Edge made its way to mobile via Android and iOS. The former is based on Blink while the latter is powered by the WebKit browser engine. It’s worth delving deeper into the Microsoft ecosystem if you’re using Windows, as there’s room for seamless integration between devices. Like its desktop counterpart, Edge has a lot to offer on mobile aside from a smooth browsing experience.
More features will make their way to the mobile browser, with a roadmap for unification into a single codebase. Here we take Microsoft Edge Mobile for a test drive and try out features that are worthwhile for everyday use.
Edge Mobile tips and tricks for Android and iOS
We explore the features from my point of view with the Android 12 based smartphone. The experience may be slightly different on iOS while most features and core interfaces remain the same.
1. Change page layout
Inspired by its desktop sibling, Edge on mobile lets you customize the home page, but with a limited set of options. It offers three profiles – focused, inspiring and individual. Focused does what the name suggests with an emphasis on no-frills web browsing. You’ll be greeted by a Microsoft logo at the top of the address bar.
Inspirational shows image of the daysourced from Bing, along with a newsfeed that you can access with a swipe up. Adjusted Layout allows users to choose elements from focused and inspirational. The browser loads inspiring Mode by default on first boot. It can be changed in the following ways.
a. Tap on the lever icon in the top right corner which shows three options.
b. On the home page, select the layout you want. If you choose the customized Layout allows you to choose specific items to show/hide on the home page.
2. Real world camera search
Google Lens brought search engines to the real world by making everything searchable through the camera. Edge brings a basic version of this to the browser with its built-in search bar. On the home page, tap the camera icon and start scanning objects to get similar image results powered by Bing.
There is a barcode scanner that scans QR and standard codes. Scan the barcode and the retrieved text/information will be searched in the preferred search engine.
3. Dark mode
Dark mode becomes an option for devices and apps. It’s a staple for power users who spend hours on the phone, lurking on Reddit, reading books, watching shows, etc. Edge Mobile was set to white mode upon installation. This is how you can switch to dark mode in Edge mobile browser.
Go to Settings from the three-dot toolbar below. Now go to Looks > Darkwhich instantly changes the appearance to dark mode.
Taking screenshots has different methods depending on the manufacturer. Some use the power button + volume up/down keyboard shortcut, while few have finger gestures in specific locations on the screen. Microsoft Edge allows you to take screenshots through the built-in feature.
There are two ways to take screenshots – the entire visible area and scrolling screenshots that allow users to capture the required part of a long page.
Take a screenshot of the visible area of the tab
a. Tap the share button on the toolbar below.
b. Select the screenshot icon on the left.
c. Save it to local storage or share it on social media or wirelessly to a nearby device.
Take a continuous screenshot of the selected part of the tab
note – On some phones, the option to take a continuous screenshot appears on the Edge mobile device when taking it from the phone’s shortcut.
a. Choose the second option from the left in the sharing toolbar
b. Use the arrows on either side to cover a larger area of the tab. Scroll up and down to include more areas; Then use the arrows to add them to the screenshot.
c. Tap the tick icon to complete the screenshot selection
i.e. Now we land in the storage area, just like the simple screenshot. You can save it locally, share it on social media apps or delete it and take another screenshot.
5. Read aloud
Web accessibility is being inherited by the web, with open source communities and tech giants leading the way. Just like desktop, Edge is bringing it to mobile too Read Aloud mode, where the entire content of a web page is read out loud by the AI-powered narrator.
It can read pages in hundreds of different languages, with two or more language options. English has 14 different voices to choose from, accompanied by different accents. Activate it on one side as follows.
a. Open a webpage you want to read and tap the three dots button to open the toolbar from below.
b. Tap on Read out, and the narrator starts reading the page in the recognized language.
c. Choose the reading speed and voice by tapping the accessibility icon at the top.
6. Immersive reading mode
Read a text-rich webpage without distractions, with your choice of formatting and background. Enable immersive reading mode in Edge Mobile by refreshing the page, swiping down or other gestures configured on your phone.
Tap the reading mode Icon to be able to read it on a slimmed down page. You can translate the page into another language, listen and format the text according to your reading preference. There’s also a dark mode that can be toggled from the reading menu.
7. Open a specific page on startup
Open a specific page when starting the browser. It is different from your home page, which you can access from the toolbar. Sometimes we need to open a certain page every day, e.g. B. a college or a job portal. Launch the browser and it will load in the first available tab.
Activate this feature by going to settings > General > Home page > A specific page and entering a web address with or without HTTPS.
8. Add pages to the collection
Collections are a simplified way to organize shopping pages, items, and webpages for future reference. They offer rich thumbnail previews of the webpage instead of text lists in bookmarks or favorites.
Add a page to the collection by going to Toolbar > collections and knock “Add current page to collection.” Then select a collection to target the page.
9. Check Do Not Track.
Many websites track your information when you visit them. In many cases, this can be a browser version, the IP address and even cookies that provide detailed information on previous visits.
You can hide your information by enabling the Do Not Track feature offered by leading mobile browsers, including Microsoft Edge. Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Security and change Don’t track to a.