We are seeing quite a few Chromium browsers making their presence felt in recent years. However, as of now, Microsoft Edge seems to have taken a large chunk of the pie. While some could attribute it to the fact that it comes preinstalled with the latest iteration of Windows, that isn’t the only reason for its rise to fame.
Offering all the goodies that Google Chrome has to offer, and at the same time not hogging much of system resources, it seems to have checked all the essential prerequisites. Owing to all these reasons, it has also managed to find a permanent abode in many users’ smartphones.
But before you start using Edge in a cross-platform environment, you should ensure that you have signed in to the browser and synced your data. This way, you will be able to access all your saved data, bookmarks, and password, among others, across all the signed-in devices.
So if you haven’t done that yet, then now is the perfect time to do so. Here are the detailed instructions to sign in to the Microsoft Edge browser and sync your data.
To sign in to the Microsoft Edge browser, you must have a Microsoft Account. It’s mandatory, just like Google Chrome needs a Google account for a sign.
Sign-in and Sync Data
We must sign in to our edge browser and enable the data sync. The data sync is a bi-directional process, i.e., you can sync the data from Edge computer to Edge mobile and vice-versa.
Signing in to Edge on PC
As I mentioned, you need a Microsoft account to sign in to the browser. You should consider creating one personal account for free if you do not have one. You can also use your Microsoft 365 work or school account. However, I wouldn’t recommend doing that on your personal computer.
Here are the steps to sign in Microsoft Edge browser on a computer PC:
- Launch the Microsoft Edge browser on your PC.
- Click on the Profile icon situated at the top right.
- Hit on the
- Click on the Microsoft Account option, type in your credentials, and confirm.
If you’re already signed in with a Microsoft account on Windows PC, you can directly use that account.
You shall be getting a few pop-ups and personalized settings.
- Click on the or
- Complete the Sign-in process.
That’s it. Your account is now added. You can verify the same by clicking on your profile icon at the top right.
You will be signed in to your Microsoft Edge account using your Microsoft account.
Customizing Edge’s Sync Settings
As soon as you add your account, Microsoft Edge automatically enables the sync functionality. By default, your history, passwords, favorites, settings, addresses, and Collections will be synced across all the signed-in devices. However, History and Opened Tabs are the segments that wouldn’t be synced.
With that said, you could easily tweak this sync setting and enable or disable the required ones as per your requirement.
Here are the steps to customize the sync settings in the Microsoft Edge browser:
- Launch the Microsoft Edge browser.
- Click on your Profile avatar situated at the top right.
- Click on the Manage Profile Settings link under Sync is on status.
- Select and navigate to the Sync section.
This will display the list of sync services enabled or disabled.
- Turn ON or OFF the toggle next to the desired option to enable/disable the sync service.
With this, we are done with the sync settings on Edge’s PC. If you disable any service, the data will be stored within the browser but won’t be synced and will be available across other devices signed in with the same Microsoft account.
Sign-in and Sync Edge on Mobile
Now that we are done with the Edge computer setup, we can similarly configure the Edge for Android. Edge is also available for iPhone or iOS devices. So you can follow the same steps even on iOS.
Sign in to Edge Mobile
You will only be able to utilize the full potentiality of the sync feature once you have this browser installed on a second device. There’s no better way to cement this statement than by listing the sync instructions for the Edge’s smartphone build.
Here are the steps to sign in to Microsoft Edge on Android and iOS:
- Launch the Microsoft Edge browser on your mobile device.
- Tap on the user avatar icon situated at the top left.
- Hit on the Sign in with a Microsoft Account button.
- Type in your Microsoft account credentials and complete the on-screen Sign-in process.
Your account will now be added.
As soon as that happens, you will be greeted with the Sync dialog box; tap on the Turn on the Sync button.
That’s it. Your profile is now added, and the sync process will have automatically started. Let’s now check out the steps to tweak these sync settings on your device.
Customize Edge’s Sync Settings on the Phone
Similar to its PC counterpart, the browser’s mobile variant also allows you to customize the sync settings per your need.
Here are the steps to customize sync settings on Microsoft Edge mobile browser:
- Launch the Microsoft Edge browser.
- Tap on the profile icon situated at the top left.
- Select the Account Settings link from the menu that appears.
- Choose the Sync menu.
This will open the Sync settings menu with all the available services.
- Enable or disable the checkbox for the desired data items you want to sync.
That’s it! Based on your sync settings, the data will be synced on the Edge browser between two or more devices signed in with the same Microsoft account.
Bottom Line: Sign-in and Sync Data on Edge Browser
With this, we round off this guide with the steps to sign in to Microsoft Edge and sync all your data. Remember that if you are still using the Edge Legacy variant, now is the right time to switch to its Chromium build. This is because the former might be depreciated in the coming months, and it wouldn’t support cross-device sync either.
Furthermore, you might get the Can’t Sync message in some instances. This is just a temporary disruption that lasts only a couple of seconds. So there’s nothing to worry about as such.
Likewise, you could expect more sync features to be added to the mobile variant shortly, so this isn’t a comprehensive list but rather a variable one. On that note, we conclude this guide.
Please let us know in the comments section if you have any queries concerning the instructions above.