New Microsoft Edge browser deals impressive speed and an easy-to-use interface to compete with Google Chrome. The Edge app for Android offers the same browsing experience, so you can easily move your navigation across multiple devices.
You don’t need Microsoft Edge on your PC to use the Edge app for Android. If you’ve installed it, however, you can share your open tabs, favorites, passwords, and more across multiple devices. Here’s how to install and use it on Android.
Installation and configuration of Microsoft Edge on Android
To get started, download Microsoft Edge for Android from the Google Play Store and install it on your Android smartphone.
When you launch the app for the first time, you are prompted to sign in to your Microsoft account. This is how you can share your favorites, passwords, browsing history and settings between devices.
If you already have a Microsoft account synced to your device, the Edge browser app will ask you if you want to sign in to that account. If you do, tap “Connect as.” If it is not the case, click on “Connect with another account”.
If you don’t want to sign into a Microsoft account at all, press “Skip”.
If you log in, you are asked if you want to sync your passwords across all devices. If you want to synchronize, press “Check”. Tap “Not Now” if you want to skip this process.
The app asks you to confirm if you want to share data about yourself with Microsoft for a personalized browsing experience. Press “OK” to share or “Not now” to refuse authorization.
Edge will also ask for permission to share your usage data for additional personalization. As before, press “OK” to confirm or “Not now” to refuse your authorization.
The Edge browser window loads, but you need to confirm a few more settings at this point. If you are using Edge on another device, you will be asked if you want to sync settings and information from your PC.
To synchronize all the available parameters, press “Synchronize now”. If you want to keep your browser on Android independent of your PC, press “No, thank you”.
If you want to see which settings will be synchronized before you decide, press “Synchronization settings”.
On the “Synchronization settings” screen, check the boxes next to one of the options you want to synchronize, then press “Confirm”.
Edge asks if you want to merge data from your Android device with your existing Edge settings or delete it. Select the radio button next to your choice, then press “Confirm”.
Finally, you are asked if you want to make the Edge app your default browser on Android. Press “Yes” if you do, then follow the on-screen instructions. If you want to leave your default browser settings intact, press “No, thank you”.
Now you can use your Edge browser on your Android device.
Using Microsoft Edge on Android
Like many of its competitors, the Microsoft Edge browser on Android supports tabbed browsing, bookmarks, custom home pages, private navigation, and more.
To access a website, tap “Search or enter a web address” in the middle of the Edge splash screen. Enter a URL or search query, then press Enter.
If you want to open another tab or access other tabbed pages, tap the Tab icon in the menu bar at the bottom.
Press the plus sign (+) at the bottom right to open a new tab or press an existing tab to go to this page.
If you want to open an “InPrivate” page (similar to Chrome’s “Incognito” mode), press “InPrivate”, then the plus (+) sign.
To access your favorites, web history, downloads, or settings, tap the three dots in the bottom menu bar.
This opens a more advanced menu with items and quick launch settings.
Tap one of these options to display the corresponding menu or perform an action.
Most of the features you see in the Edge app for Android will be familiar to you, especially if you’ve already use it on Windows.
The application is still in active development. More features, like prevention monitoring, will soon switch to the Android app so you can have the same browsing experience on all devices.