You’ve undoubtedly seen the “Android System WebView” app in the update list for your apps, but you’re probably not too sure what it is or if you should uninstall it or not. It may not seem like a big deal, but the Android System WebView is something you want to keep on your device.
Some versions of Android, specifically certain versions after Nougat, don’t actually list the app separately. However, it’s still built in, even on these versions.
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 every app may not support it; this is why links from some apps open in Chrome (or another browser) and not from within the app.
Can I Uninstall Android System WebView?
You can’t get rid of Android System Webview totally. You can only uninstall the updates and not the app itself. This is a system app, meaning it can’t be removed. It’s not bloatware, either, which you can often remove without rooting your device. All you’ll be able to do is disable it. If you don’t see the app in your app list, you may be running a version of Android where WebView is built in to Chrome instead.
If you still have it and want to uninstall it, go to “Settings -> Application Manager -> App Info -> Android System WebView.” 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 older versions, its best to leave it as is, since it may cause apps depending on it not to function correctly. If you have Chrome disabled and are using another browser, it’s beneficial to keep the Android System WebView app since you won’t have Chrome’s WebView functionality.
If you’re really concerned, disable it. If you don’t notice any issues with the apps you use, then you’re fine. Keep in mind that occasionally, Android system updates may re-enable and update system apps like WebView. You can easily disable it again if this happens.
If you don’t know what an app does, it’s best to investigate since you could end up removing an app that is required for your phone to function properly.
On the other hand, it’s also a good idea to look over your installed app list from time to time to ensure nothing suspicious has been added without your permission. In this case, WebView isn’t something to worry about.
Meanwhile, you might want to check out how you can use Google Assistant in Chrome for Android.