How to Install and Use Microsoft Edge for Android

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

In this photo, a woman is working with her smartphone and Windows PC simultaneously.

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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 might want to switch to Edge for at least some of your mobile web browsing needs.

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, you can tap 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.

When you open the Edge app, you will be prompted to sign in with a Microsoft account.

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 go to Settings > Content blockers to toggle Adblock Plus on and off.

Tap the ellipses (...) in the bottom-right corner of Edge and go to Settings > Content blockers to toggle Adblock Plus on and off.

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. Tap it to switch views. The header image will remain visible, but other graphics, widgets, and stylized fonts will be replaced by plain text

Tap the book icon next to the URL bar to switch to reading view.

Reading List

The Reading List feature lets you save interesting web pages you come across while browsing to read later. Tap the Hub icon next to the URL bar (it looks like a star with three lines shooting out of it), tap the Reading List icon (the stack of books), and then tap the web page to add it to your reading list.

Tap the Hub icon next to the URL bar, tap the Reading List icon, and then tap the web page to add it to your reading list.

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, then select your profile icon and select Change account settings.

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

    Select Sync your settings.
  3. Toggle the Sync settings switch to On.

    Toggle the Sync settings switch to On.
  4. On your Android device, tapping More > Settings.

  5. Tap your account.

  6. Tap Sync and toggle the switch to On.

    On your Android device, tapping More > Settings, Tap your account, then tap Sync and toggle the switch to On.

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.

    On your Windows PC, select the Windows icon, then select the gear to open the Settings menu.
  2. Select Phone.

    Select Phone on the Windows settings menu.
  3. Select Add a Phone.

    Select Add a Phone.
  4. Select Android, then select Continue.

    Select Android, then select Continue.
  5. Enter your phone number and select Send. Microsoft will text a link to your Android phone.

    Enter your phone number and select Send.
  6. On your Android phone, locate the text and tap the link, which will bring you to the download page for Microsoft Phone Companion app in Google Play.

  7. Tap Install.

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

    Open the link on your phone, tap Install, then sign in with your Microsoft account.
  9. When asked to set up the app on your PC, tap My PC is ready.

  10. Tap Allow.

  11. Tap Done.

    Tap My PC is ready, tap Allow, then tap Done.

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 number listed under Linked phones.

In Edge for Windows 10, you should now see your phone number listed in Phones.