You’ve undoubtedly seen the “Android System WebView” app in your app update list, but you’re probably not sure what it is or whether or not you should uninstall it. It may not seem important, but Android System WebView is something you want to keep on your device.
Some versions of Android, especially some versions after Nougat, do not list the app separately. However, it is still integrated, even on these versions.
What is Android System WebView?
Android System WebView is a smaller version of Chrome that lets you open links in the app you’re using so you don’t have to exit the app.
This means that when you click on a link in an application, WebView opens as if it were the browser embedded in the application.
One thing to keep in mind is that not every application will support it; this is why the links of some applications open in Chrome (or another browser) and not from the application.
Can I uninstall the Android WebView system?
You cannot completely get rid of Android System Webview. You can only uninstall updates, not the app itself. This is a system app, which means it cannot be deleted. It’s also not bloatware, which you can often remove without rooting your device. All you can do is turn it off. If you don’t see the app in your app list, you might be using a version of Android that has WebView integrated with Chrome.
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 later it is safe to turn it off, but if you are using older versions it is best to leave it as it is, as this can prevent apps that depend on it from working properly. If Chrome is disabled and you are using a different browser, it is beneficial to keep the Android System WebView app as you will not have Chrome’s WebView functionality.
If you are really worried, turn it off. If you don’t notice any issues with the apps you are using, you are fine. Keep in mind that occasionally Android system updates can re-enable and update system apps like WebView. You can easily turn it off again if this happens.
If you don’t know what an app is for, it’s best to investigate, as you might end up removing an app that’s required for your phone to work properly.
On the other hand, it’s also a good idea to check your list of installed apps every now and then to make sure nothing suspicious has been added without your permission. In this case, WebView is not a matter of concern.
In the meantime, you might want to find out how to use Google Assistant in Chrome for Android.
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