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How to Use Multiple User Profiles in Microsoft Edge

New Microsoft Edge Logo

Using a web browser means building up a profile with your own settings and bookmarks. You can create multiple user profiles in the new Microsoft Edge browser, letting you share it with other users or separate work and play.

Thanks to the new Chromium engine, using a new user profile in Microsoft Edge is as simple as using user profiles in other browsers like Google Chrome. To start, you’ll need to install the new Microsoft Edge.

Creating Multiple User Profiles in Microsoft Edge

When you install the new Edge browser, your user profile will default to a standard profile called “Profile 1” with no personalization. Signing in to your Microsoft account will link this profile to your account, allowing you to share bookmarks and settings across devices.

If you want to add a second profile to Microsoft Edge, click the user profile icon in the top-right corner of the Edge browser. This icon is placed between the Favorites icon and the hamburger menu icon.

When pressed, click the “Add a Profile” button.

To add a second user profile in Microsoft Edge, click the top-right profile icon, then click Add a Profile

In the “Add a Profile” menu that appears, click the “Add” button.

In the Add Profile menu in Microsoft Edge, click the Add button

This will create a second, blank user profile named “Profile 2” in Microsoft Edge. A new Edge browser window will open automatically using this new profile.

You can then sign in to a Microsoft account to personalize it, or you can maintain it as a local profile. If you want to sign in to your Microsoft account, select the user profile icon in the top-right corner and then click “Sign In” to begin the process.

To sign your Microsoft Edge profile into a Microsoft Account, press the profile icon in the top-right, then click Sign In

If you’re on Windows 10, you can select the same Microsoft account as your Windows 10 user account. Otherwise, you’ll need to click “Microsoft Account” or “Work or School Account” to sign in.

Choose your Edge sign in options to link your Edge profile to a Microsoft account

Press the “Continue” button to proceed. Edge will ask whether you want to sync your new profile to allow you to use the same extensions and settings, as well as share browser history and bookmarks, across multiple devices.

Click “Sync” to allow this or “No, Thanks” to refuse permission.

Press Sync to sync your Edge profile information with your other devices

You can begin using your new user profile at this point, adding bookmarks and installing new Edge extensions.

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When you sign in to Microsoft Edge on other devices, your profile settings and extensions should sync across.

Switching Between User Profiles in Microsoft Edge

It can sometimes be beneficial to switch between user profiles, especially if you’re using them for different purposes like work and play. Thankfully, it’s simple to switch between different user profiles in Microsoft Edge.

In the Edge browser window, select the user profile icon in the top-right corner, located between the Favorites and hamburger settings menu icons. This will bring up a list of your existing user profiles.

Click another user profile to switch to it, which will open a new browser window in the process.

To switch between browser profiles in Microsoft Edge, click the user profile icon in the top-right, then select your profile from the list provided

You can also click “Browse As Guest” to switch to a temporary guest profile. This would be, as the name suggests, a good option for guest users.

Once you close a guest profile window, any settings or browser history will be erased.

Managing Microsoft Edge User Profiles

If you want to edit or delete your user profiles in Microsoft Edge, click the user profile icon in the top-right corner and then select the “Manage Profile Settings” option.

To manage your Edge profile settings, click the user profile icon in the top-right, then click Manage Profile Settings

This will bring up the settings for your user profile. Click the “Manage” button under “More Profiles” to switch to another profile.

Click Manage to manage an Edge profile

To rename or delete a user profile, click the horizontal settings button next to the “Sign Out” option (or next to “Sign In” if you’re using a local profile rather than a Microsoft account profile).

Click the horizontal menu icon to remove or edit a profile in Microsoft Edge

Click “Edit” to rename your profile and assign a new profile icon to it from the pre-selected list, clicking “Update” to save your settings.

Provide a new name and icon for a user profile in Microsoft Edge, then press Update to update your settings

Click “Remove” to permanently delete your profile instead. Confirm the action by clicking the “Remove Profile” button.

Click Remove Profile to remove a user profile in Microsoft Edge

This will remove the profile from Microsoft Edge. If you’re using a Microsoft account, your settings will remain synced to that account and can be used elsewhere.

If you delete a local user profile, you won’t be able to recover your settings or bookmarks.

Ben Stockton Ben Stockton
Ben Stockton is a freelance tech writer from the United Kingdom. In a past life, he was a UK college lecturer, training teens and adults. Since leaving the classroom, he's been a tech writer, writing how-to articles and tutorials for MakeUseOf, MakeTechEasier, and Cloudwards.net. He has a degree in History and a postgraduate qualification in Computing.
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