How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge Chromium (Windows and Mac)

Microsoft Edge Chromium could be far superior to its predecessor with better performance and wider cross-platform availability. However, you cannot ignore the fact that there are other Chromium-based browsers that are way ahead in terms of polish and functionality. After trying it, you may wonder how to completely remove Microsoft Edge Chromium from your PC or Mac.

If you don’t like Microsoft Edge Chromium, prefer an alternative web browser, or want to revert to the old version of Microsoft Edge, get rid of it. A complete uninstall will also help you fix serious browser-related issues. So, let’s check out how you can do this.

But first, it’s worth taking a look at your browsing data—especially passwords and bookmarks—and what you need to do to back it up. If this is irrelevant in your case, feel free to move on to the actual removal below.

Backing Up Your Browsing Data

Signed in with a Microsoft Account? If so, your data is securely stored in the cloud. If you want to reinstall Microsoft Edge Chromium later, you will get all this data when you sign in again.

However, before you go ahead and uninstall the web browser, it’s worth going to Edge Settings > Profiles > Sync to verify that the types of browsing data you want to keep safe are actually set to sync with your Microsoft Account.

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In cases where you don’t have a Microsoft Account, by default your browsing data will remain intact during the uninstall process. Regardless, setting the browser to sync to the cloud is a much better way to protect your data.

Alternatively, you can choose to export your data – at least your bookmarks and passwords – for storage. This is ideal if you have no intention of creating a Microsoft Account or plan to switch to another browser soon.

For bookmarks, go to Edge menu > Favorites > Manage Favorites, then click Export Favorites to generate an HTML file. It’s pretty easy to import them into any browser later on. Open the browser’s import tool (usually found in browser settings) and then select the HTML file.

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To export your passwords, go to Edge Settings > Profiles > Passwords to generate a CSV file. But transferring passwords to another browser is quite difficult. For example, Chrome will only allow you to import passwords after enabling the Password Import experimental flag.

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Regardless, having a CSV backup will come in handy. You can always choose to turn it on and manually view your password list.

Note: At the time of writing, browsers like Chrome and Firefox did not offer any way to import browsing data directly from the Chromium version of Edge.

Uninstall Microsoft Edge Chromium — Windows 10

Uninstalling Microsoft Edge Chromium from Windows 10 is pretty easy. You can uninstall it like any other program on your PC. Uninstalling the browser will also bring back the old version of Edge. However, don’t expect any of your browsing data to be available in the old browser.

Stage 1: Open the start menu, type apps and featuresand then click Open.

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Step 2: Scroll down the Apps and Features list, select Microsoft Edge, then click Uninstall. Click Uninstall again in the confirmation popup.

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Stage 3: ‘Delete your browsing data too?’ Check the box next to the option. if you plan to uninstall the browser completely and don’t want any browsing data to be left behind. Again, click Uninstall.

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And that’s it. You’re done. If you’ve decided to keep your browsing data locally but later change your mind, start by going to the following location:

C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Microsoft

Copy and paste the above file path into the address bar of a File Explorer window. Just make sure to change [username] with your Windows 10 username. Press Enter to visit the location.

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Finally, right-click on the folder labeled Edge and then click on Delete to get rid of the remnants of Microsoft Edge Chromium. If your data isn’t synced with a Microsoft Account or you haven’t manually exported your bookmarks or passwords, you’ll lose them permanently.

Uninstall Microsoft Edge Chromium — macOS

Removing Microsoft Edge Chromium from your Mac doesn’t take much effort. Throw the program in the trash as you uninstall other programs. But you may want to manually deal with a few leftover files and folders later on.

Stage 1: Open Finder and then click Applications.

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Step 2: Locate Microsoft Edge, right-click the icon, and then click Move to Trash.

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Stage 3: Enter your macOS profile password, then click OK.

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This should remove Microsoft Edge Chromium from your Mac. However, there will be files and folders left on your Mac that contain your browsing data and preferences.

If you want to delete them as well, open Finder, click Go on the menu bar, then Go to Folder. Next, type ~/Library and click Go.

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Once the Library folder appears on the screen, carefully delete the four folders and the PLIST file located in the following locations:

  • Library/Application Support/Microsoft Edge
  • Library/Caches/Microsoft Edge
  • Library/Saved Application State/com.microsoft.edgemac.savedState
  • Library/WebKit/com.microsoft.edgemac
  • Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.edgemac.plist

To delete a folder or file, right-click the item, and then click Move to Trash. Note that you will permanently lose your browsing data unless you synced with a Microsoft Account or manually exported.

Smooth and Borderless

As you can see, removing Microsoft Edge Chromium from your PC or Mac is not the most difficult thing to do. If you’re trying to remove it completely, remember to sync or export your browsing data and you should be fine.

So, did everything go smoothly? And why did you decide to uninstall Microsoft Edge Chromium? Leave a comment and let us know.

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