Apps Crashing For Android Users- Here’s What You Can Do

Many users have reported repeated crashing of apps including google search since morning. Here's what you can do to fix the issue.
Vaibhavi Mishra
By: Vaibhavi Mishra Updated: Mar 23, 2021 21:20 IST
Apps Crashing For Android Users- Here’s What You  Can Do
Unprecedented app crashes are being reported for Android users after a buggy update in WebView

Android users globally have been facing random app crashes on their devices since the morning. With all the crashed applications being unrelated to each other, the confusion has grown profound among the users. The issue stands true for uses of various brands including Samsung, Google Pixel, Huawei, Motorola and Xiaomi. The reason behind this is being attributed to an unprecedented buggy issue with the new update of Android System WebView, the system component responsible to display the web content. Google has acknowledged WebKit as the source of the issue. Here is everything you need to know. 

Why are android applications crashing randomly?

Many android applications have been crashing globally due to the new buggy update of WebView. 

What is Android System WebView?

Android WebView is a system component powered by Chrome that helps the applications to display web content. 

This component is pre-installed on your device and should be kept up to date to be sure that you have the latest security updates and other bug fixes,” as per Google. 

Which smartphone brands are facing this issue?

All the major smartphone brands including Samsung, Google Pixel, One Plus, Huawei, Motorola and Xiaomi have been facing the app crash. 

Is the app crash going to harm your smartphone?

No, the update is not going to harm the smartphone. However, it can lead to inefficiency in operation due to frequent crashing. 

How can you fix the WebView induced app crash?

Go to Google Play and search for the WebView application. Update the same. Similarly, update your Google Chrome to the latest 89.0.4389.105 version. Alternately, you can download the APK of the latest version manually through some trusted third party websites. This will stop the apps from crashing. 

What to do if the apps are still crashing after updating WebView?

If you are still facing random app crashes even after updating WebView, try removing the updates to the Android System WebView app and disable Google Chrome. Here is how to do that-

  1. Open Settings, go to Apps and then Android System WebView

  2. Tap on the three-dot menu on the top right corner. 

  3. Tap on the uninstall updates option.

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A multi-media journalist and writer, Vaibhavi views the world as one big piece of poetry. Time and again she tries to capture this poetry through words, as well as, the lens. She loves to explore the depth of human psyche, philosophy, cultures, and oceans! Carrying forward this quest for exploration she reports on various beats ranging from tourism, culture, art, social issues, business, market trends, science and environment to technology. For her, the life mantra can be summarised with the catchphrases, “Hakuna Matata” and “Carpe Diem”.