How to Install and Use Microsoft Edge for Android

Make Edge your default browser on Android 4.4 (KitKat) or later

What to Know

  • Download/install: Search for "Microsoft Edge" on Google Play Store > download > sign in with Microsoft account.
  • Sync: On PC select Windows icon > Profile > Change account settings > Sync your settings > toggle on.
  • Next: On Android device select More > Settings > Account > Sync > toggle on.

This article explains how to install the Microsoft Edge web browser on an Android phone or tablet running Android 4.4 (KitKat) and later.

How to Download and Install Microsoft Edge for Android

Search for Microsoft Edge in the Google Play Store to download and install the Edge app for Android. When you open the app, you are prompted to sign in with a Microsoft account. If you don't have one, select Skip. You're then asked to grant permissions for the app, and you have the option to make Edge the default browser that opens when you tap a web link.

The initial setup of the Edge app for Android

How to Sync Microsoft Edge Across Devices

Here's how to synchronize your reading list, history, favorites, and bookmarks across devices:

  1. On your Windows PC, select the Windows icon in the lower-left corner. Select your profile icon, then select Change account settings.

    Windows 10 with the Change Account Settings command highlighted
  2. Select Sync your settings.

    Windows 10 settings with Sync Your Settings highlighted
  3. Toggle the Sync settings switch to On.

    Windows 10 settings with the Sync Settings switch highlighted
  4. On your Android device, select More > Settings.

  5. Tap your account.

  6. Select Sync and toggle the switch to On.

    Edge for Android with the More, Accounts, and Sync buttons highlighted

Share With Continue on PC

Setting up content sharing through Continue on PC also requires additional steps:

  1. On your Windows PC, select the Windows icon, then select the gear to open the Settings menu.

    The Windows 10 Start menu with Settings highlighted
  2. Select Phone.

    Windows Settings with the Phone option highlighted
  3. Select Add a phone.

    Your Phone settings in Windows 10 with the Add a Phone button highlighted
  4. Select Android, then select Continue.

    The phone settings in Windows 10 with the Android and Continue options highlighted
  5. Enter your phone number, then select Send. Microsoft sends the link in a text message to your Android phone.

    The Link your Phone screen in Windows 10 with the Send button highlighted
  6. On your Android phone, locate the text, then tap the link. This opens the download page for the Microsoft Phone Companion app in Google Play.

  7. Select Install.

  8. Open the Microsoft Launch app and sign in using your Microsoft account, then follow the prompts to grant permissions to the app.

    An Android phone showing how to download the Companion app for Windows
  9. When asked to set up the app on your PC, select My PC is ready.

  10. Select Allow > Done.

    An Android phone showing initial setup of the Companion app for Windows

You can now access the Edge browser on your phone and PC using your Microsoft account on both devices. In the Windows 10 settings, you should now see your phone listed under Linked phones.

The phone settings in Windows 10 with a Linked Phone highlighted

Edge for Android vs. Edge for Windows Features

In addition to Cortana-assisted voice searches and InPrivate mode incognito browsing, Edge for Android supports most of the same features as Edge for Windows.

Adblock Plus

Microsoft teamed with Adblock Plus to create ad-blocking software for Edge. The Adblock Plus feature for Edge is not an extension or third-party app. Instead, it is built into the Android browser. Tap the ellipses ( ... ) in the lower-right corner of Edge and select Settings > Content blockers to toggle Adblock Plus on and off.

How to get to the Content Blockers section of Edge settings for Android

Reading View

This feature removes ads and other elements that get in your way when reading online. If a web page supports Reading View, you see an open book icon next to the URL bar. Select it to switch views. The header image remains visible. Other graphics, widgets, and stylized fonts are replaced by plain text.

Edge for Android with the Reading View icon highlighted

Reading List

The Reading List feature saves interesting web pages or articles you find to read at a later time. Select the Hub icon next to the URL bar (it looks like a star with three lines shooting out of it), select the Reading List icon (the stack of books), then select the web page to add it to your reading list.

Edge for Android with the Reading List icon highlighted

Continue on PC

By enabling Continue on PC, you can browse the web on Edge for Windows 10 from where you left off in Edge for Android. Before you can take advantage of this feature, install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on your PC. You'll also need to use Edge for Windows 10 to link your phone to your Microsoft account using a multi-step process. This process requires you to download an app called Microsoft Launcher for Android.

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