Switch to the new Microsoft Edge

Experience the web in a whole new way by switching to the new Microsoft Edge from Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge legacy.

Why switch?

The new Microsoft Edge has improved security, privacy, speed, and ease of use. It surpasses the experience you’ve come to know with Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge Legacy.

Better security

Microsoft Edge includes Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, which helps identify suspicious sites that may present phishing or malware attacks. SmartScreen also checks your downloads to help you recognize possible risks. For more information about security in Microsoft Edge, see What is SmartScreen and how can it help protect me?

Increased privacy

Tracking prevention

Microsoft Edge provides better control over how your data is tracked as you browse the web. It provides three levels of tracking prevention: Basic, Balanced, and Strict.  You can choose the option that best suits your desired balance of personalization and privacy. For more information about tracking prevention, see Learn about tracking prevention in Microsoft Edge.

InPrivate browsing

Microsoft Edge offers InPrivate browsing, which allows you to hide your browsing history, site and form data, cookies, and passwords from other people who use the same device. InPrivate browsing includes InPrivate search with Microsoft Bing, so any searches on Bing won't be associated with you or influence your Bing search suggestions. For more information about InPrivate browsing, see Browse InPrivate in Microsoft Edge.

Smarter browsing

Microsoft Edge features built-in learning and accessibility tools that enhance your browsing experience, making it easier to find the information you need and connect to it in the way that suits you best. 

Microsoft Edge integrates Immersive Reader for some websites, so you can hear web content read to you or view articles without distracting ads.

You can use Collections to organize content on the web around specific themes. Collections is useful whether you're organizing your research, planning a trip, doing comparison shopping, of just want to pick up your browsing later. For more information about using Collections, see Organize your ideas with Collections in Microsoft Edge

Sync across all devices

With Microsoft Edge, you can sync your favorites, passwords, and other info across multiple devices. Just sign in to Microsoft Edge using the same Microsoft account on each device.

For more information about syncing across multiple devices, see Sign in to sync Microsoft Edge across devices.

Download and install the new Microsoft Edge

Make sure you have administrator privileges on your device and do the following:

  1. Go to the Microsoft Edge web page to download and install Microsoft Edge on your Windows, macOS, iOS, or Android device.

  2. When prompted, Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?, select Yes.

What if I don't have administrator privileges on my device?

To fully upgrade to the new Microsoft Edge, you must be signed in to your device using an administrator account. If you don't have this level of access, contact your IT administrator to request access or have someone complete the upgrade who has an administrator account on your device.

Import your browser data

To get up and running quickly and seamlessly with the new Microsoft Edge, you can import your browser data from Internet Explorer or from Microsoft Edge Legacy. For more information about importing your browser data, see Import favorites in Microsoft Edge.

Make Microsoft Edge your default browser

If you've downloaded Microsoft Edge but it's not your default browser, you can easily set it to be your default for Windows 10 or macOS.

Windows 10

  1. Go to Start  > Settings > Apps > Default apps > Web browser.

  2. Select the icon for the current default browser, and then, in the list, select Microsoft Edge.

macOS 

  1. Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > General > Default web browser.

  2. From the Default web browser list, select Microsoft Edge.

Customize your browser

There are many ways to customize how your Microsoft Edge browser looks, feels, and behaves. You can change the browser's appearance (themes, toolbar, display fonts), set how a new tab page looks, and choose the startup behavior. To access these settings:

  1. At the top corner of the browser, select Settings and more  > Settings .

  2. Under Settings, do any of the following:

  • To change appearance, select Appearance and make the changes you want to your default theme, zoom, toolbar, and fonts.

  • To change startup behavior, select On startup, and then select what you want Microsoft Edge to display on startup.

  1. To set how the page looks when you open a new tab, select New tab page, then select Customize, and in the window, select the options you want for Page content and Page layout.

You can also personalize the new tab page in Microsoft Edge.

  1. Above the address bar, select the + button to open a new tab.

  2. At the top corner of the new tab page, select Page Settings.

  3. Choose your page layout, background image, quick links, and more.

  4. Scroll down to see your news feed and select Personalize to choose your interests.

Keeping two versions of Microsoft Edge on your device

If you have Microsoft Edge Legacy on your device, you can keep both versions, but we recommend that you replace it with the new Microsoft Edge. However, you might need to keep both if,

  • You installed the new Microsoft Edge without administrator privileges.

  • Your device is managed by your organization and your organization has turned on the Microsoft Edge side-by-side experience. Contact your organization's administrator for more information about the side-by-side experience.

Frequently encountered issues with side-by-side Edge experience

My device keeps launching Microsoft Edge Legacy instead of the new Microsoft Edge 

Depending on your settings, your device might still launch websites and show search results using Microsoft Edge legacy. To change these settings:

  1. Go to Start Settings Apps Default Apps.

  2. Under Web browser, select Microsoft Edge

    Microsoft Edge default browser

Note: Both the new Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Edge Legacy appear in the Default browser list as Microsoft Edge. Be sure to select the version with the new Microsoft Edge icon.

You can also set the default app by file type and protocol or set defaults for the specific app itself. To do this, select one of the options under Start Settings Apps Default Apps and set the defaults you want.

Select default options by file type, protocol, or app.

My favorites, settings, and other browser data on the new Microsoft Edge aren't syncing from Microsoft Edge Legacy  

The new Microsoft Edge automatically syncs browser data from Microsoft Edge Legacy during installation. However, any browser data you add in Microsoft Edge Legacy after you install the new Microsoft Edge, including favorites and passwords, won't be synced automatically to the new Microsoft Edge.  

To manually import browser data from Microsoft Edge Legacy: 

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

  2. Select Import browser data.

  3. Select what you want to import and then select Import.

    Import browser data dialog

I used to have side-by-side browsers, but now I only see the new Microsoft Edge 

This likely means we were able to fully upgrade you to the new Microsoft Edge through a Windows update. 

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