1. JCHAOS's Avatar
    This is a system app but it is disabled and for the life of me I can't seem to enable it. Through the apps on the phone or through the play store. I have even gone so far as to reset the device, but no good. Seems it is an important app, but why is it disabled? What else can I try?
    08-31-2016 08:53 AM
  2. srkmagnus's Avatar
    This is a system app but it is disabled and for the life of me I can't seem to enable it. Through the apps on the phone or through the play store. I have even gone so far as to reset the device, but no good. Seems it is an important app, but why is it disabled? What else can I try?
    Are you sure it's disabled? Perhaps it's enabled but the option to disable is not available. From what I gather, it's a system level app/service that allows webview to be used in certain instances throughout the device. For example, when you open up an app for the first time and are presented with an end user agreement to use that app/service.
    08-31-2016 09:08 AM
  3. JCHAOS's Avatar
    Oh no, it is disabled, says so next to the app after selecting show system apps. The enable button is grayed out. can't do anything. Even in play store it shows disabled, but clicking on enable does nothing. Another factory reset in order? I hate doing that.
    08-31-2016 09:15 AM
  4. sectime's Avatar
    Oh no, it is disabled, says so next to the app after selecting show system apps. The enable button is grayed out. can't do anything. Even in play store it shows disabled, but clicking on enable does nothing. Another factory reset in order? I hate doing that.
    Just checked mine is disabled with enable grayed out. I'm on 7.0 no clue what this means.
    08-31-2016 10:05 AM
  5. JCHAOS's Avatar
    phew !!! Thought it was just me. I guess I'm gonna just press on then and restore my rig to before I factory reset to try to fix this.

    What is strange though is that I updated this app (as prompted) in the app store before the reset, but it apparently didn't take. Device version is still 51.0.2704.90, but update version on play store is 52.0.2743.98.
    08-31-2016 10:15 AM
  6. still1's Avatar
    This is a system app but it is disabled and for the life of me I can't seem to enable it. Through the apps on the phone or through the play store. I have even gone so far as to reset the device, but no good. Seems it is an important app, but why is it disabled? What else can I try?
    Are you sure it's disabled? Perhaps it's enabled but the option to disable is not available. From what I gather, it's a system level app/service that allows webview to be used in certain instances throughout the device. For example, when you open up an app for the first time and are presented with an end user agreement to use that app/service.
    Just checked mine is disabled with enable grayed out. I'm on 7.0 no clue what this means.
    Ok i am not sure you guys know about this but this is intentional. Android N no longer uses webview but uses chrome now for rendering web in apps.

    this is one of the feature google introduced in N to reduce battery by using 1 browser rather than maintaining webview and chrome at the same time.

    so dont lose your sleep over it. check the article below

    Google explains how Chrome will become WebView in Android 7.0
    GSDer and srkmagnus like this.
    08-31-2016 11:20 AM
  7. JCHAOS's Avatar
    well pretty much clears that up. not gonna get my panties in a wad over it.

    Thanks still1
    08-31-2016 11:29 AM
  8. terminator y2k's Avatar
    What is this app supposed to do or what is its purpose? Anyone know? I read the description on Google play but I'm still not sure. I guess something to do with chrome and displaying content? I use Dolphin browser.
    08-31-2016 12:50 PM
  9. GSDer's Avatar
    Android N no longer uses webview but uses chrome now for rendering web in apps.
    08-31-2016 01:35 PM
  10. 3rdgalaxys7's Avatar
    This is my 3rd galaxy S7!! And my webview is disabled on this one too and I just got it today around 6pm & having trouble with my updates basically the whole SUPPOSEDLY NEW is slow motion. I hate Samsung right!
    05-23-2017 11:19 PM
  11. Scott Wineland's Avatar
    I like to enable. But it wont do jack
    05-29-2017 03:11 PM
  12. ivomin's Avatar
    It is used throughout apps to combine mixed programming. Ok, that sounded stupid. What I mean is that it gives developers a method to program their apps using web technologies and not native to android and the device code (Java, C.... etc.). Also this makes the app non platform specific as long as the platfor has some sort of web interpreter. It is exactly like the JAVA but it's for Android. So you have some "web code" interpreter machine (webview or in iOS UIWebView) that gives the ability to use the android native APIs while programming like for a web site. Then Android uses it's own interpreter machines to go to a native Linux language (actually to ARM instructions through with the help Linux core underneath android). If you are with custom Nougat ROM you will have an option to choose between AOSP webview and Chrome webview. Chrome is not really supported as google are taking steps to... well get rid of the Android web view and thus changing all through the chrome core (which is closed source), and thus it will have issues on the custom roms (there are hacks about it and uses of chromium projects). Still if you are on a stock rom... forget about Android webview... you'll be through the chrome updates. If you are on a custom rom... I suggest to use AOSP webview as long as it is available and updated as it will be more easy for the opensource community to update/use/change it. We will see what will happen when Oreo(android 8) sources come out but I think in the end all will use chrome/chromium webview...
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    07-19-2017 11:40 AM
  13. mawire's Avatar
    As GSDer posted. To enable android view you have to disable/uninstall Chrome browser.
    08-19-2017 02:40 AM
  14. johnnybravo79's Avatar
    Simplest way is to go to Playstore and type in Android System Web view. This will ask you to Enable. Just tap it a few times and this will download and enable it. Took me a few tries to get it downloaded though.
    09-27-2017 01:32 PM
  15. mohd Afroz's Avatar
    How to enable Android web view in moto g4 plus when I open Internet my mobile is restarting plz help me
    11-03-2017 04:20 PM
  16. Scott Wineland's Avatar
    How to enable Android web view in moto g4 plus when I open Internet my mobile is restarting plz help me
    How to re enable Android system webview?
    11-03-2017 06:32 PM
  17. B. Diddy's Avatar
    How to re enable Android system webview?
    Have you read through this thread yet? If you have Chrome installed and you have Nougat or above, then Chrome handles what Android System Webview does.
    11-05-2017 02:44 AM
  18. alberhasky's Avatar
    Simplest way is to go to Playstore and type in Android System Web view. This will ask you to Enable. Just tap it a few times and this will download and enable it. Took me a few tries to get it downloaded though.
    Completely true, from the play store just tap enable like 15 times without stopping really fast and in enables and starts downloading!!
    02-06-2018 02:55 AM
  19. alberhasky's Avatar
    But then it disables again lol
    02-06-2018 02:56 AM
  20. alberhasky's Avatar
    If you want to enable Android System WebView you would have to disable or uninstall chrome... as soon as you do that, Android System WebView will automatically enable and be the default app, but if you enable or install chrome, it'll get disabled and chrome will be the default option, with no way to change it
    02-06-2018 03:12 AM
  21. House Muzique's Avatar
    All you have to do is go to the Play Store and find the Android system webview page. Now scroll to the bottom and there should be a box asking if you would like to be a beta tester. Click yes and after it signs you up you will be able to enable.
    03-19-2018 12:13 PM
  22. jasonbeaz's Avatar
    This is a system app but it is disabled and for the life of me I can't seem to enable it. Through the apps on the phone or through the play store. I have even gone so far as to reset the device, but no good. Seems it is an important app, but why is it disabled? What else can I try?
    My work wifi requires a daily handshake agreement to abide by the code of conduct of the facility and when webview got disabled the terms of use page consistently timed out. I disable chrome on my phone which has fixed the problem there but google needs to push out an update that will work with my work wifi.
    06-07-2018 11:08 AM
  23. Scott Wineland's Avatar
    Could someone enable Android system webview. It wont let me do it.tried everything.
    08-26-2018 03:13 PM
  24. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Could someone enable Android system webview. It wont let me do it.tried everything.
    Have you read through this thread yet? Which phone do you have, and which version of Android is it running? If it's Nougat or above, Android System Webview is disabled because its function is covered by Chrome now.
    08-26-2018 11:57 PM
  25. basousasousa's Avatar
    To activate WebView, just turn off Google Chrome and if you want to disable it, just reactivate Chrome again.
    12-04-2018 03:52 AM

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