You may have come across an app called Android System WebView on your smartphone. It’s a piece of software that enables other apps on your Android device to display web content, without having to open a dedicated web browser. You must have accessed web pages inside your in-built apps. While surfing when you click on that link in Instagram, it directs you to a web page within the app.
The access to the web pages is similar to what we get on Chrome. Android System Webview is the app that makes it possible but we rarely know how it happens.
What Is Android System WebView?
Android System WebView is a smaller version of Chrome that allows you to open links within the app you’re using so you won’t have to leave the app.
This means that when you click on a link in an app, it will open WebView as if it is the browser built into the app.
One thing to keep in mind is that not every app may support it; this is why links from some apps open on Chrome and not from within the app.
Do I Need Android System WebView?
The discussion on the question “What is Android System WebView?” leads us to our next query: “do I need WebView?”.
If you are a regular Android user, you must have figured out by now that the OS decides this for you.
If you have Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or below, it is best to leave WebView on (for best performance).
If your smartphone is an Android 7.0 (Nougat) or above, then you should not enable it, as Chrome handles all of WebView’s responsibilities instead.
For Android 7.0+ developers who want to provide their applications with the ability to open and interact with web content inside the applications themselves, WebView is a critical part of their projects.
First, the WebView library is enabled and an instance of the WebView class is created.
Then, the web permissions and WebView code are added to the Android Declaration file. This allows launching web pages inside apps.
These actions will ensure the integration of browser capabilities into the software you create. They will allow the rendering of web pages and JS code.
Note that it is only advisable to install WebView manually (in case your device does not come equipped with it by default) if you have a device that was released in 2015 or later, with Android 5.0 and higher.
Otherwise, you may risk falling victim to hackers who use the tiniest flaws in code to gain access to your device memory.
How to Enable Android System Webview?
Let’s find out how to enable Webview because this can hamper the performance of the apps. This is an option available only to the Android version 6.0 and below.
After these versions, developments were made, and Chrome was enhanced to be used to open web pages in apps as well.
But for the Android devices which work on this, will need the Android System Webview. Apps can malfunction without it simply or refuse to open the web pages.
Being a contribution to the operating system, Android System Webview can’t be uninstalled. However, you can disable webview on your device.
Although it is not recommended to disable the app for Android versions of Marshmallow and lower.
If you are using Android Nougat or any versions above it, disabling Webview is fine. As Google Chrome has taken up the task of rendering it for entire device.
To make the process more efficient for your device, Chrome works for all the web pages opened up on it.
Open Play Store on your device, search for Android System Webview and click on it.
Now you can see the option of Disable, press it, the app is now disabled. Many versions will show Android System Webview as disabled on default as its best for the device.
By disabling the app, you can save up battery and the background running apps can perform faster.
Can I Uninstall Android System Webview?
If you want to get rid of Webview, you can only uninstall the updates and not the app itself.
This can be done if your Android device is not running on Nougat or higher. With Nougat, Google got rid of it as a standalone app and instead uses Chrome itself as a Webview app.
If you have Nougat and still have the app, the Android System Webview is running on Chrome and not on the app.
If the app is not already disabled, it’s safe to do it yourself.
If you still have it and want to uninstall it, go to Google Play -> Tap on the hamburger icon -> My Apps & Games -> Installed tab. The app should be near the top. Tap on it and select the uninstall button.
If you are using Android Nougat or above, then it’s safe to disable it, but if you are using inferior versions, its best to leave it as is.
If Chrome is disabled, it may be because you’re using another browser. At that point it’s best that you keep the Webview app.
Just because you may not know what an app is for, it doesn’t generally mean that it doesn’t do anything useful.
If you don’t know what an app does, it’s best to investigate since you could end up removing an app that is only there to give you the best possible performance.
Webview is a must-have app, and there is no need to enable it since it will start up automatically.
Frequently Asked Questions
QUES: What is Amazon WebView?
ANS: AWV is a transparent replacement for the standard Android WebView class. AWV is supported for Amazon Fire TV and 3rd generation and later Fire tablets.
QUES: Is Android System Webview Necessary?
ANS: Yes, Android System Webview forms part of the important applications for your phone. It comes pre-installed with your device for a reason.
However, it’s purpose is only to allow you to open web content without having to exit your current application then launching your stock or third-party web browser.
For us, it is a neat and convenient application that is worthy of all the praise that it receives.
QUES: What’s Android System Webview?
ANS: Android System Webview is a component developed by Google Chrome that enables apps to display web content without needing to launch your web browser.