How to Install and Use Microsoft Edge for Android

If you like Edge, take it with you.

In this photo, a woman is working with her smartphone and Windows PC simultaneously.
Edge lets you sync browsers between Android and Windows 10.

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By installing the Microsoft Edge browser for Android on your phone or tablet, you can share your favorites, history, bookmarks, and reading content with Edge-enabled Windows 10 PCs.

If you've been using the Chrome browser or Mozilla FireFox on Android, you might want to switch to Edge for at least some of your mobile browsing experiences on the web.

Note: Edge for Android runs on Android phones operating Android 4.4 (KitKat) or above.

How to Download and Install Microsoft Edge for Android

Before we dive into the cool features offered by Edge for Android, here's how to download and install the app.

This screenshot of Edge for Android shows the ability to conduct a Bing search directly from the address bar.
Much like Edge for Windows 10, the Edge browser for Android lets you do a Bing or Cortana search directly from the address bar.
  1. Launch the Play Store from the home screen of your Android device. When you get to the Play Store, enter Microsoft Edge in the search bar.
  2. Tap Microsoft Edge, then Install. Edge will download and install in a minute or two. 
  3. Tap Open to launch the Edge browser.
  4. You can then sign in with a Microsoft account, a work account, or a school account.

Cool Features in Edge for Android

Here's the lowdown on some of the greatest features you’ll find in the Edge browser for Android:

  • 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. You can turn it on or off at any point in by navigating to Settings > Content blockers, which is accessible through the three-dotted More icon at the bottom right of the screen.
  • Reading View: Through this feature, you can prune out not just ads but also images and other material that get in your way when reading online. However, some web pages won’t work with Reading View. While a page is open in Edge for Android, tap the Hub icon in the top right corner, which looks like a star with three lines shooting out of it. Then look for an icon at the top of the screen that resembles an open book. If a page is available for Reading View, this icon will be highlighted in blue. Tap Reading View to see an uncluttered page.
  • Reading List: Reading List lets you save interesting web pages you come across while browsing to read later. You can also sync the list to other Edge devices. Also accessible by first tapping Hub, Reading List has its own icon, just to the right of the star-shaped Favorites icon in the upper left-hand corner of the mobile browser.
    This screenshot shows how to begin enabling the Continue on PC feature in Windows 10.
    If you want to use the Continue on PC feature, you must first follow a multistep process for linking your phone to a Windows 10 PC.
    • Continue on PC: Using Continue on PC, you can continue browsing the web on Edge for Windows 10 from directly where you left off in Edge for Android, either now or later. Before taking advantage of Continue on PC, however, your PC must be installed with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. You’ll also need to use Edge for Windows 10 to link your phone to your Microsoft account using a multi-step process, detailed below, requiring you to download an app called Microsoft Launcher for Android.
    This screenshot shows how to set up Sync in Windows 10.
    To synchronize between Edge for Android and Edge for Windows, set up Sync in Windows 10 as well as in both browsers.

    Syncing Across Devices

    To start synchronizing your reading list, history, favorites, and bookmarks, turn on Sync on your Windows 10 PC and in the Edge browsers for Windows 10 and Android.

    This screenshot shows the final stage in the process for setting up Sync.
    Here's the final stage in the process for setting up Sync,.
    • Enable Sync on your Windows 10 PC by selecting Start > Settings > Accounts > Sign in with a Microsoft account. Enter your account information. Then select Sync your settings. Toggle the Sync settings switch to On
    • Enable Sync in Edge for Windows by selecting More > Settings > Sync your favorites, reading list, top sites and other settings across your wireless devices. Toggle the Sync switch to On.
    • Enable Sync in Edge for Android by tapping More > Settings > Site permissions > Background sync. Toggle the switch to Allowed. Then, making sure you’re signed your Microsoft account, select More again and tap your name. At your profile screen, toggle the Sync switch to On. If you wish to synchronize immediately, tap Sync now.

    Sharing with Continue on PC

    Content sharing through Continue on PC requires additional steps:

    1. Go to Start in Windows 10. Then select Settings > Phone > Add a phone.
    2. Enter your phone number and select Send. Microsoft will text a link to your Android phone.
    3. Open your Messages app. Locate the text, then tap the link, which will bring you to the download page for Microsoft Launcher in Google Play.
    4. Tap Microsoft Launcher, then Install.
    5. Open Launcher on your phone and sign in to Launcher using your Microsoft account.
    6. Access the Edge browser on both your phone and PC, using your Microsoft account on each device.
    7. In Edge for Windows 10, you should now see your phone number listed in Phones.
    8. In Edge for Android, tap the icon in the center of the bottom of the screen. You can select either Continue Now and Continue Later
      1. If you want to Continue Now, tap your mobile number.
      2. If you select Continue Later, your phone will send a notification, which you can then act on from the Windows 10 Action Center.
    This screenshot shows the Continue on PC screen in Edge for Android.
    From the Android browser, you can select whether you want to Continue Now or Continue Later.