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What is Android System Webview? Everything you need to know

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Much like any other operating system, Android is also built up of several components that form its core. These components handle different things for the OS, including rendering, previews, security and anything else the OS might need to do. 

In this article, we’re looking at the Android System Webview, what it does, how to disable it and whether or not you should keep it enabled on your device?

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What is Android System Webview?

The System Webview is a rather commonly used Android component that lets apps display web content inside them instead of switching to a dedicated web browser. Simply put, it’s a web browser engine dedicated to showing web content inside apps. 

Of course, since it’s Android we’re talking about, the engine is powered by Chrome. It is typically pre-installed on just about every Android device meaning developers can safely use it in their apps to display web content without worrying about compatibility issues.

Should you disable it?

Technically speaking, you can disable Android System Webview if you want to; however, that’s only going to cause problems with several apps you might have on your phone. If you think you don’t need the Webview to use your phone without problems, you’re dead wrong.

Starting from Android 10, Android separated System Webview from the core OS; however, that doesn’t mean that it still isn’t essential. If you’re on an older Android device, versions 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 to be specific, you can disable Webview without serious consequences as on these versions, Chrome is the main driving force behind WebView tasks. 

Android System Webview isn’t any malware, spyware or bloatware; it’s just an important component of the Andriod OS. However, because of this importance, if there’s a bug in Webview, it’ll impact any apps that are using it as well. 

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How to disable Android System Webview?

However, should you want to disable Webview anyways, follow these steps.

  • Head over to your phone settings and tap Apps.
  • Tap Show all Apps.
  • Find Android System Webview in the list and tap to proceed.
  • Tap the Disable button.

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How to fix Android System Webview crashes?

If Webview is causing crashes on your device, try following these steps to see if you can solve the problem.

Update Webview manually

In most cases, such a crucial component will be patched quickly. Check to see if you have any pending updates. 

How to fix 'Android System WebView Won't Update' error?
  • Head over to the Play Store and search for Android System WebView.
  • Open the app page tap on the Uninstall button. 
  • Once the uninstall is finished, tap the Update button to get the app up to date again.

Clear out the Webview cache

Clearing out the Webview cache can also help avoid a few problems. 

How to fix 'Android System WebView Won't Update' error?
  • Head over to the settings and tap on Apps & notifications.
  • Tap on View all apps.
  • Find Android System WebView in the list and tap it to proceed.
How to fix 'Android System WebView Won't Update' error?
  • Tap on Storage.
  • Tap the Clear cache and Clear data buttons to clear the cache and any other stored data.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: