Sync your Microsoft Edge favorites & reading list across devices

Microsoft Edge lets you sync your favorites and your reading list across the devices where you use it. The new browser from Microsoft is able to run this synchronization across all the Windows 10 devices on which you signed in with the same Microsoft account. With the launch of Windows 10 Mobile, this feature has made its way onto smartphones too, so we thought it would be a great idea for us to show you how to get it working on both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile.

How to set Microsoft Edge’s synchronization on Windows 10

The first step is to access the settings from Microsoft Edge. This is done from inside the browser, by clicking or tapping the More menu from the browser’s top right corner. It’s represented by three dots .

Once you click or tap the three-dots button, the browser’s menu is shown. Look for the Settings option and click or tap on it. It should be the last one displayed.

Once you’ve clicked or tapped on Settings , Microsoft Edge will slide a window from the right side, that will give you access to its basic settings. Scroll down until you reach the Sync your content section.

This section is refreshingly simple and offers only one option - Sync - that you can turn either Off or On. Make sure that Sync is On.

How to set Microsoft Edge’s synchronization on Windows 10 Mobile

Just as in Windows 10 for PCs, the synchronization feature of Microsoft Edge for Windows 10 Mobile is accessed from inside the app, using the three-dots menu called More. Only that this time, the More button is located on the bottom right corner of the screen.

The next step is to tap on the Settings option from the menu.

Just as in the PC version, the Sync your content section has only an On/Off switch .

Make sure that the Sync option is set to On.

This is it! The configuration is done and, as long as your devices are connected to the Internet, Microsoft Edge will synchronize your Favorites and your Reading List among devices. W ith only one condition: make sure that you have used the same Microsoft account on your devices.

What you need in order for Microsoft Edge’s synchronization to work

To make sure that you have no issues with the synchronization between devices, keep in mind the following aspects:

  • Microsoft account. For the synchronization to work, you need to ensure that you sign in with the same account on all your devices. To verify your account, access the S ettings app on both your Windows 10 PC and Windows 10 Mobile device and check the “Accounts -> Your email and accounts settings . Below you can see an example for Windows 10 on PCs:

And here is an example for Windows 10 Mobile on smartphones :

  • Favorites and Reading List. Microsoft has built the Edge browser from scratch, but it has retained the term Favorites used in the old Internet Explorer. This is the same as Bookmarks in the other browsers. Favorites are meant to be a long term directory of the websites you love most. Favorites can be organized in folders, sorted and rearranged. Reading List is meant as a short term repository. You add items to the list and you delete them once you are done with them. There is no sorting and there are no folders.
  • Slow synchronization. It takes quite a few minutes for items to synchronize across devices. This is something that Microsoft should address in the future. For the time being, in my tests, it took 10-15 minutes for items to show up on all the devices I used (one laptop, one desktop PC and one smartphone). The capability is there, as synchronizing pictures with OneDrive on the same devices was almost instantaneous, even if there was much more data involved.

Conclusion

Microsoft has embedded synchronization in its Edge browser in a simple and easy to use manner. Configuring it takes only one setting for turning syncing On or Off and you do it by following the same path both on PC and on the Mobile version of Windows 10. The synchronization itself takes a few minutes and this is something Microsoft should improve in future updates to its web browser. The design is neat and it is satisfying to find the same look and feel as well as the exact menus and options on all your Windows 10 devices, be them mobile or not.