What is Android System Webview? All You Need to Know.

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16 May 2020

Android has come a long way as an operating system and also as an ecosystem in the past few years. From a couple of hundred devices a decade ago to over one billion devices now, the journey of Android has been nothing but crazy.

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Over the years, Android has constantly evolved and matured in a gradual way. Google has really put a lot of time, money, and research into making Android a better home for all the smartphones out there. One of the features that were introduced into Android in the past few years is the Android System Webview.

What is Android System Webview?

Android System Webview is a core system component in the Android Operating system which allows the Android apps to natively show the webpages inside the app without having the open the browser separately.

There are two ways by which the users consume web content on Android: 1. Via the traditional browsers apps that we download from the Google Play Store and 2. Through an Android app that incorporates Android System Webview in it.

How is Android System Webview Served?

Android System WebView was initially one of the core components of the operating system and that means that the component would only be updated with the release of a new version of Android. Starting with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google decided to separate WebView from the core operating system and decided to ship it as a separate app. This way WebView can be distributed through the Google Play app store and can be updated whenever needed without having to wait for a new Android version release. This is good news for the users whose Android devices run newer versions of the operating system.  If a bug is found in the WebView component, Google can push out a fix right away and the users can get it at the Google Play store and install the same.

What is the use of Android System Webview?

If you have been carefully reading so far, you would have already got the question: Why do we need Android System Webview, if the same content can also be served via a web browser app on Android? That’s a good question.

The reason is that the Android System WebView not only provides the app with an embedded browser to serve web content but it also allows the developer’s app to interact with web pages and other web apps.

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Refer to the above picture. We opened a webpage in twitter and with the help of the Webview, the user can directly tweet that particular webpage to their twitter account. This is one of the many use-cases for Android System Webview.

Do you need Android System Webview?

Yes. You do need the Android System Webview on your Android device in case if you want to enjoy all the apps to their full efficiency. As mentioned in the earlier section, the Android System Webview does a lot more than just letting you view the webpages from inside an Android app. It enables the Android app to interact effectively with that web content.

Fix Android System Webview has Stopped Error

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Fix 1:

In Phone Settings > go to Apps & Notifications > App Info. Hit the 3-dot menu in the upper right corner and choose “Show System“. Scroll down until you find the “Android System Webview” app and select it. Is it disabled?

If it is disabled, choose the Storage option, then tap on Clear Data. Once the data for the app is cleared, reboot your device once. This might clear up the issue.

If it is not disabled, you most likely enabled it in the Developer options on your device while you are tinkering around. In this case, go to Settings > Developer Options > Webview Implementation. Change it back to “Chrome“.

Fix 2: 

Go to Settings > Developer Options > Disable Multiprocess Webview.

Fix 3: 

Go to Google Play Store > Search for ‘Android System Webview’ and see if an update is available. If yes, update the app and see if helps resolve the issue.

How to Disable Android System Webview?

If you are running Android Android Nougat and above, you most like do not need Android System Webview as it will be handled by default. If you want to disable Android System Webview: go to Settings > Developer Options > Webview Implementation. Change it back to “Chrome“.

Android System Webview Download

If you are looking for the latest version of Android System Webview, you can download the same by clicking below:

And, that is everything we can share about Android System Webview.

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