What is Android System WebView and should you uninstall it?
You’ve no doubt seen the “Android System WebView” app on your app update list, but you’re probably not sure what it is or want to remove 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 post-Nougat versions, do not include the app separately. However, it is still integrated, even in 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 leave the app.
This means that when you click on an application link, WebView opens as if it were a browser embedded in the application.
One thing to keep in mind is that not all applications support it; as a result, links to some apps open in Chrome (or another browser) and not from the app.
Can I uninstall Android WebView?
You can’t completely get rid of the web view on your Android system. You can only uninstall updates, not the app itself. This is a system application, so it cannot be removed. It is 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 may be using the Android version instead of WebView integrated into Chrome.
If you still have it and want to delete it, go to “Settings -> Application Manager -> Application Details -> Android WebView”. The application should be close to the top. Tap it and select the delete button.
If you’re using Android Nougat or later, it’s safe to disable it, but if you’re using older versions, it’s best to leave it as it is, as it can prevent apps that depend on it from working properly. If Chrome is disabled and you’re using a different browser, it’s a good idea to keep the Android System WebView app, because you don’t have Chrome’s WebView feature.
If you’re really worried, turn it off. If you don’t notice problems with the applications you’re using, you’re fine. Keep in mind that sometimes Android system updates can re-enable and update system applications such as WebView. You can easily turn it off again if this happens.
If you don’t know what the app is for, it’s best to look into it, as you may end up removing the app needed for your phone to work properly.
On the other hand, it is also a good idea to check the list of installed applications from time to time to ensure that nothing suspicious has been added without your permission. In this case, WebView is not a concern.
In the meantime, you may want to learn how to use Google Assistant in the Chrome version of Android.