How To: Turn Sync On Or Off In New Microsoft Edge

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The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge Browser is available not only on the Windows operating system, but also on MacOS, Android and iOS.

As the new Edge is based on Chromium, Google Chrome browser extensions are immediately supported, and most Chrome features are also available in the new Edge.

If you have installed the new Edge on multiple supported devices, you must use the sync feature to synchronize Edge browser data between your devices. This means that you can synchronize passwords, favorites, addresses and contact information, and browser settings across all devices using the same Microsoft account on all devices.

Note that the current version of Edge (version 79) does not support synchronization of open tabs, browser history, extensions, and collections.

Better yet, you can choose what you want to synchronize on a device. For example, you can choose to synchronize only your favorites or browser settings if you want.

Here’s how to enable or disable synchronization in the new Edge Browser.

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Privacy and Syncing in the New Microsoft Edge

While other browsers require you to log in to ensure that favorites, passwords, and browsing history are stored on different devices, the new Microsoft Edge benefits from knowing your Microsoft password and synchronizing that information with other Windows devices you are connected to. Microsoft has already stored information such as my address in previous browsing sessions. This information may be stored along with any debit/credit card or other payment information you enter in a field. You can also disable synchronization.

Unfortunately, Edge doesn’t seem quite ready to store all your information from device to device. With the test version of Canary we downloaded on Monday, Edge said that synchronizing your browsing history, open tabs and extensions “will come soon”. And while the Edge browser for Android now uses the swirling Edge logo from the desktop version, it doesn’t seem to “pick up where you left off” or sync the history of the pages you’ve accessed with the mobile browser. This is a feature that is definitely in the works.

Log in to Microsoft Edge and sync your account to your PC

  • Select the profile image from the browser taskbar. Note: If you see Manage profile settings, you are already logged in. You can select Manage Profile Settings > Synchronize > Enable
  • Synchronization and you are done. If you see a connection option, go to the next step.
  • Select Login and choose an account, or enter your account information. Select “Next”.
  • Select “Synchronize” when asked if you want to synchronize your account. This will synchronize your favorites, passwords, and other navigation information on the devices you use with this account.
  • To switch to another account, click on your profile picture, then add or select another profile.

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