How to Add Extensions on Microsoft Edge Browser

Microsoft Edge is the latest browser that comes by default on Windows PC instead of Internet Explorer. Everyone knows the image of Internet Explorer and so Microsoft decided to come back with a new renamed browser. It has all the features that anyone can expect from a browser and most importantly it is faster. If you use Microsoft Edge then this guide is for you. Here you will know how to Install extensions on Microsoft Edge.

The Microsoft Edge browser was introduced back in 2015, but it was similar to Internet Explorer in terms of performance. Now things have changed a lot, and Microsoft Edge browser also received major tweaks. 

The main advantage of Microsoft Edge is that it is based on the Chromium browser engine same as Chrome. It means you are going to get all features and support that are available on Google Chrome.

How to Install Extensions on Microsoft Edge

We know Google Chrome is a heavy browser and eats a lot of available resources. But now Microsoft Edge is offering the same features without using heavy resources. And Microsoft Edge offers Privacy and Security. Everyone loves Google Chrome because of its wide range of extensions, themes and customization. And now we can get all these features on Microsoft Edge too.

If you are new to Microsoft Edge browser or looking for a guide to install custom extensions. Then this guide is for you. Here you will know how to get Extensions on Microsoft Edge.

How to Add Custom Extensions on Microsoft Edge

The process is similar to the Google Chrome browser. In Fact you will also get a developer mode option in case you want to test any of your extensions on your Microsoft Edge. It is quite easy and useful. You can also install custom extensions directly from Chrome Store.

As Microsoft Edge offers to sync all the items including Extensions, so if you are using your old ID, allow the sync feature to get back your Extensions. Once you have added your ID and want to add more Extensions then follow the steps given below.

Steps to Add Extensions on Microsoft Edge from Store

There are more than one ways to add extensions on Microsoft Edge. Such as installing extensions using a crx file (extension file) or installing extensions directly from the Extension store or Chrome Store. Let’s start with the common method which is installing from the Extension store.

  1. Open the latest Microsoft Edge browser on your computer.
  2. Login with your Microsoft ID if you intend to use it on a regular basis. You can also skip this step.
  3. Now click on the three dots on top right and select Extensions option.
  4. On the left pane make sure ‘Allow Extensions from other stores‘ option is enabled, if you want to install Extensions from Chrome web store.
  5. Click on ‘Get extensions for Microsoft Edge‘ and it will take you to the store (Edge Add-ons).How to Add Custom Extensions on Microsoft Edge
  6. Now you can search for any Extensions on the search bar. Let’s take Zoom for example.
  7. Once the Add-on page is opened click on the Get button.How to Install Extensions on Microsoft Edge
  8. Now click on ‘Add extension‘ in the pop-up.
  9. It will download and install the Extension on Microsoft Edge browser.
  10. Now you can access the Extension by clicking on the Extension icon.

In case you don’t find an extension on Microsoft Edge store, then you can install either from Chrome Store or using CRX file. As this is an uncommon method, so we have a step by step guide for you.

Steps to Add Extensions on Microsoft Edge Manually (CRX file)

As the latest Microsoft Edge works the same as Chrome, you can also install CRX extension files on Edge. It means if you uninstalled any extension by mistake and want to restore then you can follow this guide. Here we are going to Install IDM CRX file on Microsoft Edge as an example to explain the method. You can replace other Extensions to IDM to install other extensions with the same process.

You will need a CRX file for this which you will find on the web or from the folder where you installed that specific app. Such as if you installed IDM on default location then you can find the IDMGCExt.crx file in C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Download Manager. Let’s now get into the guide.

  1. First download or find the crx file of the extension you want to install.
  2. Update your Microsoft Edge to the latest version and open it.
  3. Click on three dots in the top right and select Extensions.
  4. Now enable ‘Developer Mode’ on the left pane.How to Add Extensions on Microsoft Edge
  5. Go to the location where the extension CRX file is located.
  6. Drag the crx file and drop in the Microsoft Edge extension page.
  7. It will ask for confirmation in the pop-up, so hit ‘Add Extension’ to proceed.How to Add Custom Extensions on Microsoft Edge
  8. Now it will install on the Edge browser and you can use it normally.

So this is an easy process to add extensions on Edge browser. As the process is similar to Chrome, you will not find it hard. I hope you find the guide helpful. And if you do, make sure to share with other Microsoft Edge users.

That’s all on the guide ‘How to Add Custom Extensions on Microsoft Edge’. And if you have any queries then let us know in the comment section.

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Ashutosh singh

Computer Science graduate and tech enthusiast. Love testing new tech gadgets ever since my first windows phone from Samsung. Working as a technical writer for more than five years, and I believe I have also developed good SEO skills. In my spare time, I like watching movies, and playing games.

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