How to Continue on PC With Default Browser

Windows 10’s Continue on PC feature is all about convenience. The ability to switch from mobile to PC instantly without messing around with bookmarks and such is pretty neat.

But there’s one caveat. Any links that you send through your iOS or Android mobile device opens only on Microsoft Edge. And it stays that way no matter what your default browser is.

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If you thought that happens due to Continue on PC being some sort of an integral feature of Microsoft Edge, then don't be fooled. In fact, it's just another one of Microsoft’s pathetic attempts to force Edge down our throats. Not cool!

Fortunately, there’s a workaround to bypass this restriction. If you don’t want to deal with two separate browsers — which is just stupid — then let’s see how you can open Continue on PC links in your default web browser instead.

Install EdgeDeflector

EdgeDeflector is an open source utility on GitHub that does a terrific job at intercepting the hard-coded URL protocol directing Continue on PC links to Microsoft Edge. Not only that, but it also diverts the links to your default web browser, be it Chrome, Firefox, or whatever. And all of this happens seamlessly with no delays whatsoever.

Start off by downloading the EdgeDeflector executable file from GitHub. It's just around 50KB in size, but make sure to grab the latest version that's available.

After downloading, run the file to begin installing EdgeDeflector.

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During the installation procedure, you should be asked to select a default app to handle URL links. Select EdgeDeflector and then click OK.

Note: Make sure to have the box next to Always Use This App checked.
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Note: If you don’t see the option, scroll down to the 'If You Don’t Get to Select the URL Handler' section below.

Click Finish when prompted to complete installation.

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Now you're all set to go. Just as before, use the Continue on PC option when browsing on your Android or iOS mobile device to share the web page to PC.

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And voila! You should see it opening up in your default browser on PC immediately.

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Note: Whenever you switch default browsers, you don’t need to perform any manual configurations to EdgeDeflector — it’s smart enough to pick up your preferences on its own.

If You Don’t Get to Select the URL Handler

Rarely, you may not see the option to select EdgeDeflector as the URL handler during installation. However, it’s nothing to worry about. After installing EdgeDeflector, simply go through the following steps to set things up manually.

Step 1: Open the Start menu, type apps, and then select Apps & Features.

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Step 2: Tap Default Apps on the left pane. Afterward, scroll down the right side of the window and click Set Defaults By App.

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Step 3: On the Set Defaults By App screen, click EdgeDeflector, and then click Manage.

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Step 4: Click Microsoft Edge next to the URL:microsoft-edge protocol. On the pop-up menu that shows up, select EdgeDeflector.

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Step 5: Exit the window to save your changes.

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That's it. You've successfully changed the hard-coded URL protocol to EdgeDeflector. Any links that you send through the Continue on PC option should now open on your default browser.

Note: Use the same procedure to switch back to opening Continue on PC links in Microsoft Edge should you have a change of mind in the future.

Bonus Tip: Cortana With EdgeDeflector

If you stopped using Cortana just because she uses Microsoft Edge to open up your web searches, then it’s time to start using her again since EdgeDeflector takes care of that issue as well. Talk about taking down two birds with a single stone!

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Search Cortana for something and select a web result, and she should launch your query directly in your default browser. Of course, she still brings up results generated via Bing, but the convenience of opening them in Chrome or Firefox simply makes up for that.

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Note: If you've previously disabled Cortana and can't remember how to bring her back, simply right-click the taskbar, point to Cortana, and then select either Show Cortana Icon or Show Search Box.

Take Control

Thanks to EdgeDeflector, you can now start using Continue on PC the way that you — and not Microsoft — wants. And the whole deal with Cortana only makes using this nifty tool all that much better.

However, do keep in mind that future Windows 10 updates may revert the default URL protocol to Microsoft Edge, in which case you need to go through the above procedure again. 

Also, it won't hurt to update EdgeDeflector with newer versions once every while.

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Dilum Senevirathne has written about tech and finance for over five years. When he isn’t messing around with the latest iOS apps, you can catch him tweaking a collection of IoT gadgets. Dilum is a management accounting student and a prospective charterholder.