Microsoft revamped their iconic Edge browser with the Chromium based open source software. In addition to new look there are many new features available with Edge Chromium version. If you are impressed with the new browser on your Windows computer, you can also try to on other platforms as well. In our earlier article, we have explained how to use Edge browser in iOS. Here is how you can install Microsoft Edge in Mac.
Downloading Edge for Mac
On iOS and Android phones, you can easily download and install Edge from respective App Stores. Unfortunately, Microsoft does not offer Edge through Mac App Store. You have to download the installer package from their website to install Edge on Mac.
Open Safari browser and go to the official Microsoft Edge download page. Remember, to use Safari for downloading the Edge app. If you use Chrome or other browser in Mac to download the app, it may not work after installation.
If you are accessing the page from Mac, you will automatically see the download button with macOS option selected.
If you are downloading the app from Windows or any other operating system, click on the small arrow next to download button. Choose “for macOS” option from the dropdown list (you need to transfer this installer file to Mac for installing Edge).
Click on the download button and on the next screen, uncheck the box if you do not want to share the diagnostic data with Microsoft. Click on “Accept and download” button to start downloading the installer package from the website.
Click on the “Allow” button in the next pop-up to allow Safari downloading the file from Microsoft website.
The download will automatically start.
In case if you use Chrome to download, after downloading the file you will see a message like below warning that .pkg files may harm your Mac. Click “Keep” to retain the file.
Again, use Safari to download the file to avoid app crashing issues after installation. After downloading the file, click on the “Show downloads” button and choose the “Show in Finder” lens icon.
Alternatively, go to “Downloads” folder and find the installer package.
Installing Edge in Mac
Double click on the installer package to run the installation process. It will take you through a wizard to follow the steps.
Click on “Continue” button and install the Edge browser on your Mac. You should finally see a success message indicating the installation is completed.
Click “Close” button and choose “Move to Trash” if prompted to delete the installer package file.
Accessing the Browser
After completion of installation, Edge will open automatically. Otherwise, go to “Applications” folder and open Microsoft Edge app. If you are lucky, you will see the browser opening. In most cases, you will see the Edge app bounces few times on the dock and crash without opening. Check out the below options, if you face any problems after installing the app.
- Make sure you have used Safari to download the app with data sharing checkbox enabled. The app will crash if you have downloaded through Chrome, Firefox or any other third-party app.
- Delete the app, installer package and reinstall the app.
- Restart you Mac and try to access Edge.
Checkout this thread on Microsoft forum to find any other solution can work for you.
When you are able to open Edge on your Mac, you will see a “Welcome to Microsoft Edge” screen like below.
Choose the style for your new tab from one of the available options. You can change this later by clicking on the gear icon showing on the new tab page.
Next, login to your Microsoft account to sync the browsing activities across all your devices. We recommend using this as collections and other features will be more useful when using logged in. otherwise, click on “Continue without Signing in” link to proceed further.
Finally, Edge will prompt you to import browser data from Safari. You can either close that pop-up or click on “Learn how” link to learn more on moving your favorites and reading list to Edge.
Notable Features in Microsoft Edge for Mac
After lengthy process of installation and setup, you will see the welcome page from Microsoft offering lots of tips on using Edge Chromium version on Mac.
Here are some of the wonderful features that you should try with Edge on Mac:
- Click on the “Collections” icon showing right to the address bar to start collecting similar webpages. This is useful when you are doing a research for collecting group of webpages for accessing later on another device.
- Similar to Google Chrome, you can access all settings using shortcut command URL from the address bar. For example, edge://settings will take you to the settings page and edge://settings/appearance to appearance section.
- Setup custom security level and try family mode to share the browser with your family members.
- Add website apps, extensions and change the appearance with different themes.
- Use “Read Aloud” feature to allow Edge reading the page content for you.
Microsoft Edge with Chromium version is completely a different browser compared to the earlier versions. If you use Windows PC / phone along with Mac/iPhone then you will love the features of the latest app. However, most of the features will exactly look like Google Chrome which may annoy you if you hate Chrome. In addition, you may also feel missing some features like adding notes in the previous version.