How to install Progressive Web Apps using Microsoft Edge on Android

Progressive Web Apps or PWA are the newest application platform in the industry. They work as a website in an application shell with access to all the native features of a particular platform. The best part about the concept of Progressive Web Apps is the fact that it is cross-platform. This means that it is available on a variety of platforms. Microsoft already supports it on Windows 10. ChromeOS, Android, MacOS, and others also support Progressive Web Apps. Talking about Android, there are various methods by which Progressive Web Apps can be installed on an Android device – and we will be learning about one way, by which, a user can install Progressive Web Apps on an Android device using Microsoft Edge web browser for Android.

Install Progressive Web Apps using Edge on Android


Install Progressive Web Apps using Edge on Android

For this method to work, you need to fulfill a few prerequisites. They are-

  1. You need to have the latest version of Microsoft Edge for your Android device. You can get the latest version from the Play Store here.
  2. An Android device which is running Android Nougat 7.1 or newer.

Next, you need to know which website works on the principle of Progressive Web Apps or PWA. Here are some Progressive Web Apps that are available right now.

Once you have decided which website you wish to use as a Progressive Web App, navigate to that address using the Microsoft Edge web browser on your Android device.

Then on the bottom right corner, tap on the menu button denoted by three horizontal dots.

From the menu pop up that you get, select Add to home screen.

It will add an icon for the Progressive Web App on your launcher’s dock.

You can tap it on it anytime to launch the fully functional Progressive Web App.

If you set Microsoft Edge as your default browser on your Android device, it will launch on Edge; otherwise, it will launch on the other browser that is set as the default browser, which would most probably be Google Chrome on an Android device.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.

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