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How to Update Microsoft Edge 2021

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What to Know

When Edge has an update, you will see a green, orange, or red circle in the upper right corner.To manually check for updates, open the main menu and select Help and feedback > About Microsoft Edge.Edge normally updates itself whenever you close and reopen it on both Windows and macOS.

This article explains how to update the Microsoft Edge web browser, including an explanation of automatic updates and instructions to manually check for and install updates. Instructions apply to Edge for Windows, macOS, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

How Microsoft Edge Updates on Windows and macOS

Like other Chromium-based browsers, Microsoft Edge is designed to download and install updates when they're available automatically. This only occurs when you close the browser, so Edge will not automatically update itself if you leave it open for extended periods of time.

When Microsoft Edge has an update ready, the menu icon in the upper right corner will change. This icon is normally three horizontal dots, but it will include a small green circle with an arrow in the center when an update first becomes available. If you don't install the update, the ring will eventually turn red.

When the update indicator is present, the main Edge menu will include an Update available option that isn't usually there. Clicking on this option will immediately close the browser, install the updates, reopen the browser, and reopen any tabs you had open.

How to Check For Updates and Update Microsoft Edge on Windows and macOS

While Edge typically updates itself and provides an alert if it hasn't been updated and needs your intervention, it also has an option to check for and install updates manually. This option is great if you want to make sure you always have the latest version, and it's also helpful in case a bug or connectivity error prevents Edge from seeing an update and providing an alert.

Here's how to check for Edge updates manually and install if one is available:

Click the menu button (three horizontal dots) in the upper right corner.

Click Help and feedback > About Microsoft Edge.

Edge will automatically check for updates and install them if any are found.

When the update finishes, click Restart.

Edge will restart with the latest version in place.

How to Update Microsoft Edge on iPad and iPhone

When an update becomes available for Edge on your iPad or iPhone, it will be installed automatically if you have set up that option. Otherwise, you can update it with the app store. Both of these processes work exactly the same as updating any app on iOS.

Here's how to manually update Microsoft Edge on iPad or iPhone:

Open the App Store.

Tap your profile icon at the top of the screen.

Tap Update next to Edge.

Tapping Update All will also update Edge if an update is available. If Edge isn't in the list of apps that needs updates, that means it's fully updated already.

How to Update Microsoft Edge on Android

Android also gives you the option of automatically updating Edge whenever an update becomes available, or manually updating with the Google Play Store. This process works the same as updating any app on Android.

Here's how to manually update Microsoft Edge on Android:

Open the Google Play Store.

Search for Microsoft Edge.

Tap Update.

If you see an Open icon, there is no update available.