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How to Download and Update Android WebView to Latest Version

Learn how to download the Android WebView and update to latest version in any Android Smartphone. The System WebView is available in Google Play Store.

Android System WebView is a system component powered by Chrome, providing web content rendering in apps. It allows users to view web pages in-app without leaving. To download or update Android WebView, open Google Play Store, search for ‘Android System WebView’ to tap Install and Update command for the same.

Download and Update the Android WebView to latest version

When we tap on a webpage link in any app (say, Twitter or LinkedIn), the page is rendered within the App interface without launching the default browser. This rendering happens because of the pre-installed WebView component on the system that acts as a bridge between the browser and the Application.

Like a full browser, WebView can interpret and render HTMLCSS, and JavaScript within the App without pulling up the browser to show the website content.

Hence, when you close the in-app browser, it will quickly return to the same page and location where the link was tapped opened.

Android has the Android System WebView, whereas iOS or iPadOS has WKWebView as the default webview runtime. The following guide will help you to install and update the Android System WebView to the latest version.

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Note: The Stable version of Android System WebView is pre-installed on your smartphone. A few testing builds, like BETA and DEV, are unstable variants available in the Play Store for installation.

Download and Update Android WebView

As mentioned, WebView is pre-installed on Android smartphones powered with Chrome browser. You can verify the installation and re-download if required from the Google Play Store.

The WebView system app gets frequent upgrades and bug fixes that can be updated to the latest version from the same Google Play Store.

Download Android System WebView

  1. Open Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Search for Android System WebView in the search bar and select it from the search results.
    Google Play Store Search Bar
  3. Tap the Install button to download and install.
    Install Android System WebView on Android via Google Play Store

(*Android System WebView Beta variant is screenshot is added for illustration purposes only. Generally, we should download the Stable version.)

The WebView will be installed on your Android phone. It is an internal system app; hence you will not find any option to launch the app, and it won’t be available in the App drawer.

Update Android System WebView

  1. Open Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Tap the Profile icon from the top right corner, and select the Manage apps & device menu.
    Manage apps and device under Profile icon on Google Play Store
  3. Tap on the See details command under the Updates available menu.
    See details command under Updates available on Play Store
  4. If Android System WebView is on the list of apps with available updates, tap on Update next to it.
    Update Android System WebView under Pending Downloads on Google Play store

Alternatively, you can search for the Android System WebView app in Google Play Store, visit the App details page, and tap the Update command to install the latest version.

Update Android System WebView on Google Play Store

You can enable auto-updates for the Android System WebView by tapping the More vertical 3dots icon menu on the App details page and ticking the checkbox for the Enable auto update option.

Enable auto update for Android System WebView in Play Store

The app will be automatically updated when a developer releases new updates.

There are a few incidents where the users cannot update Android WebView. In such cases, you can follow our troubleshooting guide, which details the steps and methods to fix the problem.

Bottom Line

The Android System WebView is a core app that helps launch the native web browser within the app. If required, tap on the More vertical 3dots icon menu and select Open in Chrome for a complete browser experience.

Open in Chrome menu within Android System WebView

The Android System WebView is actively maintained and receives frequent updates. If you want to test the releases before a general audience, you can also download the Beta and Dev variant from the play store.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal is a Bachelor of Engineering, a Certified Google IT Support Professional, and a Digital-Tech Geek. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and creating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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