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How to enable tracking prevention feature in Microsoft Edge

The new version of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium has a new tracking protection feature, and in this guide, you'll learn the steps to enable and configure the level of protection that's right for you.

Enable tracking prevention on Microsoft Edge Chromium (beta)

As part of the Chromium version of Edge, Microsoft is focusing on improving privacy to block web trackers from collecting data about you.

Starting with this new version, Microsoft Edge is introducing new “Tracking prevention” settings, which allows to choose among three different levels of privacy, including unrestricted, balanced, and strict to prevent malicious and advertisement companies from collecting your activities and other valuable information.

While all the levels offer features to block malicious trackers, the level of advertisement tracking will be different depending on the privacy level that you select.

Tracking prevention is still under development, but you can enable it manually through a flag option in the advanced settings.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to enable and configure the tracking prevention feature in Microsoft Edge for Windows 10 as well as for Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and macOS.

How to enable tracking prevention feature in Chromium Edge

Use these steps to enable Microsoft Edge tracking prevention:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

  2. Type the following path in the address bar:

    edge://flags/#edge-tracking-prevention
  3. Use the drop-down menu on the right and select the Enabled option.

    Enable tracking protection Chromium Edge (beta)
    Enable tracking prevention Chromium Edge (beta)
  4. Click the Relaunch Now button.

Once you complete the steps, tracking proception for Microsoft Edge will be available through the privacy settings page.

How to set tracking prevention level in Chromium Edge

Use these steps set the tracking prevention level when using Microsoft Edge:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

  2. Click the Settings and More (three-dotted) button on the top-right corner.

  3. Select the Settings option.

  4. Click on Privacy and services.

  5. Under the “Tracking prevention” section, turn on the Use tracking prevention toggle switch (if applicable).

    Microsoft Edge Chromium Tracking protection settings (beta)
    Microsoft Edge Chromium Tracking prevention settings (beta)
  6. Select the tracking prevention level, including:

    • Basic — blocks malicious trackers but allows relevant ads.
    • Balanced (recommended) — blocks malicious trackers and some third-party trackers, but you’ll experience less relevant ads.
    • Strict — blocks the majority of online trackers, and as a result some websites may not work correctly.
  7. (Optional) Click the Exceptions button in the bottom right.

  8. Click the Add button.

    Chromium Edge tracking protection exclusion settings
    Chromium Edge tracking prevention exclusion settings
  9. Specify the website that you allow trackers when privacy prevention is enabled.

    Allow tracking for specific website on Microsoft Edge
    Allow tracking for specific website on Microsoft Edge
  10. Click the Add button.

    Quick tip: Click the three-dotted button on the right to remove, block, or edit the website.

After you complete the steps, you should be able to browse the web without worrying about malicious trackers, and you should starting seeing less targeted advertisements.