What Is Android System Webview and Should You Uninstall It?

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, especially if your device is running on an Android version less than Nougat.

If you’re using an Android device that runs on Android Nougat or higher, then you won’t see the app itself. With Nougat, Google moved this useful tool elsewhere, but it’s still a part of Android.

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.

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This means that when you click on a link in an app, it will open Android System 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.

Can I Uninstall Android System Webview?

If you want to get rid of Android System 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.

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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 Android System Webview app.

Conclusion

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. What are your thoughts on the Android System Webview?

One comment

  1. I have android version 8.0.0 but I can’t get web view to work on my phone as it is disabled, and has been after I reformatted the phone several time to try and get it to work. It is enabled when I reformat the phone without the sims card in it then as soon as I load the sims card it disables on its own. So what goes on there?

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