Edge is the new chromium-based browser from Microsoft majorly for its Windows platform. Releasing from Windows 10 onwards, it is a better alternative to those prolonged browsers like Chrome or Firefox. This browser comes pre-installed on Windows 10 machine.
From both features and options perspective, Edge is very modern and sleek which is build on the same Chromium-based blink engine that powers Google Chrome. Even the UI itself is modernized to match the new material design standards.
Since then, Microsoft has released its browser to other platforms, especially mobile devices running on Android and iOS. So in this article, let us have a detailed overview of the Edge browser for iOS and iPadOS devices.
My sister bought a new iPad for herself. She called me over to have a look. Later, she asked me which browser she should opt for. My answer was Microsoft Edge. Then, I told her why Microsoft Edge iOS is the best.
Though the browser looks different in the iPhone when compared with the iPad, the options and settings are almost the same.
Now, let’s have a detailed look at all the features of Microsoft Edge for iOS:
Edge on iOS: Features and Overview
The look and feel matters and contributes to the overall browsing experience. So here in Edge, we have a minimal yet functional UI. Let’s break down the aspects and see them one by one.
Upon launching the browser, you’ll be given a home screen. The Screen comprises a search bar powered by Bing that you can change in search engine settings.
Towards the center, we have icons for websites we added or visited the most. Scrolling down a bit, we will get My feed, a collection of news and articles to read from. Although you can personalize and have your cards by swiping right to the personalize tabs.
If you tap on the menu on the home screen, you will be given the option to change the homepage layout. Here you can choose from the default Home Page Layout, or customize it as per your needs. You can toggle ON or OFF the cards and feeds displayed on the home screen page.
A sleek navigation bar can be located towards the bottom of the screen. It comprises a Forward and Backward button along with a More button, tab switcher button, and share button that allows you to share the webpage through your preferred medium.
Tapping on the More options button will reveal a pop-up menu. So the menu comprises options like Voice search, new tab, and Image search.
This is also a place to find options like settings and. Well, we will talk about continuing on PC in the later section of this article. You can add a website to your collections and view them later.
There is also a Desktop site that helps to load the desktop version of the site. Especially for websites like google docs. Other options like Read aloud, Find on Page, are also of great use. You can add pages to the Reading list and view them later.
You can easily arrange the items on this menu. Tap on the Change menu and drag and drop things to arrange them to suit your needs.
Tab management is simple and efficient in this browser. You can invoke tab view by tapping on the tab button in the navigation bar.
It divides the tabs into two key parts: Normal tabs and InPrivate tabs. As you already know, InPrivate tabs help to view websites leaving no trails behind. You can quickly search for stuff and close it to remove history.
You can close all open tabs by tapping on thetabs option.
While the browser targets more privacy, you can find many options regarding enhancing privacy. Although there are many other tweaking options presents in the browser.
For instance, you can choose the Theme of the UI to suit your system style. You can select Dark, or Light, or Device defaults. There is also another option to set it to System default.
When the default state is active, normal tabs will be in light mode and private tabs will be dark mode. So you can quickly identify that you’re on private browsing mode.
Privacy and Security
As mentioned earlier, this browser focuses most on the privacy of its users. Under Privacy and security, you can find options like Saving passwords, managing saved passwords and saved address management.
Apart from that, you can also find options to enable tracking prevention and block pop-ups. You can set controls over cookies, whether to allow or block cookies.
You can optionally enable or disable sharing data about the websites you visit on Microsoft Edge iOS.
Also, you can change sharing usage data for personalization. If you like a personalized browsing experience, you can enable them. If you don’t like it, you can opt-out by disabling it.
Other options like customizing or disabling news feed, enabling content blockers, and translation options can be modified from the Settings option.
Content blockers provide a great option for parental controls and restrictions.
Now you can select news feed sources from this menu. You can select your region and get news based on your locality. There are MSN and MSN kids services available. But you can add more services.
Under Advanced settings, you can find settings to change the default search engine. By default, you’ll find Bing, however, you can switch to google or any other services you like.
Adjust the site display settings to load desktop pages or mobile pages based on your preference. It’s good to have a mobile version as default as they load faster and manually change to the desktop version of the site only if required.
Upon opening the browser, you can either pick up where you left or launch a new tab by modifying browsing options under advanced settings.
Sometimes it’s annoying when the things we left open again. Especially if you were viewing any private stuff and forgot to close. So its best to select the “New tab”. Previous tabs won’t be closed, and you can go back to them if you want.
You can also enable or disable floating video to open a pop up (picture in picture) window for videos you play with the edge browser.
Some Siri shortcuts can open within the edge browser. For instance, open up Siri and say, “Read the news”. This will open up the top article in your Microsoft news feed.
Of course, you can customize the options by tapping on the edit (pencil) icon. Other options like image search can open image searching options within the edge browser.
Edge has done some serious workarounds on the continuity department. Options like continue on PC are working great. You can sign in with your Microsoft account, the one you’ve used in your PC from the startup menu, or settings.
After you can tap on for more options > Continue on PC and select your PC from the list to open it on your PC. The webpage instantly opens on your selected PC, and you can continue reading or working there.
This continuity is what I like the most in the browser.
You can access your favorites, reading list from your PC. Your list from the phone will be also available to access from the PC. Thanks to Microsoft account integration for this support.
Bottom Line: Edge for iOS/iPadOS
So, the Edge iOS is a great browser for iOS, considering its features. Even from the perspective of looks, the browser holds up to modern standards. There are many features to try out in Microsoft Edge for iOS.
So, if you’re mostly considering privacy features and continuity options between your devices, the Edge iOS browser is the way to go.
The primary reason people use browsers like Chrome or Firefox is that we can alternatively work between Mac and mobile phones because it can sync between them. Now with Edge also available for mobile platforms, users can sync content from mobile to PC easily.
This may work out for Microsoft. Although the browser lacks many features when compared to the desktop version available on Windows PCs, it still has a long way to go. However, as far as Safari for iOS and Chrome for iOS, the Microsoft Edge browser for iOS is nowhere lagging behind the competitors.
If you have a Windows computer at work or PC and Apple iPhone or iPad, then choosing the Microsoft Edge is a great choice. It works well for compatibility and switching between devices to maintain continuity.
I taught my sister about all the latest features of the Microsoft Edge iOS browser and how it is the best choice for her iPad. She was ecstatic.
Do you like the Microsoft Edge for iOS? Which is your favorite feature that you always prefer over any other browser? Does switching from Microsoft Edge computer to iOS works for you?
Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.
|Chrome Windows||Chrome Mac||Chrome iOS||Chrome Android||Firefox Linux|
|Firefox Windows||Safari Mac||Safari iOS||Edge Android||Chrome Linux|
|Edge Windows||Firefox Mac||Edge iOS||Samsung Internet||Edge Linux|
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