Dark mode support, Tracking Prevention added to Microsoft Edge beta on iOS

Dark mode support, Tracking Prevention added to Microsoft Edge beta on iOS
If you use the Microsoft Edge beta on your iOS device, an update has been pushed out that takes the app to version 44.9.0. You can download the update from the Test Flight app found in the App Store. Once that has been done, the browser will sync with the native Dark mode option available on iOS 13. Perhaps more importantly, the update adds Tracking Prevention which stops online advertisers and analytical firms from following your location through the Edge browser app.

Spotted by MSPoweruser, the update adds more options to the list of available search engines that can be used with the browser app. It also includes general bug fixes and performance improvements. With the iOS version of Microsoft Edge, you can browse the internet using your voice. You can also visit a website on your phone and continue where you left off on your PC using the Continue on PC feature. There is an InPrivate mode that prevents Edge on your desktop from saving your history, internet files and cookies collected by the mobile Edge app. Hub View makes it easy for you to find and manage your favorite online content, and the app is equipped with a built-in QR code reader.


The version of Microsoft Edge in the App Store is 44.8.7 while as we already pointed out, the beta version in the Test Flight app is running 44.9.0. This means that it shouldn't take too long for the native Dark mode support, the Tracking Prevention and the updated search engine list to be added to the stable version of the Edge browser found in the App Store.

If you own an Android phone, you don't have to feel left out. There is a Microsoft Edge app in the Google Play Store and last month an update arrived that allows Android users to sync the app's Dark theme with the system-wide setting on Android 10, or leave it on Light or Dark mode. On Android though, only the top and bottom borders, including the address bar on the top and the navigation bar on the bottom, are inverted. Most websites appear in their original color.

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4 Comments

1. Vokilam

Posts: 1287; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Why is it that when iOS added system wide Darkmode that devs started to add the feature to their apps? Why couldn’t they do it before apple implemented it?

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Microsoft has had dark mode natively since Windows Phone 7 and that was 2010. Since Windows ad a peak share of 5% worldwide, very few people knew this. I've had dark mode on my Microsoft apps on Android and iOS for some time now, it's not new. What IS new is that Google and Apple have finally embraced it in the last year or so. The "smaller" players have done all the innovating. Palm created gestures and wireless charging in 2009 with webOS. Tap to share came in 2012 with the Pre3 and Touchpad. Even BlackBerry OS10 had dark mode and gestures in 2013.

8. Vokilam

Posts: 1287; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I should be fair and say that I never used Microsoft software on my phone - I’m going off the article. And yes I did have an app or two that have dark mode option. But based on very recent events - seems like it’s literally just now that most apps are taking notice. I had android for a while and apart from OS being natively dark before “material design” their party apps didn’t give any options nor cared to implant those even though amoled screens could have benefited from darker/black backgrounds years ago for many apps - but to no avail.

2. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 158; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

As usual microsoft supporting the other OS"S and abandoning their loyal supporters no wonder I will never buy a microsoft product so long as theres no windows phone shame on them just goes to show that they don't care.

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