Pocket’s deep integration with Firefox brings about cool benefits such as the ability to save and sync web content across devices for offline reading. It also serves as a fresh alternative to the traditional bookmarking features present in Firefox.
However, the distractions caused by Pocket’s recommended articles can put a dent in your productivity, not to mention the additional resources used up by this integrated extension.
Fortunately, you can stop Pocket’s annoying distractions quite easily, and turning it off completely doesn’t take too long either.
If you’ve been distracted by Pocket's recommended articles on the mobile version of Firefox, we’ll talk about getting rid of that as well.
On the desktop, Firefox uses Pocket quite extensively, so we’ll look into disabling each functionality one by one.
Disable Recommended Articles
Pocket displays recommended articles from various websites based on your past browsing behavior. To prevent these suggestions from showing up, just tap the gear-shaped icon within a new tab and uncheck Recommended by Pocket.
Note: You can turn this feature on by simply checking the box again. Pocket’s recommended articles aren’t affected by disabling Pocket integration – which we’ll talk about soon – so you should find this option available at all times.
Disable Pocket From URL Bar
Removing recommended articles are one thing, but Pocket’s core functionality lies in the fact that it can save and sync certain web pages for offline viewing. There’s a Pocket icon laid out directly within the taskbar, which can be an annoyance if you hate the sight of add-ons within the Firefox user interface.
To remove Pocket from the URL bar, just right-click the icon and select Remove From Address Bar.
Note: To get this functionality back, tap the Ellipsis icon within the URL bar, right-click Save Page to Pocket, and then click Add to Address Bar.
Disable Pocket Integration
Turning off recommended articles nor removing Pocket from the URL bar disables it completely. The extension still hums along in the background – using up resources – and you’ll even find a View Pocket List option within your Firefox Library. If you want Firefox to run without this integrated add-on, you must choose to get rid of Pocket integration.
Due to its integrated nature, however, you won't find Pocket listed on the Firefox add-ons page. That involves tweaking the Firefox configurations, but it’s nothing serious and can be done quickly.
Step 1: On a New Tab page, type about:config into the URL bar and press Enter. Next, click the I accept the risk! button on the This might void your warranty! screen.
Step 2: Enter extensions.pocket.enabled into the search bar. Double-click extensions.pocket.enabled from within the search results to toggle its value to False.
That's it. You have fully turned off Pocket from Firefox.
Note: If you want to enable Pocket integration at a later time, just walk through the above steps and set the value of extensions.pocket.enabled to True.
While I've found Pocket to put out some neat suggestions at times, I really don't like the added distractions, especially when I want to get some work done. Also, I prefer my browser to function in top shape without any extensions – integrated or not – potentially slowing things down.
Also, Firefox really should've made Pocket an optional feature rather than shoving it down the throats of users. C’mon Mozilla, I would’ve stuck to Chrome if I wanted suggested articles popping up all the time!
So, what do you think of a Pocket-less Firefox experience? Do let us know in comments.