How to Install Microsoft Edge for Mac and iOS

Use Microsoft's web browser on your Apple devices

Microsoft Edge is Microsoft's official web browser. It's also available on both iOS and macOS devices as an alternative to Safari. That means you can use the Edge browser on any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac device. Here's how to set up Microsoft Edge on any Apple iOS or macOS device.

Microsoft Edge for iOS

The easiest way to use the Microsoft browser on an Apple device is to download and install Microsoft Edge for iOS. Here's how.

  1. Open the App Store on the iOS device. Select the Search button in the lower-right corner, then enter Edge browser in the search bar at the top of the page.

    Searching for Microsoft Edge in the iOS App Store
  2. Under the entry for Microsoft Edge, select Get, then select Install (or use Touch ID) to approve the download.

    Installing Microsoft Edge from the iOS App Store
  3. Edge installs, and the app appears on the Home screen.

Once you install Edge on your iOS device, you can sign in to any Microsoft account (including Hotmail, Live.com, and Outlook.com). Your favorites, passwords stored in Edge, and reading list transfer over from that account.

Edge for iOS is a minimal version of the browser. For example, the Edge extensions you use on your Windows PC don'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, however. It has a QR code reader built into it, a feature called Continue on PC that works like Handoff on Mac, as well as dark and light themes that change the interface colors.

If you want to import favorites from Chrome or Safari favorites, do it from the desktop Edge browser on a Windows or Mac computer.

Microsoft Edge for Mac

The Edge browser is available for Mac devices and can be downloaded from the Microsoft website. Here's how.

  1. Make sure macOS is selected from the Download drop-down menu, then select Download.

    The Edge download screen with the Download button highlighted
  2. Review the terms of service and select Accept and download. Microsoft Edge downloads to the Mac.

    The Edge download screen with the Accept and download button highlighted
  3. Open the Downloads folder in Finder and select the Microsoft Edge .pkg item. The Edge installer launches.

    Microsoft Edge installer
  4. Proceed through the on-screen instructions to install Microsoft Edge.

    If you want to move the Microsoft Edge installer to the Trash, select Move to Trash. If you want to keep the installer for installation on another device, skip that step.

    Microsoft Edge installation
  5. Microsoft Edge launches automatically. Select Get Started.

    The Welcome screen of Edge with the Get Started button highlighted
  6. Choose whether to import browser data from Chrome or to proceed without importing. Make your choice, then select Confirm.

    If you opt to install data from Chrome, you are asked to complete a keychain authorization.

  7. Choose a design layout for the New Tab page. Choose Inspirational, Information, or Focused, depending on your taste, then select Confirm.

    The Edge setup screen with the New Tab options and Confirm button highlighted
  8. Sign in to your Microsoft account to sync data. Select Sign In to Sync Data to sync your passwords, favorites, and other data from your Microsoft account. If you don't want to sync data, select Continue without Signing-in.

    Edge with the Sign In to Sync Data button highlighted
  9. You can now use and explore Microsoft Edge for macOS.

    Microsoft Edge welcome