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What Is Android System Webview and Can you Uninstall it

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Written by Hassan Abbas

You guys have 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 can uninstall it or not. It may not seem like a big deal, but the Android System Webview is something that you want to keep on your device. Especially if your device is running on an Android version that is less than Nougat. In this article, we are going to talk about What Is Android System Webview and Can you Uninstall it. Let’s begin!

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

What Is Android System Webview?

Android System is actually a smaller version of Chrome. That allows you to open links within the app that you’re using so you won’t have to leave the app.

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This means that whenever you click on a link in an app, then 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 application may support it. This is why links from many apps open on Chrome and not from within the application.

Can I Uninstall Android System Webview?

If you want to get rid of Android System Webview, then you can only uninstall the updates and not the app itself. You can do that if your Android device is not running on Nougat or higher. Along with Nougat, Google got rid of it as a standalone app and rather uses Chrome itself as a Webview app.

If you have Nougat and still have the app, then the Android System Webview is running on Chrome and not on the app. If the app is not already disabled, then it’s safe to do it yourself. And If you still have it and want to uninstall it. Then go to Google Play -> Tap on the hamburger icon -> My Apps & Games -> Installed tab. The application should near the top. Tap on it and then choose the uninstall button.

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If you are using Android Nougat or above, then it is safe to turn it off. However, if you are using inferior versions, its best to leave it as is. If Chrome is disabled, then it may be because you’re using another browser. At that point, it’s best that you should keep the Android System 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 actually. If you don’t know what an app does, then it’s best to investigate since you could end up removing an app that is only there to give you the best possible performance.


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Also See: How to Transfer Photos from Android to Mac

About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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