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How to Use Microsoft Edge on iOS and Android

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you probably use Safari as your mobile browser. If you're an Android user, you may use Google Chrome.

Another option is Microsoft Edge. Designed for Windows 10, this browser edged its way onto iOS and Android devices in 2017. PCMag's Michael Muchmore loves to sing its praises on the desktop, but why use it on your mobile phone or tablet?

Among other things, you can surf the web by typing or by voice. If you already run Edge in Windows 10, you can sync your passwords, favorites, and other data with the mobile edition. You can also send webpage links from your mobile device to your computer.

Apple iOS users can grab Edge from the App Store; Android users can snag it from Google Play. The app supports Android phones, but does not support all Android tablets. Click on the Install button at Edge's Google Play page and choose your device. The page will tell you if your Android tablet is supported.

I'll use an iPhone X as my test subject here, but Edge works similarly on an Android device. Also, I'll assume you already use Windows 10 with a Microsoft Account and have used Edge in Windows as well.

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  • Signing In

    Open Edge on your mobile device. The first task at hand is to sign in with your Microsoft Account so you can sync key settings across any computer or mobile device that runs Edge. You can sign in as soon as the app opens for the first time, or tap on the three-dot () icon in the lower-right corner and tap Sign in. Edge may recognize your Microsoft Account name or email address. In that case, tap the Continue button. If not, type your email address at the Sign in screen and enter your password. If you choose to sign in with your Microsoft Account, you may see a screen asking if you want to Sync passwords. Tap the link to Skip for now.

  • Search the Web

    Tap in the URL field. You can type the website address you want to visit or the keyword or phrase you want to find.

  • Voice Search

    You can speak the address or phrase. Tap in the URL field and tap the microphone icon. The first time you do this, you're asked to let Edge access your microphone. Tap on the link to Go to Settings. At the Settings screen, turn on the option to Allow Edge to Access Microphone and then return to Edge. Tap the microphone icon again and speak the address or keyword or phrase you want to find.

  • QR Codes

    You can trigger a website via a QR code through your device's camera. Tap the camera icon (the one that looks like a horizontal line in brackets) in the URL field. The first time you do this, you're asked to let Edge access your camera. Click OK or go to settings and enable the option for Camera. Back in Edge, tap the camera icon again. Aim your phone's camera at the QR code you want to scan. Your camera should read the code, prompting Edge to open the associated web page.

  • Sync Passwords

    You can sync your website passwords across your Microsoft Account. Tap on the three-dot () icon in the lower-right corner and tap your name. At your profile screen, turn on the option to Sync passwords. Type the password for your Microsoft Account. Your profile screen should indicate that your passwords are syncing and then display a date and time of the last sync. Tap Done.

  • Change Settings

    You can tweak other settings. Again, tap on the three-dot () icon and this time tap on Settings. At the Settings screen, tap on Privacy. Here you can tell Edge to save or not save passwords and data you add to website forms. You can block pop-ups and cookies and choose not to share your browsing history. Unless you have a reason to change any of these settings, leave them at their default values.

  • Clear Browsing Data

    If you want to erase certain browser data, tap on the option to Clear browsing data. You can select which type of data you want to clear—browsing history, cookies and site data, cache, saved passwords, and form data. Again, you can leave the settings at their default values unless you have a specific reason to turn one on or off. Tap on the command to Clear browsing data at the bottom. You should be returned to the home screen.

  • Set Privacy

    Return to Settings > Privacy > Clear browsing data. Tap on the option to Change what Microsoft Edge knows about me in the cloud. Sign into your Microsoft account. At the Privacy dashboard, you can review and clear your browsing history, search history, location activity, and voice activity. You can edit your Cortana data and your Health activity.

  • Search Settings

    Return to Settings. Tap on the setting for New tab page. You can opt to display your news feed whenever you open a new tab. Go back. Tap on Advanced settings. You can change the search engine from Bing to Google or Yahoo. Go back. Further down, you can change the theme for the browser to Dark or keep Light as the default. Tap Done.

  • Browser Settings

    Let's check out a few more features. Tap on the three-dot () icon. Tap on New tab to open a page in a new tab. Tap on New InPrivate tab to open a page in a new tab in which the browser does not save your browsing history, temporary files, form data, cookies, and other data. Tap on View Desktop site to view the desktop version of the current page. Tap on View mobile site to return to the mobile version.

  • Favorites and Lists

    To save a site as a favorite, click on the star icon on the top right, or select the three-dot () icon and tap the star there. To save the page to your Reading list so you can read it offline, tap the star on the top right and select Reading List, or tap the three-dot () icon and select the Reading List icon. Tap on the Share icon to share a link to the page via messaging, email, Twitter, Facebook, and other apps and services. Tap on the book icon in the URL field to see the page in Reading view.

  • Favorites Menu

    Tap on the three-dot () icon in the upper right to view a screen of your favorites (which should sync). Tap on the next icon to see the pages in your Reading list. Tap on the third icon to see and read books you've purchased from the Microsoft Store. Tap on the fourth icon to see your history. Tap Done.

  • Continue on PC

    Finally, you can send your current page to Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 to view it on your computer. Tap on the Continue on PC icon (the one that looks like a rectangle with an arrow). Tap on the name of the PC on which you want to view this page. Segue to your computer where Microsoft Edge should automatically spring to life to display the page you sent.

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