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Some apps like Gmail close themselves on Android: this is how you can fix it

24 mayo, 2021

Some users are having problems using various applications on their Android phones: apps like Gmail, Google, Outlook, Paypal or basically anyone that shows web content they close on their own, without explanation or warning.

The error does not seem to affect all Android mobiles as massively as the Gboard error a few years ago, but it does seem to affect all types of apps on all types of mobiles. Luckily, there seems to be a simple workaround that makes apps work again.

Blame it on the System WebView

To the incredulity of users, a bug in one of the Android components that many applications use is causing many apps to close on their own or act erratically. The exact causes have not yet come to light, but everything seems to indicate that the problem is in a problem with Android System Webview.

Android System Webview acts as a link between the browser and the applications, allowing an application to display content from the Internet without having to implement all the browser logic again. It is a very practical idea that reduces the size and complexity of applications although, in return, what is happening today can happen: when you have a problem, affects all applications that use the system’s WebView, and that there are many.

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The good news is, since the bug came, you can go. Multiple users and even Samsung technical support recommend uninstall Android WebView updates and restart the mobile. After doing so, the applications that were affected by this error should work again.

To uninstall updates from Android System WebView you will have to follow a few simple steps. The first of them is to enter the Android settings and tap on Applications. The process can vary from layer to layer, although you generally need to use the ⋮ menu to choose Show system apps And now it should appear in the list of applications.

Webview Menus may vary by layer. When in doubt, use the search engine above the Android settings

When you touch the application, the page with information about it will be displayed, including its version and the buttons to stop its execution or disable it (which, on occasions, is not available). Press the menu button ⋮ and choose Uninstall updates. In doing so, you are asked for confirmation.

Disentangle

Yes Android System WebView appears disabled, then you will not be able to uninstall the updates. This happens because Android is not using this WebView, but the Google Chrome or another browser. We tell you how to fix it in this article.

This will uninstall all Android System WebView updates, including the latest one that is causing all the problems. You will return to the version of Android System WebView that came pre-installed with the latest firmware for your mobile, and everything should work as before.

Google has reported that it has already fixed the bug in the latest system WebView and Google Chrome update, so another way to fix it is to go to Google Play and find and install the updates for both WebView and Google Chrome.