Microsoft Edge for mobile FAQs

Browse on the go with the new Microsoft Edge for Android and iOS. Microsoft Edge offers better protection and privacy, and can sync your favorites, passwords, and more across your desktop and mobile devices.

Getting started

You can use the default Microsoft Edge home page or set your home page to a specific URL.

  1. Tap the menu  > Settings > Home page.

  2. Select an option:

    • Tap New tab page to use the default home page.

    • Tap A specific page to specify a page you want to appear when you open the browser, by using the current page or entering a URL, then tap Save.

Bing is the default search engine for Microsoft Edge.

To set your search engine

  1. Tap the menu> Settings > Default search engine.

  2. Select a search engine from the options shown.

If you don’t see the search engine you want, send us feedback. Be sure to include as much detail about the issue as you can.

To send feedback

  • Tap the menu > Send feedback.

You can block most ads, showing only those ads that Adblock Plus determines to be acceptable, or block all ads.

To block most ads

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > Content blockers.

  2. Turn on Block ads.

  3. Tap Done.

To block all ads

  1. Tap the menu …  > Settings > Content blockers.

  2.  Turn on Block ads.

  3. Tap Advanced settings.

  4. Turn off Allow acceptable ads.

  5. Tap Done.

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > Privacy.

  2. Turn on Block pop-ups.

  3. Tap Done.

There are a two ways to close Microsoft Edge:

  • Tap the menu > Exit browser.

  • Use the swipe gesture to close your browser. This method may differ depending on how you’ve personalized your Android system navigation.

Troubleshooting

In our latest release, we’ve improved performance and battery optimization. If you’re seeing unusual battery consumption, try updating the app to the latest version.

If you’re still having issues with battery consumption after updating, send us feedback. Be sure to include as much detail about the issue as you can.

To send feedback

  • Tap the menu > Send feedback.

  1. In the address bar, enter edge://sync-internals, and then tap Go.

  2. Tap the menu > Send feedback.

  3. Under Describe what’s happening, describe your sync issue. Include as much detail about the issue as you can.

  4. Turn on Send device information and Include this screenshot.

  5. Tap Send.

Collections

  1. Tap the menu ... > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts, tap your Microsoft account.

  3. Under Sync settings, tap Sync to, and then select The new Microsoft Edge.

  4. Tap Accounts.

  5. Under Sync settings, tap Sync.

  6. Turn on Sync and under Data items, turn on Collections.

  7. Tap Done.

  1. Tap the menu ... > Collections. to see a list of your Collections.

  2. Tap on one of those collections to view the items stored there.

  1. Tap the menu ... > Collections to view your list of Collections.

  2. Tap on one of those Collections to view the items stored there.

  3. Use the ▼ button to drag the drawer down into a half state.

  4. Tap any item in your Collection to navigate to that web page while keeping the Collection open in the drawer.

  1. Tap the menu ... > Collections.

  2. Tap the + button at the top right of the screen.

  3. Type a name for your collection.

  4. Tap create. The Collection will appear in your list of Collections.

Option 1:

  1. While on the web page you want to add, tap the menu ... > Add to Collections.

  2. Tap the Collection you want to add this web page to or tap the option to create a new Collection. The page will be saved to the Collection you select.

Option 2: 

  1. With the Collection drawer open (see previous steps), tap the + button in the upper right corner of the drawer. The page will appear in your open Collection,

  1. Tap the menu ... > Collections.

  2. On any of your collections, tap the ... button.

  3. Tap reorder.

  4. Use the = bars to drag and rearrange the order your items appear in.

  5. Tap done to exit the organize state.

  1. Tap the menu ... > Collections.

  2. Tap on one of your collections to view the items it contains.

  3. In the upper right corner of the drawer, tap the ... button.

  4. Tap select and reorder.

  5. Use the = bars to drag and rearrange your items.

  6. Tap any of the empty checkboxes to select multiple items.

  7. Tap delete to delete any selected items.

  8. Tap done to exit the organize state.

Favorites (bookmarks) and history

  1. Tap the menu > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts, tap your Microsoft account.

  3. Under Sync settings, tap Sync to, and then select The new Microsoft Edge.

  4. Tap Accounts.

  5. Under Sync settings, tap Sync. Turn on Sync and, under Data items, turn on Favorites.

  6. Tap Done.

  • Tap the menu > Settings > Favorites.

  • While on the web page you want to add, tap the menu > Add to favorites.

If you try to add a web page that’s already in your favorites, the Edit favorite window will appear.

  • Tap the menu > Settings > History.

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > Privacy > Clear browsing data.

  2. Select the types of browsing data you want cleared.

  3. Tap Clear.

You can also set Microsoft Edge to clear browsing data whenever you exit the browser, so you don’t have to do it manually.

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > Privacy > Clear browsing data.

  2. Select the types of browsing data you want cleared.

  3. Turn on Clear browsing data upon exit.

The Favorites button is located on the top row of the new browser menu.

  • Tap the menu > Favorites.

Syncing data across devices

  1. Tap the menu > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts, tap your Microsoft account.

  3. Under Sync settings, tap Sync to, and then select The new Microsoft Edge.

  4. Tap Accounts.

  5. Under Sync settings, tap Sync.

  6. Turn on Sync.

  7. Tap Done.

  1. Tap the menu > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts, tap your Microsoft account.

  3. Under Sync settings, tap Sync.

  4. Turn on or off Sync or tap Sync now to force a sync with the server.

  5. Under Data items, select the items you want to sync.

  6. Tap Done.

Microsoft Rewards

Microsoft Rewards is a free program that rewards you for doing the stuff you already do every day. Earn points when you search on Bing.com and buy things from the Microsoft Store online and in Windows 10. Learn more about Microsoft Rewards

When you join Microsoft Rewards, you’ll receive emails about the program with details about Microsoft and partner products.

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > Microsoft Rewards.

  2. Tap Join Microsoft Rewards.

To see how many Microsoft Rewards points you’ve accumulated, make sure you’re already signed in to your Microsoft account. 

  • Tap the menu > Settings > Microsoft Rewards.

Accounts

You can have two accounts for Microsoft Edge: Your Microsoft account, which is your personal account, and a work or school account, which you get through your school or employer.

Sign in with your Microsoft account

  1. Tap the menu > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts, tap Sign in with a Microsoft account.

  3. If you have saved data from a Microsoft account, such as favorites or passwords, you’ll have the option to choose whether to merge the saved data with the account you're signing in with or keep the data separate, which will delete the saved data.

  4. Sign in to your Microsoft account.

Sign in with your work or school account

  1. Tap the menu > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts, tap Sign in with a work or school account.

  3. Sign in with your work or school account.

When you sign out of your Microsoft account, you have the option to keep the data from the device, such as favorites and passwords, or to delete it. If you save the data from your Microsoft account, you can merge it when you sign in to your account again on the same device.

When you sign out of your work or school account, your data is always deleted from the device.

  1. Tap the menu > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts, tap the account you want to sign out of.

  3. Next to the account name, tap Sign out.

Yes, you can be signed in with both accounts. 

You don’t have to sign out of your Microsoft account to sign in with your work or school account. Just sign in to your work or school account as you usually would. 

  1. Tap the menu > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts, tap Sign in with a work or school account.

  3. Tap the account you want to sign in to.

  4. Tap Done.

Extensions

Extensions are programs that integrate with Microsoft Edge to enhance your online shopping experience, increase your productivity, provide entertainment, and more. You can get extensions from the Microsoft Store app. Some extensions are free, others are available for purchase.

Extensions made for Microsoft Edge Legacy aren’t currently compatible with the new Microsoft Edge. The new Microsoft Edge continues to support Adblock Plus, Honey, and NewsGuard.

The new Microsoft Edge includes Adblock Plus, Honey, and NewsGuard.

To turn on Adblock Plus

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > Content blockers.

  2. Turn on Block ads.

  3. Tap Done.

To turn on Honey

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > Coupons.

  2. Turn on the extension.

  3. Tap Done.

To turn on NewsGuard

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > News rating.

  2. Turn on Display rating on the address bar.

  3. Tap Done.

Home page and personalization

You can use the default Microsoft Edge home page or set your home page to a specific URL.

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > Home page.

  2. Select an option:

    • Tap New tab page to use the default Edge home page.

    • Tap A specific page to specify a page you want to appear when you open the browser, by using the current page or entering a URL, then tap Save.

The appearance and layout of the icons in your browser menu will change if you take advantage of Android’s TalkBack accessibility tool, or your phone is set to display large text. 

You can change the position of the icons to make the ones you use most often more accessible.

  1. Tap the menu > Change menu.

  2. Drag the icons to rearrange your menu.

  3. After you’ve rearranged the icons how you want them, tap Done.

Be sure to tap Done after you rearrange your icons to save your changes.

Currently, customization is limited to rearranging the icons in the browser menu. Future releases may include further customization options.

No, it’s not possible to move the address bar.

News

The default news feed is for the United States in English, but you can change it for other regions and languages.

To change the news feed

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > News feed.

  2. Under Select region and language, tap the down arrow ▼.

  3. In the list, select the region and language you want.

  4. Tap Done.

The news feed appears by default on the Microsoft Edge home page.

  1. Tap the menu > News feed.

  2. Turn on or off Show my news feed.

  3. Tap Done.

NewsGuard is an extension that rates websites for journalistic standards of credibility and transparency in the US. This extension is available in the Microsoft Edge app, but is turned off by default. When turned on, this extension shows a reliability rating for the website in the address bar. It will not prevent access to sites or interrupt browsing.

To turn on NewsGuard

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > News rating.

  2. Turn on Display rating on the address bar.

Tabs

There are two ways to open a new tab.

Open a new menu from the setting menu

  • Tap the menu > New tab.

Open a new tab from the tabs window

  1. On the menu bar, tap the numbered square icon.

  2. Tap the Tabs tab.

  3. Tap the plus icon +.

  1. On the menu, tap the numbered square icon.

  2. On the tab, tap the close icon X or swipe the tab left or right.

Yes, you can view all your open tabs at once.

  • On the menu, tap the numbered square icon. The number on the icon indicates how many open tabs you have.

InPrivate tabs keep your browsing activity private. On Android devices, Microsoft Edge stores data from InPrivate tabs, such as  cookies, search history, and form data, in a temporary profile on your device. After you close all InPrivate tabs, Microsoft Edge deletes the temporary profile.

There are two ways to open a new InPrivate tab.

Open a new menu from the setting menu

  • Tap the menu > New InPrivate tab.

Open a new tab from the tabs window

  1. On the menu bar, tap the numbered square icon.

  2. Tap the InPrivate tab.

  3. Tap the plus icon +.

When you browse InPrivate, Microsoft Edge doesn't save any passwords you enter, but will offer to auto-fill forms with passwords you’ve saved previously. Your search and browsing history are not tracked.  

The Recent tabs section stores links to tabs you’ve recently opened on other synced devices. For example, if you had a tab open on your PC, you would see this tab in the recent tabs on your phone. You can use recent tabs to resume work you started on another device on your Android phone. 

To see your recent tabs, you need to sync both devices to your Microsoft account and have syncing turned on. If the issue persists, go to the Troubleshooting section for information about how to send report a syncing issue. 

If you’ve accidentally closed a tab, you can find it in your history and reopen it.

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > History.

  2. Tap the tab you want to reopen.

Family group settings

A family group helps families stay connected and keeps kids safer on Windows 10, Xbox One devices, and Android devices running Microsoft Launcher or Microsoft Edge. It's free and it's one of the many benefits of having a Microsoft account.

With a family group on Edge for Android,

  • Information about your web browsing activity (such as the websites you visit, or search terms you use) may be sent to your parent to review on family.microsoft.com at any time, even if you clear your history. Your parent may also get a weekly email report of your online activity.

  • Inappropriate sites on your browser will be blocked. When you're signed into Microsoft Edge, Bing SafeSearch will be set to strict, and Microsoft blocks many sites automatically. Your parent can also choose to block or allow specific sites or choose to only allow you to visit sites they've said are OK. 

    You can send exception requests for sites you want to access. Your parent can respond to these requests through email or on family.microsoft.com.

  • InPrivate mode will be blocked. This is a feature to help protect you from viewing adult content on the web.

This is a family feature that helps make sure you don't accidentally view any inappropriate websites while browsing.

When you sign into Microsoft Edge with a Microsoft account, we automatically clear your old tabs, so the tabs you've opened are associated with your family group.  

As part of Microsoft's family group feature, information about your web browsing activity (such as the websites you visit, or search terms you use) may be sent to your parent to review on family.microsoft.com at any time, even if you clear your history. We value your privacy so we only send search terms and web browsing info when activity reporting is turned on for your family group. Your parent may use activity reporting as a way to keep an eye on things and adjust your family settings accordingly. 

Some of your school browsing information may be shared with your parent. It depends on how your family group has been set up, and whether your parent is an organizer in the family. To check whether your school browsing data is being shared, do the following:

  1. Tap your profile icon in the top left corner.

  2. Look for a banner message that reads, Your browsing experience is managed by family settings. If you see it, your family settings are tied to your school account email and your data is being shared with your parents.

Privacy

Microsoft Edge has features that help you and your content stay safe online. We automatically block websites and content downloads that are reported to be malicious. Microsoft Edge checks the address of the webpage you're visiting against a list of webpage addresses stored on your device that Microsoft believes to be legitimate. Addresses that aren't on your device’s list and the addresses of files you're downloading will be sent to Microsoft and checked against a frequently updated list of webpages and downloads that have been reported to Microsoft as unsafe or suspicious.

Your privacy is important to us. You can read our privacy policy by following the link here; https://privacy.microsoft.com/privacystatement

Getting started

Bing is the default search engine for Microsoft Edge. 

To set your search engine

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > Advanced settings.

  2. Tap Search engine.

  3. Tap Others.

  4. Select a search engine from the options shown.

  5. Tap Done.

If you don’t see the search engine you want, send us feedback. Be sure to include as much detail about the issue as you can.

To send feedback

  • Tap the menu > Send feedback.

You can block most ads, showing only those ads that Adblock Plus determines to be acceptable, or block all ads.

To block most ads

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > Content blockers.

  2. Turn on Block ads.

  3. Tap Done.

To block all ads

  1. Tap the menu …  > Settings > Content blockers.

  2. Turn on Block ads.

  3. Tap Advanced settings.

  4. Turn off Allow acceptable ads.

  5. Tap Done.

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > Privacy and security.

  2. Turn on Block pop-ups.

  3. Tap Done.

Use the swipe gesture to close your browser. This method may differ depending on how you’ve personalized your iOS device’s navigation.

Troubleshooting

In our latest release, we’ve improved performance and battery optimization. If you’re seeing unusual battery consumption, try updating the app to the latest version.

If you’re still having issues with battery consumption after updating, send us feedback. Be sure to include as much detail about the issue as you can.

To send feedback

  • Tap the menu > Send feedback.

  1. In the address bar, enter edge://sync-internals, and then tap Go.

  2. Tap the menu > Send feedback.

  3. Under Describe what’s happening, describe your sync issue. Include as much detail about the issue as you can.

  4. Turn on Send device information and Include this screenshot.

  5. Tap Send.

Collections

  1. Tap the menu ... > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts, tap your Microsoft account.

  3. Under Sync settings, tap Sync to, and then select The new Microsoft Edge.

  4. Tap Accounts.

  5. Under Sync settings, tap Sync.

  6. Turn on Sync and under Data items, turn on Collections.

  7. Tap Done.

  1. Tap the menu ... > Collections. to see a list of your Collections.

  2. Tap on one of those collections to view the items stored there.

  1. Tap the menu ... > Collections to view your list of Collections.

  2. Tap on one of those Collections to view the items stored there.

  3. Use the ▼ button to drag the drawer down into a half state.

  4. Tap any item in your Collection to navigate to that web page while keeping the Collection open in the drawer.

  1. Tap the menu ... > Collections.

  2. Tap the + button at the top right of the screen.

  3. Type a name for your collection.

  4. Tap done. The Collection will appear in your list of Collections.

Option 1:

  1. While on the web page you want to add, tap the menu ... > Add to Collections.

  2. Tap the Collection you want to add this web page to or tap the option to create a new Collection. The page will be saved to the Collection you select.

Option 2: 

  1. With the Collection drawer open (see previous steps), tap the + button in the upper right corner of the drawer. The page will appear in your open Collection,

  1. Tap the menu ... > Collections.

  2. Near the bottom right of the screen, tap edit.

  3. Use the = bars to drag and rearrange the order your items appear in.

  4. Tap the – button to the left of any collection to delete it.

  5. Tap done to exit the organize state.

  1. Tap the menu ... > Collections.

  2. Tap on one of your collections to view the items it contains.

  3. In the bottom right corner of the drawer, tap the edit button.

  4. Use the = bars to drag and rearrange your items.

  5. Tap any of the empty checkboxes to select multiple items.

  6. Tap delete to delete any selected items.

  7. Tap done to exit the organize state.

Favorites (bookmarks) and history

  1. Tap the menu > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts, tap your Microsoft account.

  3. Under Sync settings, tap Sync to, and then select The new Microsoft Edge.

  4. Tap Accounts.

  5. Under Sync settings, tap Sync.

  6. Turn on Sync and, under Data items, turn on Favorites.

  7. Tap Done.

Your favorites may be stored in three locations. You can choose which you want to view.

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > Favorites.

  2. Tap the favorites location you want to view:

    • Favorites bar shows the synced favorites stored on your desktop browser favorites bar.

    • Other favorites shows the synced favorites stored in your desktop browser Other favorites folder.

    • Mobile favorites shows the favorites added from your mobile devices.

  • While on the web page you want to add, tap the menu > Add to favorites. The page will appear in your Mobile favorites.

  • Tap the menu > Settings > History.

  • Tap the menu > Settings > Privacy > Clear browsing data.

The favorites button is located on the top row of the new browser menu.

  • Tap the menu … > Favorites.

Syncing data across devices

  1. Tap the menu > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts, tap your Microsoft account.

  3. Under Sync settings, tap Sync to, and then select The new Microsoft Edge.

  4. Tap Accounts.

  5. Under Sync settings, tap Sync.

  6. Turn on Sync.

  7. Tap Done.

  1. Tap the menu > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts, tap your Microsoft account.

  3. Under Sync settings, tap Sync.

  4. Turn on or off Sync or tap Sync now to force a sync with the server.

  5. Under Data items, select the items you want to sync.

  6. Tap Done.

Accounts

You can have two accounts for Microsoft Edge: Your Microsoft account, which is your personal account, and a work or school account, which you get through your school or employer.

Sign in with your Microsoft account

  1. Tap the menu > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts, tap Sign in with a Microsoft account.

  3. If you have saved data from a Microsoft account, such as favorites or passwords, you’ll have the option to choose whether to merge the saved data with the account your signing in with or keep the data separate, which will delete the saved data.

  4. Sign in to your Microsoft account.

Sign in with your work or school account

  1. Tap the menu > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts, tap Sign in with a work or school account.

  3. Sign in with your work or school account.

When you sign out of your Microsoft account, you have the option to keep the data from the device, such as favorites and passwords, or to delete it. If you save the data from your Microsoft account, you can merge it when you sign in to your account again on the same device.

When you sign out of your work or school account, your data is always deleted from the device.

  1. Tap the menu > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts, tap the account you want to sign out of.

  3. Next to the account name, tap Sign out.

Yes, you can be signed in with both accounts. 

You don’t have to sign out of your Microsoft account to sign in with your work or school account. Just sign in to your work or school account as you usually would. 

  1. Tap the menu > Settings.

  2. Under Accounts > tap Sign in with a work or school account.

  3. Tap the account you want to sign in to.

  4. Tap Done.

Extensions

Extensions are programs that integrate with Microsoft Edge to enhance your online shopping experience, increase your productivity, provide entertainment, and more. You can get extensions from the Microsoft Store app. Some extensions are free, others are available for purchase.

Extensions made for Microsoft Edge Legacy aren’t currently compatible with the new Microsoft Edge. The new Microsoft Edge for iOS continues to support Adblock Plus and NewsGuard.

The new Microsoft Edge includes Adblock Plus and NewsGuard.

To turn on Adblock Plus

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > Content blockers.

  2. Turn on Block ads.

  3. Tap Done.

To turn on NewsGuard

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > News rating.

  2. Turn on Display rating on the address bar.

  3. Tap Done.

Personalization

The appearance and layout of the icons in your browser menu will change if  your iOS device is set to display large text. 

You can change the position of the icons to make the ones you use most often more accessible.

  1. Tap the menu > Change menu.

  2. Drag the icons to rearrange your menu.

  3. After you’ve rearranged the icons how you want them, tap Done.

Be sure to tap Done after you rearrange your icons to save your changes.

Currently, customization is limited to rearranging the icons in the browser menu. Future releases may include further customization options.

No, it’s not possible to move the address bar. 

News

The default news feed is for the United States in English, but you can change it for other regions and languages.

To change the news feed

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > News feed.

  2. Tap Region and language.

  3. In the list, select the region and language you want.

  4. Tap Done.

The news feed appears by default on the Microsoft Edge home page.

  1. Tap the menu > News feed.

  2. Turn on or off Show my news feed.

  3. Tap Done.

NewsGuard is an extension that rates websites for journalistic standards of credibility and transparency in the US. This extension is available in the Microsoft Edge app, but is turned off by default. When turned on, this extension shows a reliability rating for the website in the address bar. It will not prevent access to sites or interrupt browsing.

To turn on NewsGuard

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > News rating.

  2. Turn on Display rating on the address bar.

Tabs

There are two ways to open a new tab. 

Open a new menu from the setting menu

  • Tap the menu > New tab.

Open a new tab from the tabs window

  1. On the menu bar, tap the numbered square icon.

  2. Tap the Tabs tab.

  3. Tap the plus icon +.

  1. On the menu, tap the numbered square icon.

  2. On the tab, tap the close icon X or swipe the tab left or right.

Yes, you can view all your open tabs at once.

  • On the menu, tap the numbered square icon. The number on the icon indicates how many open tabs you have.

InPrivate tabs keep your browsing activity private. On iOS devices, Microsoft Edge won't save history and form data for an InPrivate tab. Cookies are stored as temporary data for each InPrivate tab. When the tab is closed, the cookies are deleted. No data from InPrivate browsing is written into the iOS file system.

There are two ways to open a new InPrivate tab. 

Open a new menu from the setting menu

  • Tap the menu > New InPrivate tab.

Open a new tab from the tabs window

  1. On the menu bar, tap the numbered square icon.

  2. Tap the InPrivate tab.

  3. Tap the plus icon +.

When you browse InPrivate, Microsoft Edge does not save any passwords you enter, but will offer to auto-fill forms with passwords you’ve saved previously. Your search and browsing history are not tracked.  

If you’ve accidentally closed a tab, you can find it in your history and reopen it.

  1. Tap the menu > Settings > History.

  2. Tap the tab you want to reopen.

Privacy

Microsoft Edge has features that help you and your content stay safe online. We automatically block websites and content downloads that are reported to be malicious. Microsoft Edge checks the address of the webpage you're visiting against a list of webpage addresses stored on your device that Microsoft believes to be legitimate. Addresses that aren't on your device’s list and the addresses of files you're downloading will be sent to Microsoft and checked against a frequently updated list of webpages and downloads that have been reported to Microsoft as unsafe or suspicious.

Your privacy is important to us. You can read our privacy policy by following the link here: https://privacy.microsoft.com/privacystatement.

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