but I couldn’t find the source of version 2 of the add-on. Mozilla has marked it as a recommended add-on which is a good sign.

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FoxyTab is a highly customizable tab manager extension for Firefox

There is no shortage of tab managers for Firefox but FoxyTab is one that goes all out for customization. It’s a very user-friendly extensions that adds nifty little options that you may find handy to improve your workflow in one way or another.

Tip: check out our Firefox Tab Mastery guide for getting the most out of the browser.

FoxyTab is a highly customizable tab manager extension for Firefox

Once installed, the add-on’s icon is placed on the toolbar and will immediately display a badge; it represents the number of tabs that are currently open in the browser. You can optionally disable this or change the badge/text color from the extension’s options. Clicking on the add-on’s icon will only let you access the options or recount the tabs.

The real interface of FoxyTab is in the tab bar. Or to be more precise, right-click on the tab bar and you will see a new context menu called FoxyTab.

FoxyTab extension for Firefox

These are the options that are available in the context menu.

  • Duplicate Tab
  • Close Duplicate Tabs
  • Close Tabs to the Left
  • Merge all Windows
  • Close Other Windows
  • Save Tab as PDF (Not on macOS or pre-Firefox 56)
  • Create Desktop shortcut
  • Copy
  • Bookmark
  • Host
  • Sort
  • Reload

Most of these are self-explanatory so we’ll focus on the ones which are special. The Copy option lets you copy the tab title, URL, or tab title and URL. You can also use it to copy all URLs from open tabs or all the Titles, or both.

There are even options to copy URLs and Titles from the tabs to the right or the left of the current tab so that every possible use case should be covered by these options (except for selecting individual tabs).

These options save you a ton of time and can be used to save an entire session to a text document (very handy if you are a OneTab user). In addition to those, you can also use the Copy IP option to find out the IP address of a website really quickly. You can define your own parameters for the Custom Copy menu using these placeholders: {ip} {title} {url} {date} {time} n t

Note: You’ll need to refresh a tab if you loaded it with the undo closed tab option to find the IP.

The Bookmark option lets you save tabs to the Left/Right of the current tab. This can be a great way to save a ton of pages with a single-click of the mouse and it complements Firefox “bookmark all” option nicely.

The Host menu is for closing all the tabs, other than the one that is in view, or the one that you right-clicked upon to access FoxyTab. Sort Tabs is one that I found to be a rather niche option. If you want to sort the list of tabs in ascending or descending order of the URL or Title, well you can do that. I did like the move options which can be used to move tabs to the left or right in a new window. It also works with private windows without hitches.

The Reload menu has 3 settings: reload all tabs, or just the ones to the left or right, and reload tab every few minutes (can be customized). That could save the F5 key, for e.g. when you are waiting for the end of an auction on eBay or the time an item becomes available online.

You can disable or enable any of the context menu items from the add-ons preferences to create a cleaner menu that focuses on the options that you need.

Speaking of which, You can import and export the add-ons preferences. I recommend using this one to backup your settings in case you want to refresh Firefox or use different installations or profiles.

The Hidden options

FoxyTab has a few extra settings that you can choose to enable such as a Clock, Date or Month. You can customize these, and even use multiple clocks with different time zones if you want to. Firefox Multi-Account Container add-on users can configure FoxyTab to open domains in specific containers.

Closing Words

FoxyTab is a helper extension for Firefox that may improve productivity by extending Firefox’s tab-based capabilities. Whether it is an option for you depends on your Internet usage and how you use the Firefox web browser.

Now You: Do you use a tab extension in your browser of choice?

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How to import tabs from Chrome to Firefox and vice versa

So, you have decided to switch from Chrome to Firefox, or maybe it’s the other way around. The problem is you have a lot of tabs opened, and you can’t abandon the session. Or, you use both web browsers regularly and want to push tabs from one browser to the other; this may also be useful for developers who need to test their sites in different browsers.

What do you do? Manually copy and paste each URL from one browser to the other? That could take a long while depending on the number of tabs that you want to push to the other browser.

The browser extension OneTab offers a solution that improves the process especially if you need to push multiple tabs to the other browser.

Things you will need:

How to import tabs from Chrome to Firefox and vice versa 2

Tip: you can check out our OneTab review for Chrome here.

How to import tabs from Chrome to Firefox and vice versa

Note: Please be advised that the following process will close all of your tabs and save the session to a list. But don’t worry, you can restore the entire session just as easily.

1. Once you have installed the add-on, you should see its icon in the browser’s toolbar.

2. Click on the button to open OneTab (this closes all open tabs)

3. Select the “Export/Import URLs” option on the right side of the page.

How to export tabs from Chrome to Firefox and vice versa

4. You should see an Import/Export tab that has a list of all the tabs that you had opened. It has the URL and web page title for each tab.

5. Copy this list to the clipboard.

6. Open Firefox and repeat steps 2 and 3.

7. Now you should be on the Import/Export tab. Paste the list of tabs from step 5 in the Import text field.

How to import tabs from Chrome to Firefox and vice versa

8. Click on the import button.

OneTab should open a new tab which displays the tabs that you just imported. Click on the “Restore all” option, and the add-on should open all the tabs at once. You can also choose to restore only the ones that you want, by clicking on the tab titles individually.

That’s it. How simple was that? The process works the other way too, i.e., if you want to export tabs from Firefox to Chrome.

Note that it is theoretically also possible to send the list of exported URLs to a contact. May be useful to share research or let someone pick off where you stopped.

Another use for this method: Backup your sessions

I use this method for a different purpose. Over the course of a week or two, I accumulate several dozens of sites in tabs that I find interesting or have opened for future research purposes.

When I don’t have the time to go through the list just yet but want to start fresh because the browser’s tab bar gets convoluted, I use the extension to save the entire list of open sites in a text document.

You can use the import option to restore the tabs anytime you want to. You can even backup your session, clear the browser’s data and cookies and restore the tabs right back. This has been helpful for me quite a few times over the past few years.

Note: OneTab hasn’t been updated for a while on Chrome, but it still works perfectly. The Firefox version is updated frequently. There is an open source alternative for OneTab, called better-onetab, which I haven’t used much since it was pulled and re-released by the developer.

This post was inspired by something I saw on reddit’s Firefox sub yesterday. It was an interesting post, but they used the developer console to move tabs from Chrome to Firefox and it also involved using two different extensions which made it a slightly more complex method.

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Undo Close Tab is an add-on that displays a clickable list of recently closed tabs in Firefox

Has it ever happened to you that you closed a tab by accident? Maybe because you thought you no longer needed the webpage open or by accident? It may have happened even that you noticed only after some time that you’d need the closed tab again.

We have all been there. Fortunately, Firefox has an undo closed tab option, which you can access by right clicking the tab bar and selecting “Undo Closed Tab” or by using the Ctrl + shift + T keyboard shortcut.

Tip: check out our Firefox Tab Mastery guide for additional tips and information.

Undo Close Tab is an add-on that displays a clickable list of recently closed tabs in Firefox

While you can use the command to restore closed tabs in order of recency, there is one problem with the approach. Let’s say you closed a tab and then closed 5 more. You have to actually open 6 tabs to get to the one you wanted. Wouldn’t it be better to have a list of previously opened tabs?

“Undo Close Tab” might just save your day or at least a few minutes of your day. And yes, before you ask it is called Undo Close Tab, not “Undo Closed Tab”. That’s probably to differentiate itself from the default Firefox tab bar context menu option.

Once installed, the extension adds a button on the toolbar. Click this button to restore a closed tab. Right-click on the button to display the list of recently closed tabs and choose the one that you want to re-open. That’s basically it for the main feature but there are a few options that you can customize in Undo Close Tab’s settings. The add-on displays up to 25 items in the closed tabs menu, you can change it to a a different number depending on your needs.

Undo Close Tab Firefox extension

The extension by default only lists tabs that were closed in the active window. So, if you had 2 windows and closed a tab in the 2nd window, you can only undo the action in that window. Disabling this option might be a good idea if you want a quick way to re-access the tab and you are working with multiple windows regularly. There is also an option to clear the list at any time.

There are 3 additional context menu options that you can enable to access Undo Close Tab from. A sub-menu for the tab bar and another for the page context menu are the first two. What do they do? They enable a drop-down list of closed tabs; just select the one that you wish to restore and click on it.

The “page context” is the main portion of the browser where the content of web pages is displayed.

The third context menu option is a functioning “Undo Close Tab” button in the right-click menu. This one doesn’t have a drop-down menu (list of closed tabs). Personally I found enabling the tab bar and page context menus the best way to use Undo Closed Tab. It’s a lot faster if you don’t have to mouse over the toolbar icon.

Undo Close Tab Firefox extension page context menu

The extension provides a feature I loved in Tab Mix Plus. There used to be an add-on called Undo Close Tab Replacement which was quite similar to Undo Close Tab, but the former is no longer available.

Closing Words

Undo Close Tab is a helper extension for the Firefox web browser to restore any tab closed recently in the browser. If you find yourself closing tabs by accident frequently or wanting to restore tabs closed in other browser windows, you may like the feature.

Now You: do you use any tab-based extensions in Firefox?

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FireMonkey uses Firefox's official API for userscripts and userstyles

FireMonkey is a new browser extension for the Firefox web browser that enables users to manage userscripts and userstyles using the userscripts API that Mozilla introduced in Firefox recently.

The extension offers similar functionality to established userscript extensions such as GreaseMonkey, TamperMonkey or ViolentMonkey as well as userstyle extensions such as Stylus on first glance. One of the core differences, at least right now, is FireMonkey’s use of the new UserScripts API that Mozilla implemented in Firefox recently.

Mozilla revealed that it created the API to address performance, reliability and security issues in regards to user scripts in Firefox. The API is designed to run userscripts in their own sandbox to isolate them; traditional extensions such as GreaseMonkey execute the scripts in the same process.

Note: Mozilla changed the default behavior for userchrome.css and userContent.css files in Firefox 69. These files are not loaded by default anymore. Users need to enable the loading manually to restore the functionality.

FireMonkey requests lots of permissions during installation; the developer explains why these are needed on Mozilla AMO. It requests the same permissions that other userscript extensions request.

FireMonkey

firefox firemonkey userscripts

Current versions of Firefox support the UserScripts API. You can check whether that is the case in the following way:

  1. Load about:config in the Firefox address bar.
  2. Confirm that you will be careful.
  3. Search for extensions.webextensions.userScripts.enabled.
  4. If the preference is set to TRUE, it is enabled. A value of FALSE means it is not enabled.

You may load userscripts and userstyles in the extension. The process is a manual one right now. Click on the extension icon and there on the add icons to add a new script or style to Firefox. You may also use the export and import options that you find in the extension’s settings.

Adding scripts or styles is not as comfortable right now as you need to copy the code, click on the add button, paste it before you click on save. Still, the process worked flawlessly when I tried it using scripts posted on Grease Fork.

Options to save userscripts in disabled state or with auto-updating enabled are provided in the editor. You may edit userscripts and userstyles at any time using the extension.

The extension supports GreaseMonkey GM3 and GM4 functions and functions provided by the Firefox API. Some scripts may not work properly when you create or import them; the Firefox API does not allow wildcard top level domains (TLD) which means that something like http*://www.google.*/* is not supported. It may be necessary to adjust scripts accordingly so that they may be imported without issues.

FireMonkey comes with a Help file that explains differences and provides examples. It is a good place to start your investigation if something does not work as expected.

firemonkey scripts management firefox

The extension icon displays the number of scripts and styles that run on the active site. A click on the icon displays the active scripts and styles, and an option to disable or enable any with a single-click.

The developer of the extension added a number of helpful features to the extension to improve management and identification of scripts. Script errors reference the name of the script in the console for improved identification and notifications from scripts display the script’s name as well.

Closing Words

FireMonkey is a promising new extension for the Firefox browser that has a lot to offer even in the initial version. You can load, manage, edit, and create userscripts and userstyles using it, and it is using the new userscripts API that Mozilla will certainly put the focus on in the future.

The extension would benefit from a few nice to have features, e.g. direct imports from other userscript extensions that are installed or recognition of the “install” button on popular userscript repositories.

Now You: Do you run userscripts or styles in your browser?

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Eyes Alarm is a nice take-a-break add-on for Firefox and Chrome

We discuss many Firefox add-ons and Chrome extensions here on gHacks, but the majority of those are either related to security or productivity. Today we take a look at a different category: health.

More specifically, eye care. A lot of users work in front of a computer for long hours every day and unless precautions are taken to take enough breaks, it can lead to health issues.

Try to observe (or ask someone) how often you blink naturally, you may be surprised by the result. This is a result of too much time spent staring at a monitor. To counter this, you should look away from the screen from time to time as it relaxes the eyes and helps prevent the issue.

Tip: we reviewed several programs for Windows that assist you in taking breaks and prevent eye strain. To name just a few: Eye Guardian, Eyecare, and Eyes Relax.

Eye Alarm

Eyes Alarm is a nice take-a-break add-on for Firefox and Chrome

Eyes Alarm is an add-on for Firefox and Chrome that can help you with this.

You can also use it as a break reminder to stretch your legs or maybe get a glass of water to drink. It’s very user-friendly and has a few options that you can customize. When it is time for you to take a break, the add-on will display a notification on your desktop that informs you about it.

Eyes Alarm pop-up notification

Coming to the add-on’s UI, Eyes Alarm adds a clock icon to the toolbar that you may click on to display a pop-up menu. It has a timer (explained below), a reset switch and a gear icon. The reset switch can be used to restart the timer and the gear icon lets you access Eyes Alarm’s settings.

By default, Eyes Alarm reminds you to take a break once every 50 minutes. That’s what the “timer” is for, it displays the time that has passed since the previous break. You can set it to as low as 1 minute or as high as 180 minutes.

Eyes Alarm pop-up menu

Next you have the break timer which is set to 10 minutes. And just like the reminder timer, this too can be configured from 1 to 120 minutes. There is an option to change the notification title which reads “Time to break” by default but you can set it to anything you want to.

You can also modify the notification content. The default line is “How about a cup of tea?”. This feature allows you to use the add-on for reminders for things to do (on a short-time basis) as well. I don’t think it is a good idea to use it for medical purposes like taking pills.

Note: Once the break timer runs out, it starts the alarm timer automatically.

What if you miss the notification though? Eyes Alarm has an optional notification sound setting which is disabled by default. It allows you to set a custom volume level for the sound. As for the sound itself, it does ship with one (a gentle bell chime). You can use custom sounds too by pasting a URL into the field.

I tried setting it to use a different local audio but it didn’t work for me in Firefox or Chrome (Microsoft Edge Chromium Beta). What did work was setting a direct URL to an mp3 audio file.

One issue which I was concerned about was the “access your data for all websites”.  The developer’s note at the add-on’s page state that permission is required as you can put in any path for custom sounds. That does make sense but these global permissions are still nerve wrecking in my opinion.

Note: Modifying any of the settings restarts the alarm timer even if you didn’t alter the timer’s settings.

Closing Words

Eyes Alarm is an open source project; you can find the source code on GitHub. Apart from the odd grammatical error or two, the add-on is quite good. You can also use programs like F.lux or Lightbulb to reduce eye strain in all applications and not just your browser. These programs are not break reminders though but they change the light of the computer screen instead.

Eyes Alarm worked well during tests

Now you: Do you use any health related add-ons?

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How to locate a noisy tab in Firefox and switch to it instantly

This article isn’t about annoying auto-playing videos. You know that Firefox displays a speaker icon on tabs which are playing audio and that you can mute those easily with a right-click on the tab and the selection of mute tab from the menu, or a click on the audio icon directly.

But, what if you have a lot of tabs open and can’t spot the icon in the current view? It happens that media tabs can become hidden in the background if you happen to open more than a dozen or so tabs.

You could try using an add-on like Auto Mute Plus to silence all the tabs, and then search for the one which played the audio. Or you could hit the mute key on your keyboard too or turn down the volume.

Is that really a solution though?  There is still the problem of finding the tab. Unfortunately, there is no feature for this task in Firefox at the moment, not even one that you could enable from about:config. Add-ons do come to the rescue.

Tip: You can configure Firefox to mute all tabs by default, and mute individual sites as well. Chrome users can check out the complete Chrome muting guide.

How to locate a noisy tab in Firefox and switch to it instantly

Here are 2 extensions which I tried. You can use either one.

Tabhunter

  1. Install Tabhunter and click on its icon in the toolbar.
  2. Click on the check box next to “Audio Only”.
  3. This lists each tab which is playing audio/video. Select the one you want to switch to.
  4. Click on the “Go” button.

It should take you to the tab. There is no need to search for the speaker icon or manually locate the noisy tab anymore but you may still need to activate mute or pause playback.

Tabhunter’s GitHub hasn’t been updated in over a year but the add-on was updated recently.

Switch to audible tab

Switch to audible tab

This is a fairly recent add-on which seems to have been written for that one purpose Switch to audible tab lives up to its name. Once you install the add-on you will see its icon on the toolbar. You can click on it and it will instantly jump to the tab which is playing the audio. You can also use the shortcut key combo Alt + Shift + A to switch to the tab.

In case you have multiple media tabs, using the Switch to audible tab shortcut/button will cycle through all of them.

Closing Words

People use Firefox for streaming music, videos, or podcasts in the background all the time. While this is not an issue that demands immediate attention, it would be nice if it was addressed by Mozilla. Maybe they could add a button on the toolbar which only appears when a tab is playing audio in the background, a bit like the play button that Google tests in Chrome currently.

Here’s what inspired me to write this.

About a week ago, I had set a reminder on a YouTube video (live stream) to write about the launch of a device on another publication. Since the event was scheduled to start in a few hours, I worked on other articles in the meantime. A couple of dozen tabs later, I forgot that the stream’s tab was open (and that it would auto-play).

You can guess what happened: when the stream went live the tab started playing some music. For a second I didn’t have a clue what was happening because the 20+ tabs which were visible on my monitor didn’t have the “speaker icon” on them. The audio wasn’t the issue, locating the tab was. I used TreeStyleTab to scroll the list of tabs to find the noisy tab and switch to it. This took half a minute though, and I wanted a better solution. That’s when I discovered Tabhunter and Switch to audible tab.

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Disable AMP in Firefox and Chrome with the Redirect AMP to HTML extension

For some, AMP is one of the worst things to happen to the internet. Google launched its cached lazy loading tech for the web about 2 years ago stating that AMP’s intention was to make the Web faster. Opponents of AMP fear that Google is using AMP to get even more control of the Internet than it already has.

AMP is an open project but just like Chromium, it is heavily controlled by Google. More and more sites started to adopt AMP because it is beneficial when it comes to a site’s representation in Google Search. Other search engines have started to display AMP links as well on mobile devices.

AMP was designed to make pages load faster on phones which are on mobile data networks by minimizing the amount of code that is used; a bare-bones version of the site is the result similar to sites that were processed with readability services but with ads and some other scripts supported.

While AMP works on mobile devices, there is an unfortunate side effect. Links which are AMP (accelerated mobile pages) enabled, open the mobile version of the page even when you access them on the computer. AMP links may be shared via email, chat and published on the Internet, and it will become more common that desktop users run into these links.

AMP pages look horrible on most computers especially if you have a large monitor. And you’re visiting the version of the page that is hosted by Google not the publisher’s website which is a privacy concern for some.

Sometimes media content (videos or images) may not load correctly. Need another reason?  I have even seen some RSS Feeds use AMP links.

If you’re familiar with SEO terms like responsive design, you should know that a website should scale correctly to the aspect ratio and resolution of the display that it is accessed from. A page’s rank in Search may be influenced by this; if it does not display correctly on mobile devices or the desktop, its rank in the search engine may be impacted negatively by it.

Of course, Google never really played by its own rules when it comes to its own properties. Should not AMP pages redirect automatically to the “real” page when a user using a desktop device opens them?

Redirect AMP to HTML

redirect amp to html

Since this is not the case currently, it is necessary to fix this using third-party tools. Redirect AMP to HTML is an install-and-forget sort of add-on which un-AMPs pages to deliver the actual URL, i.e., the article hosted by the publisher website. It is a web-extension which works on PC and mobile (Firefox only as Chrome mobile does not support extensions) It is open source and the latest commit was made a few months ago.

The add-on is available for Firefox and Chrome.

Does the add-on work flawlessly?

It worked perfectly on the links I tried. I ran searches on my mobile device and shared the AMP links so that I could access them on the computer. You can share using email, instant messaging, or any other share option that gives you access on your computer.

Note: The add-on will create a Cloudflare cookie. This is an “opt-out” cookie that is used for websites which support the Cloudflare viewer. It tells the website not to load the page in AMP, even before the add-on comes into play.

Can’t I just delete “amp” from the URL?

Sure that works, but not all websites use amp at the end of the URL like example.com/amp. Some websites use amp as a prefix instead of WWW (amp.example.com), others may have amp somewhere in the middle of the URL. It may take a few extra seconds to spot the amp tag, especially it is particularly lengthy.

There is currently no way to disable AMP completely using about:config in Firefox or other methods. It isn’t a protocol that can be toggled, it’s a framework that is implemented by webmasters on their websites. And like I explained above, each admin may implement it using a different method. Don’t forget to check Martin’s article about disabling AMP on mobile devices.

Google search results aren’t the only way you will come across AMP links. Any shared link may be an AMP link; in fact, some links posted to sites like Reddit are AMP links. About 30-50% of the links I get from friends/work contacts are either mobile versions (for e.g. m.example.com) or AMP links (mostly news websites).

I believe that a lot of mobile apps that use Chrome’s WebView component for their built-in browser use AMP as well. Telegram has its own Instant View which works better since it is restricted to the app. AMP on the other hand is independent and hence universal. Earlier this year, Google announced that it is testing AMP pages which are hosted on the publisher’s domain. But this has been restricted to Chrome.

Hopefully one day we will be able to block AMP completely.

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