In this article, we will explain what Android system WebView is and if it is safe to uninstall.
What Is Android System WebView?
Android System WebView is a system component on Android devices that allows apps to display web content within the apps themselves, rather than opening a separate web browser. It acts as a web rendering engine, enabling apps to render web pages, HTML content, and other web-based features.
Since Android System WebView is an app, and you can see it in your app list, you can interact with it the same way you would with other apps. You can disable it, force it to stop, clear its storage and cache, and see how much data it has used. It’s also updated through Google Play just like other apps.
How Does Android System WebView Work?
The benefit of WebView over the other options is that it essentially gives the developer the tools to have a pared-down version of Chromium right in their app, for a visually-integrated and seamless experience. The downside is that it doesn’t have all the features of a real browser like Chrome, and it doesn’t share things like login data and cookies for websites that you’ve previously visited in Chrome.
WebView is commonly used to display web pages inside apps, like privacy policies, log-in pages, and web-based apps. WebView allows the app to display this content without a browser, so the user experience is more seamless.
In social media apps like Facebook, WebView allows you to click links within the app and open the linked website without opening a separate browser like Chrome. The link opens directly in the original app, which makes it easier to get back to what you were doing in the app when you’re ready.
In most cases, the app you download from Google Play will essentially just be a wrapper that uses WebView to access a web-based app. In that case, the app won’t work at all if WebView is disabled.
Is Android System WebView Safe to Uninstall?
Android System WebView is a system app, which means you can’t uninstall it. You can uninstall updates through Google Play, but Android won’t actually let you remove the app itself. You can force it to stop if you suspect it’s malfunctioning, and you can also disable it, but doing so will cause issues with other apps if you’re using Android 10 or newer.
While you can’t uninstall WebView itself, you can uninstall updates to the app. This can create security holes though, so only uninstall WebView updates if you have a good reason.
Here’s how to uninstall Android System WebView updates:
1.Open Google Play, and tap your profile picture next to the search box.
2. Tap Manage apps & devices.
3. Click on Manage.
4. Find and tap Android System WebView.
5. Tap Uninstall.
How to Disable Android System WebView
You can disable Android System WebView without causing any problems if you have Android 7, 8, or 9. These versions of Android have WebView functionality built directly into Chrome, so the WebView app isn’t as important. If you have Android 10 or newer, then you shouldn’t disable WebView unless you have a good reason.
Here’s how to disable Android System WebView:
1.Open Settings, and tap Apps or Application.
2. Tap More or See all apps
Note: Depending on your version of Android, you may need to type Show system now.
3. Tap Android System WebView.
4. Click on Disable.
I hope this clarifies what Android System WebView is and provides guidance on whether to uninstall it.