With recent Android versions, Google added a new system app named Android System Webview. It is a lite browser engine attached to Google Chrome, which is an essential part of it. This app lets third-party apps (like Gmail, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) display web content without leaving the app altogether.
In simple words, when you open any link on a third-party app like Instagram, Facebook, etc., the link will not open in the Chrome browser but within the app itself. It is because of the Android System Webview. Of course, you can open the links in Chrome from there, but that is another thing.
Recently, when I got a notification update, I tried updating my Chrome browser but failed. After several tries, I learned that not only chrome but the Android System Webview is also not updating. Updating these apps is very important as they get new security features with every update.
Here I will provide these solutions for you guys regarding chrome and android webview not getting updated.
First, we will try a few essential solutions as it doesn’t need to happen because of significant issues. If the essential solutions don’t fix the problem, then try the other solutions mentioned below:
Reboot your device
Sometimes a simple reboot fixes the problem as rebooting the device restarts all of its system processes. This way, if some Android process is causing the error, it will be fixed automatically.
Check your internet connection.
It would help if you had good data speed to update all from the PlayStore. If you have a good internet connection and still face the issue, then use any third-party app to check if any other app is using the data in the background.
Close all other apps that use a data connection and then retry the download, and this should fix the issue.
Stop auto-updating all apps
If you have enabled the update all apps automatically option, this may cause the download issue. To stop this, you need to stop all the apps from updating together, and you have to update them manually.
Here are the steps to stop auto-updating all android apps:
- Open your Google PlayStore on your Android phone.
- Click on the profile icon in the top right corner.
It will bring out a menu.
- Tap on the Manage Apps and Devices option on the menu.
It will show you all the apps that are updating.
- Hit on the button to stop updating.
- Now update just Chrome and Android System Webview app to fix the download issue.
These were essential solutions, and they often fixed the issue; if they didn’t, try the below-mentioned methods.
Clear Google Play Store Cache and Storage
There is a high probability that Play Store data may get corrupted, causing the issue with app updates. Since we download and update the Google Chrome and Android System WebView from the Google Play Store, it’s a good idea to clear the cache and storage of the Play Store.
Here are the steps to clear storage and clean up Google Play Store on Android:
- Open your Settings app on your Android Phone.
- Tap on the Apps and Notifications tab.
- Select See all apps link to open the installed apps list.
- Search and open the Google Play Store app.
- Within the Google Play Store app info page, select on Storage & Cache option.
- Hit on
Relaunch the Google Play Store app and try updating the Chrome and Android System WebView app. Launching the Play Store app might take a while since we have cleared the storage data.
If that doesn’t work, clear the cache and storage of the Google Play services.
Uninstall Android System Webview and Chrome
There are high chances that the Android System Webview is the main problem, and because of it, Chrome is not updating. To solve this, first of all, uninstall the Android System Webview app.
It is a system app, so you cannot uninstall it entirely, but you can go back to the factory version. It means you can uninstall all the previous updates. You cannot uninstall it directly from settings as in most devices, and there is no such option.
Here are the steps to uninstall Android System Webview from the phone:
- Open the Google play store app.
- In the search bar and search for the Android System Webview app.
- Tap on the option and proceed.
- It will uninstall the Android System Webview updates.
That’s all. Now retry updating the Google Chrome browser to check if the problem is fixed or not. If not, repeat the same process with the Chrome app.
Clear cache and Force stop the app
If an app is running in the background, then it is possible that it won’t update. You can force stop any app from stopping such a background process. After that, if the app has a lot of cache memory, which might prevent it from updating. In such scenarios, you need to clear cache and storage as well.
Here are the steps to force stop the app on an Android OS phone:
- Open your Settings app on your Android Phone.
- After that, scroll down, look for the Apps and Notifications tab, and tap on it.
- In the next window, you will see an option named see all apps; tap on it to open a list of all installed apps.
- Tap the on the upper right corner to open a menu.
- Select the ‘Show system’ option to see all the available apps.
- Tap to open the Android System Webview app from the list of apps.
- Tap on that to Force stop the app.
Now try updating the app; if the issue persists, you need to clear the cache and data.
Here are steps to clear the cache and data of Android Webview:
- Repeat the above steps till #6,
- Click on the Storage option on the app information window.
It will open a new window with the clear cache and data option.
- Tap on those options to and
- Lastly, try to update the android webview app from Google PlayStore.
If this doesn’t work, repeat the same process with the Chrome and Google Playstore apps.
Leave the beta testing program
The google play store has a feature called beta testing. It gives its users early access to any new update before it goes public. This service is for testing the new updates, and there are high chances that the beta updates have bugs.
If you are also a part of beta testing or opted for it by mistake, you might be using a beta update app. Now, this might be the reason behind the downloading issue. You can fix it by leaving the beta testing program.
Here are the steps to leave the beta testing for the app:
- Open the Google PlayStore app.
- Search for the Android system Webview app.
- Scroll down until you see the option as shown in the below image.
- Tap on the option to the beta program.
After leaving the beta testing program, uninstall the updates just like we did in the third method. It will solve your issue.
Download the updates manually
If you have tried all the methods and none of them worked for you, then this solution will work. You can download and install the latest Android System Webview and Chrome update from third-party APK sites and install it manually.
Here are the steps to manually download the android app updates from a third-party site:
- Search for Android System Webview on APKmirror.com (direct download link below)
- Scroll down until you see a list of all versions.
- Click on the download icon on the right side.
- Scroll down until you see all the downloadable app variants.
Choose any variant according to your device.
- Click on the Variant number to proceed.
You can use a Google search to know about a compatible variant with your device.
- Click on the button to download the APK.
If you see a download Waring them, allow it by clickingas it is not a threat to your device. Lastly, install the APK file by tapping on it, and your work is done.
Bottom Line: Chrome and Webview are Not Updating
To sum up, I have given all the possible solutions for Chrome and Android System Webview is not getting updated issues. These might take some time, but they will surely fix your issue.
It is tricky to update the system apps, so you need to be patient. Also, only use trusted APK sites to download the APK file.
If you are using the last method, you should be cautious as a few fake sites can harm your device. APK files from such fake sites may contain malware, so be aware.
Once you can update the google chrome app, it will also update the android system webview.
FAQs: Chrome and Android Webview Not Updating
Now, let us go through the frequently asked questions regarding the fixes for Chrome and Android System Webview is not getting updated.
How to Fix Chrome and Android System Webview not getting updated?
You can reboot your device, check your internet connection, stop auto-updating all apps, clear Google Playstore cache, and storage, leave the beta testing program, and manually update the software.
How to stop auto-updating all the apps in the play store?
Launch the PlayStore, tap on the profile icon, open the Settings > Network preferences, and select Auto-update apps. Choose the option Don’t auto-update apps.
How to uninstall the Android System Webview from Playstore?
Open the play store and search for Android System Webview. Now, tap on the uninstall tab and confirm the uninstallation.