How to Install and Use Microsoft Edge for Android

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

By installing the Microsoft Edge browser for Android on your phone or tablet, you can share your bookmarks, browsing history, and reading content with Edge-enabled Windows 10 PCs. If you've been using the Chrome browser or Mozilla FireFox on Android, you may want to switch to Edge for some of your browsing activity.

Instructions in this article apply to the Microsoft Edge app for 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 will be prompted to sign in with a Microsoft account. If you don't have one, select Skip. You'll then be asked to grant permissions for the app, and you'll be given the option to make Edge the default browser that opens whenever you tap on a web link.

Screenshots showing the initial setup of the Edge app for Android

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 has 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 and is instead built directly into the Android browser. Tap the ellipses ( ... ) in the bottom-right corner of Edge and select Settings > Content blockers to toggle Adblock Plus on and off.

Screenshots showing how to get to the Content Blockers section of Edge settings for Android

Reading View

This feature removes not just ads but other elements that get in your way when reading online. If a web page supports Reading View, you'll see an open book icon next to the URL bar. Select it to switch views. The header image will remain visible, but other graphics, widgets, and stylized fonts will be replaced by plain text.

Screenshots of Edge for Android with the Reading View icon highlighted

Reading List

The Reading List feature lets you save 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.

Screenshots of Edge for Android with the Reading List icon highlighted

Continue on PC

By enabling Continue on PC, you can keep browsing the web on Edge for Windows 10 from directly where you left off in Edge for Android. Before you can take advantage of this feature, however, you must 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, which requires you to download an app called Microsoft Launcher for Android.

How to Sync Microsoft Edge Across Devices

To start synchronizing your reading list, history, favorites, and bookmarks across devices:

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

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

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

    A screenshot of 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.

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

Sharing 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.

    A screenshot of Windows Settings with the Phone option highlighted
  3. Select Add a Phone.

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

    A screenshot of phone settings in Windows 10 with the Android and Continue options highlighted
  5. Enter your phone number and select Send. Microsoft will text a link to your Android phone.

    A screenshot of the Link your Phone screen in Windows 10 with the Send button highlighted
  6. On your Android phone, locate the text and tap the link, which will bring you to 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.

    Screenshots of 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.

    Screenshots of an Android phone showing initial setup of the Companion app for Windows

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

A screenshot of the phone settings in Windows 10 with a Linked Phone highlighted