Get Mi­crosoft Edge on An­droid

MARTYN CASSERLY re­veals how to sync pass­words, favourites, and ex­change data be­tween your PC and An­droid phone

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Mi­crosoft’s Edge browser was a wel­come in­clu­sion with Win­dows 10, bring­ing with it many in­ter­est­ing new fea­tures and an el­e­gant user in­ter­face. Now An­droid users can get in on the ac­tion, as Edge comes to the world’s most pop­u­lar mo­bile plat­form. We show you how to get Edge on your An­droid phone, and why it’s a good idea.

Down­load­ing the app

Mi­crosoft has added an early-ac­cess ver­sion of its Edge browser to the Google Play store, which goes un­der the name Mi­crosoft Edge Pre­view (Un­re­leased). This means you can down­load it now, but as it’s still in the beta stage there will in­evitably be a few bugs still to iron out. If you’re happy to put up with the odd crash or er­ratic be­hav­iour while Mi­crosoft per­fects the app, then tap the In­stall but­ton and you’ll be good to go in min­utes.

If, for any rea­son, you can’t down­load the app from the Google Play Store, then there is an­other route you can try. Open a browser on your PC and go to tinyurl.com/y8cj577L. Here you’ll find an op­tion to se­lect the An­droid ver­sion of the app, be­low which you can pro­vide ei­ther a mo­bile num­ber of

email ad­dress to which Mi­crosoft will send a link to the Edge pre­view.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can scan the QR code on the screen with your An­droid phone, which once again will take you to a down­load page for the app.

Set­ting up the Edge browser

Once the app is in­stalled, open it and you’ll be asked if you want to use your Mi­crosoft ac­count? Those who want Edge to sync with its coun­ter­part on their Win­dows PC should say yes or choose the Con­tinue as [your email] but­ton. If you don’t have a Mi­crosoft ac­count, or don’t want to link it up yet, can ei­ther choose the Use an­other ac­count op­tion, or tap Skip for now. The next step will give you the choice to share your brows­ing his­tory or not. This is ob­vi­ously

up to you. Shar­ing will im­prove sug­ges­tions that are pre­sented to you by Edge, but it’s by no means an es­sen­tial fea­ture.

Us­ing the Edge browser

Once ev­ery­thing is set up you’ll ar­rive at the Home page, which looks not hugely dis­sim­i­lar to the clas­sic Google vari­ant. En­ter a search into the main bar and you’ll be whisked off to the far cor­ners of the in­ter­net.

Tap­ping the mi­cro­phone icon al­lows voice search, while the square with a line run­ning through it will open the built-in QR reader.

There are a few other op­tions worth know­ing about, es­pe­cially if you al­ready use Edge on your Win­dows 10 PC. In the top right cor­ner, you’ll see a Star icon with three lines stick­ing out of its right side.

Tap this and it opens up a new page with sev­eral icons across the top. From left to right they rep­re­sent Favourites (book­marks), Read­ing list, Books (a new fea­ture ar­riv­ing soon), His­tory, and Down­loads.

Tap­ping the X on the far right will bring you back to the Home page. Along the bot­tom of the screen are a few more icons wor­thy of your at­ten­tion. The three dots in the far right give you ac­cess to your ac­count, set­tings, plus the abil­ity to quickly open new stan­dard tabs or pri­vate ones.

Next to this is an icon with one rec­tan­gle on top of an­other. This shows you all of the tabs cur­rently open in the browser, sep­a­rat­ing them into Stan­dard and Pri­vate sec­tions.

The other main icon re­sem­bles a mo­bile phone with an ar­row point­ing out of its side. This is a clever

new fea­ture that al­lows users to link their An­droid phone and Win­dows 10 PC (so long as it’s run­ning the lat­est Fall Creators Up­date). When set up it will en­able users to start read­ing a web­site ar­ti­cle on one de­vice, then send it to the other so they con­tinue there in­stead. Ex­pect the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of this to grow over time, pos­si­bly into some­thing spe­cial.

It’s look­ing good so far, and with Mi­crosoft on form at the mo­ment, we think this is one to watch.

Scan­ning the QR code will take you to the app’s down­load page

Edge on An­droid al­lows users to start read­ing a web­site ar­ti­cle on one de­vice, then send it to the other so they con­tinue there in­stead

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