In the new Microsoft Edge , you can import almost all of your data from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox and use it in Microsoft Edge to minimize the setup required for switching over and to continue working in ways that are familiar to you with the other browsers.

This article shows what to expect from the options you have when you import broswer data into Microsoft Edge.

How to import data from other browsers to new Microsoft Edge

When you first run the new Microsoft Edge, you have the option of importing browser data from your primary browser. The new chromium-based Microsoft edge uses internet data usage to detect the primary browser. It determines that any browser whose internet data usage is at 90% or higher is the primary browser. Otherwise, it assumes legacy Microsoft Edge to be the primary browser.

To view your internet data usage,

  • In Windows, go to SettingsNetwork & Internet > Data Usage.

When Microsoft Edge determines the primary browser, it presents the option to import data from it.

Note: Other than legacy Microsoft Edge, the browsers that the new Microsoft Edge will import are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.

You can manually import data at other times than when you first run the new Microsoft Edge.

  1. In the new Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more Settings .

  2. Click Import browser data.

  3. In the Import from list, select the browser whose data you want to import.

  4. Under Choose what to import, select the specific browser data you want.

  5. Click Import.

What's the consent policy for data migration on Edge Browser?

When you first run the new Microsoft Edge, it imports data from legacy Microsoft Edge and presents you with an option to import your data from your primary browser.  

The new chromium-based Microsoft edge is an upgrade from the old Microsoft Edge, so we automatically bring over all your data from the legacy Microsoft Edge to the new Microsoft Edge.

  • Microsoft Edge does not ask for any explicit consent to migrate data from legacy Microsoft Edge.

  • The legacy Microsoft Edge data is always migrated to the new Microsoft Edge.

If Google Chrome is detected as your primary browser, Microsoft Edge presents you with the option to import data from Google Chrome so that you give explicit consent to this data being imported. 

When you click Get Started, favorites, history, and shortcuts are brought over from Google Chrome. These are used only to visually show the placement of favorites and top sites on the New tab page. The favorites, history, and shortcuts data is fetched and shown, but not saved until this point. When you have two options for what to do with browser data from Google Chrome: 

  • If you choose Import from Google Chrome, all data, including favorites, history, and shortcuts, is saved in the User Data folder of new Microsoft Edge.

  • If you choose Continue without importing, the favorites, history, and shortcuts data is discarded and no other data is imported from Google Chrome.

What’s imported from Internet Explorer?

You can import almost all of your data from Internet Explorer and set it up to look, behave, and function in Microsoft Edge as it did in Internet Explorer. 

To review the data types you can import from Internet Explorer, in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more  > Settings Profiles Import browser data

The following shows what’s imported from Internet Explorer when you select any of these datatypes in the Import dialog. 

Select this option to import the bookmarks in your Favorites bar in Internet Explorer, to the Favorites bar in Microsoft Edge. Other favorites will be imported to the Other favorites folder in Microsoft Edge.  

During import,

  • duplicate folders on the same path are merged.

  • duplicate files on the same path are skipped.

To see your favorites in Internet Explorer, go to View favorites, feeds, and history > Favorites

To see your imported favorites in Microsoft Edge, go to to Settings and more  > Favorites > Manage favorites (edge://favorites).

Select this option to import the online account credentials you’ve saved in Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge, so you can continue to quickly and safely log into your online accounts. 

When Microsoft Edge imports your passwords, it checks to see if you already have a password for the same website and username. If the saved password and the imported password don't match, Microsoft Edge overwrites the existing password with the one being imported. For websites where there are no conflicts, the existing saved passwords in Microsoft Edge will be unaffected. 

To see your passwords saved in Internet Explorer, go to Tools Internet Options > Content tabAutocomplete settings > Manage Passwords

To see your imported passwords in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more  > Settings Profiles Passwords (edge://settings/passwords). 

Select this option to import the list of search engines saved in Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge. 

To see your search engines in Internet Explorer, go to Tools Manage add-ons > Search Providers

To see your search engines in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more  > Settings Privacy, search, and services > Address bar and search > Manage search engines (edge://settings/searchEngines).

Select this option to import Internet Explorer Browsing History into Microsoft Edge. Because the Top sites shown in the New tab page are generated based on the browsing history in Microsoft Edge, you may see the Top sites change based on the imported history data. 

Your browsing history data isn't sent to the Microsoft servers during the import process; the entire import process is completely local to your device. 

To see your browsing history in Internet Explorer, go to View favorites, feeds, and history > History

To see your search history in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more  > History > Manage history > All (edge://history/all). 

Select this option to import the home page URL you set set in Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge. 

To see the home page URL you set in Internet Explorer, go to Tools Internet Options > General tab > Home page

To see your search engines in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more  > Settings > navigate to edge://settings/appearance.

Select this option to import your Internet Explorer settings to Microsoft Edge so that your overall browser experience remains as consistent as possible between the two browsers. 

Currently, we support importing the settings that are most often used, help with browser customization, are important for accessibility, or are critical for the browser to work. However, not every setting will be imported from Internet Explorer.  

The Internet Explorer settings which will be imported are:

General settings

  • Internet options > General Browsing history > Delete browsing history on exit 

  • Internet options > General > Browsing history > Delete > Temporary Internet files and website files

  • Internet options > General > Browsing history > Delete Cookies and website data 

  • Internet options > General > Browsing history > Delete History 

  • Internet options > General > Browsing history > Delete > Download history 

  • Internet options > General > Browsing history > Delete > Form data 

  • Internet options > General > Browsing history > Delete > Passwords 

Privacy Settings 

  • Internet options > Privacy Settings Sites Managed websitesAlways Allow 

  • Internet options > Privacy Settings Sites Managed websites > Always Block 

  • Internet options > Privacy Location Never allow websites to reqest your physical location (on or off)

  • Internet options > Privacy  > Pop-up Blocker > Turn on Pop-up Blocker (on or off)

Cookies 

  • Internet options > Privacy Settings Advanced First Party Cookies > Accept

  • Internet options > Privacy Settings AdvancedFirst-party Cookies Accept

  • Internet options > Privacy Settings AdvancedFirst-party Cookies Prompt 

  • Internet options > Privacy Settings AdvancedThird-party Cookies Accept 

  • Internet options > Privacy Settings Advanced > Third-party Cookies Block 

  • Internet options > Privacy Settings Advanced > Third-party Cookies > Prompt 

Open tabs 

Select this option to import your open tabs from Internet Explorer. Imported tabs are added to the current active window of Microsoft Edge.

What's imported from Google Chrome?

You can import almost all of your user data from Google Chrome into Microsoft Edge and set it up to look, behave, and function as it did in Google Chrome. 

To review the data types, you can import from Google Chrome, go to Settings and more > Settings Profiles Import browser data (edge://settings/importData).

Some of these data types will look familiar, but we've also enabled support for a lot of new data types like settings, pinned tabs, and open tabs. The following is an overview of what’s imported from Google Chrome when you select any of these datatypes in the Import dialog. 

Select this option to import bookmarks in the Bookmarks bar in Google Chrome, to the Favorites bar in Microsoft Edge. Bookmarks in the Other bookmarks folder will be imported to the Other favorites folder in Microsoft Edge.  

During import,

  • duplicate folders on the same path are merged.

  • duplicate files on the same path are skipped.

To see your Bookmarks in Google Chrome, go to Customize and Control Google Chrome > Bookmarks Bookmark manager (chrome://bookmarks). 

To see your imported favorites in Microsoft Edge, go to to Settings and more  > FavoritesManage favorites (edge://favorites).

Select this option to import the online account credentials you’ve saved in Google Chrome to Microsoft Edge, so you can quickly and safely log into your online accounts. 

When Microsoft Edge imports your passwords, it checks to see if you already have a password saved for the same website and user name. If the saved password and the imported password don't match, Microsoft Edge overwrites the existing password with the one being imported. However, for websites where there are no conflicts, the existing saved passwords in Microsoft Edge will be unaffected. 

To see your passwords saved in Google Chrome, go to Customize and control Google Chrome > Settings Autofill Passwords (chrome://settings/passwords). 

To see your imported passwords in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more   > Settings Profiles Passwords (edge://settings/passwords). 

Select this option to import address data, such as your shipping addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Microsoft Edge intelligently checks for similar entries and merges data where it can. 

To see your addresses and other contact data saved in Google Chrome, go to Customize and control Google Chrome > Settings Autofill Addresses and more (chrome://settings/addresses). 

To see your imported addresses and other contact data in Microsoft Edge,  go to Settings and more  > Settings Profiles Passwords (edge://settings/passwords). 

Select this option to import your saved credit card information, so you can continue to use these cards for your online purchases in Microsoft Edge. Any combination of card number, cardholder name, and expiration date is a unique combination. If any duplicates are detected during import, they won't be imported. 

To see your saved payment info in Google Chrome, go to Customize and control Google Chrome > Settings Autofill Payment methods (chrome://settings/payments). 

To see your imported payment info in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more  > Settings Profiles Payment info (edge://settings/payments). 

Select this option to import of Google Chrome Browsing History into Microsoft Edge. Because the top sites shown in the New tab page are generated based on your browsing history in Microsoft Edge, you may also see these top sites change based on the updated history data. 

Your browsing history data isn't sent to the Microsoft servers during the import process, and the entire import process is completely local to your device.

Select this option to import your Google Chrome settings, so that your overall browser experience remains as consistent as possible between the two browsers. 

Currently, we support the import of settings which are used most often, help with browser customization, are important for accessibility, or are just critical for the browser to work – but not every setting will be imported from Google Chrome. We expect to add support for more settings over time, based on your feedback. 

The following Google Chrome settings will be imported:

You and Google settings 

  • You and Google > Chrome name and picture

Autofill settings 

  • Autofill Passwords Offer to save passwords 

  • Autofill Passwords Auto Sign-in 

  • Autofill Payment methods > Save and fill payment methods 

  • Autofill Addresses and more > Save and fill addresses 

Appearance settings 

  • Appearance Show home button 

  • Appearance Show bookmarks bar 

  • Appearance Font size 

  • Appearance Customize fonts 

  • Appearance > Page zoom 

Search engines settings 

  • Search engine Search engine used in the address bar 

  • Search engine > Manage search engines  

Startup settings 

  • On startup (whatever option you've set here)

Privacy and security settings 

  • Privacy and security Site Settings > Cookies and other site dataAllow all cookies

  • Privacy and security Site Settings > Cookies and other site dataBlock third-party cookies in Incognito

  • Privacy and security > Site Settings > Cookies and site data > Block third-party cookies 

  • Privacy and security > Site Settings >  Cookies and site data Block all cookies (not recommended)

  • Privacy and security > Site Settings Cookies and other site data > Clear cookies and site data when you quit Chrome 

  • Privacy and security > Site Settings Cookies and other site data > Send a "Do Not Track" request with your browsing traffic 

  • Privacy and security > Autofill Payment methodsAllow sites to check if you have payment methods saved

Download settings 

  • Advanced Downloads Location 

  • Advanced Downloads Ask where to save each file before downloading 

Note: Any setting that isn't imported is left to the default value in the new Microsoft Edge. If you feel we should also support importing a setting that we currently aren’t, use the smiley button at the top right of your browser to send us a quick note. Your feedback is welcome and valued.

Select this option to import your Pinned and open tabs from Google Chrome. Imported tabs are added to the current active window of Microsoft Edge. Currently on Windows, Google Chrome needs to be closed for this feature to work.  On macOS, you can import open tabs without needing to close Google Chrome. 

Note: Although there's no strict upper limit to the number of tabs you can import, importing more than 50 tabs at once can make your browser sluggish in the short term because all the tabs will open at once. 

Select this option to import your Chrome store extensions into Microsoft Edge. You can see your imported extensions at edge://extensions. 

During import, if any extension is found on the Microsoft Edge add-ons website, it will be installed from there and the rest from the Chrome Web Store using the local installation of the extension. The extensions installed from the Microsoft Edge add-ons website would be in enabled or disabled after import to Microsoft Edge to match their state in Google Chrome. The extensions installed from Chrome web Store will be disabled after import.  

Wherever possible, Microsoft Edge will also import the data and settings associated with an extension.

Note: To use the extensions installed from sources other than Microsoft Edge add-ons website, you must turn on Allow extensions from other stores. 

Select this option to import your Google Chrome Shortcuts to Microsoft Edge. The imported shortcuts are added to the Top sites on the New tab page. Microsoft Edge will only import the first eight shortcuts from Google Chrome.

Select this option to import your cookies from Google Chrome (first-run import only). Cookies are only imported if Privacy and security > Site Settings > Content Cookies and site data  is set to Allow all cookies.

To see your cookies in Google Chrome, go to Customize and control Google Chrome > Settings Privacy and security > Site Settings > Content Cookies and site data > See all cookies and site data (chrome://settings/siteData). 

To see your imported Favorites in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more   > Settings  > Site permissions > Cookies and site data > See all cookies and site data (edge://settings/siteData). 

Select this option to import the home page URL you set set in Google Chrome will be imported to Microsoft Edge.  

To see the home page URL you set in Internet Explorer, go to Tools Internet Options > General tab > Home page

To see your home page in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more > Settings Appearance (edge://settings/appearance). 

Select this option to import your search engine settings into Microsoft Edge.

To see your search engines in Google Chrome, go to Customize and control Google Chrome > Settings Manage search engines (chrome://settings/searchEngines).

To see your search engines in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more  > Settings Privacy, search, and services > Search Address bar and search > Manage search engines (edge://settings/searchEngines).

What's imported from Mozilla Firefox?

Currently, you may get the option to import your browser data from Mozilla Firefox at first run. The ability to import this data from Mozilla Firefox on-demand is also available from Settings and more  > Settings  >Profiles Import browser data (edge://settings/importData). 

We only support the import of the four major datatypes at this time: Favorites or bookmarks, Saved passwords, Addresses and more (autofill data), and Browsing History.

Select this option to import your saved bookmarks to Microsoft Edge as favorites.

During import to Microsoft Edge, 

  • duplicate folders on the same path are merged.

  • duplicate files on the same path are skipped.

To see your bookmarks in Mozilla Firefox, go to View history, saved bookmarks, and more > History Show All Bookmarks.

To see your imported favorites in Microsoft Edge, go to to Settings and more  > FavoritesManage favorites (edge://favorites) 

Select this option to import the online account credentials you’ve saved in Mozilla Firefox to Microsoft Edge, so you can quickly and safely log into your online accounts. 

During import of passwords, Microsoft Edge will try to check if you have a password already existing for the same site for the same username. If Microsoft Edge detects that the saved password and the imported password do not match, it will overwrite the existing password with the one being imported. However, for websites where there are no conflicts, the existing saved passwords in Microsoft Edge will remain unaffected. 

To see your passwords saved in Mozilla Firefox, go to Open menu > Options > Privacy & SecurityLogins and Passwords > Saved Logins (about:logins).

To see your imported passwords in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more   > Settings Profiles Passwords (edge://settings/passwords). 

Select this option to import address data like your shipping addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Microsoft Edge tries to intelligently check for similar entries and merge the data where it can. 

To see your addresses and other contact data saved in Mozilla Firefox, go to Open menu > Options Privacy & Security Forms and Autofill Saved Addresses (about:preferences#privacy). 

To see your imported addresses and other contact data in Microsoft Edge,  go to Settings and more  > Settings Profiles Passwords (edge://settings/passwords). 

Select this option to import your Mozilla Firefox browsing history into Microsoft Edge. Because the top sites shown in the New tab page are generated based on your browsing history in Microsoft Edge, you may see the top sites change based on the imported history data. 

Your browsing history data is not sent to the Microsoft servers during the import process; the entire import process is completely local to your device. 

To see your browsing history in Mozilla Firefox, go to View history, saved bookmarks, and more > HistoryView History Sidebar.

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