How to Install Microsoft Edge for Mac and iOS

Use the Microsoft Edge browser on your Apple devices

Edge on iOS
Edge on iOS.

Microsoft Edge for iOS is easy to install on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Unfortunately, unlike Google Chrome, FireFox, and Opera, Microsoft's browser isn't available as an app on the Mac. We can show you how to run Edge on your Mac, but let's take a look at the iOS app, too.

Microsoft Edge for iOS

The easiest way to run the Microsoft browser on your Apple device is to download and install Microsoft Edge for iOS:

  1. Open the App Store on your iOS device.
  2. Tap the Search button in the lower right corner.
  3. Type “Edge browser" into the search bar at the top of the page, and tap Search.
  4. Locate the entry for Microsoft Edge, and tap the Get button.
  5. Tap Install to approve the purchase.
  6. Once installed, tap the Open button and launch the Microsoft browser.

Once you've installed Edge on your iOS device, you can sign into any Microsoft account (Hotmail, Live.com, Outlook.com, etc.) and your favorites, any passwords stored in Edge, and your reading list will transfer over from that account. Unfortunately, you can't import your Safari favorites into Edge on your iOS device, you can only sync the ones already in your Microsoft account.

Edge for iOS is a minimal version of the browser. For example, the Edge extensions you use on your Windows PC won't work on your iOS device, and neither will advanced products like augmented reality/WebVR or Cortana.

There are a few notable features in Edge for iOS, though. There's a QR code reader built into Edge, a feature called Continue on PC that works like Handoff on Mac, and Edge has dark and light themes that change the interface colors.

Microsoft Edge for Mac

Getting the Edge browser on your Mac is a bit more complicated because there's no macOS version of Edge. So, you'll have to install Windows 10 on your Mac first. Here are the two most reliable ways to use Edge on a Mac:

Boot Camp

The simplest way to get Edge running on your Mac is to install Windows 10 on your Mac using the Boot Camp Assistant.

Note: You'll still need your own paid copy of Windows 10.

The main benefits of using Boot Camp are that your Mac is running Windows 10 natively, it's included for free, and it's guaranteed to run Microsoft Edge. The only drawback to running it this way is you’ll have to reboot your Mac into Windows every time you want to run Edge. This is the best option if you need to use the Edge browser for extended periods of time before switching back to using macOS.

Virtual Machines

Running Windows 10 in a virtual machine, like Parallels Desktop or VMWare, is another alternative. After purchase, you’ll install the virtual machine program, install your copy of Windows 10 into the virtual machine, and then you can run the Edge browser on your Mac.

Edge on VMWare on a Mac
Edge on VMWare on a Mac. VMWare 

Like Boot Camp, you’re running the real Edge browser program in Windows 10. However, the benefit of running a virtual machine is that both are running concurrently, with no reboots needed. You can even copy and paste text or files between the Windows 10 virtual machine and programs on your Mac. The drawback, of course, is both operating systems will be running on your Mac at the same time, which could cause one or both to slow down. This is best if you need to run the Edge browser for a few minutes at a time, switching between macOS and Windows 10 several times a day.