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Gmail and other apps are crashing on Android – Here’s how to fix it

Some Android users have been reporting their phones aren’t working properly. Random apps like Amazon crash upon launch. When they remove and reinstall them, they work — until the next time the app is launched.

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Luckily, it wasn’t something nefarious — just typical issues that come along with software updates. Here’s an easy fix to get your apps back to normal in no time.

Here’s the backstory

Android System Webview is the program that lets Android apps show content from the web. Powered by Chrome, this component is pre-installed on Android devices. To ensure you have the latest security updates and bug fixes, you’re supposed to update it periodically.

Unfortunately, Android users sometimes have to deal with update issues. Actually, software updates of all kinds can come with serious issues.

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If your apps are acting finicky, we found two solutions. Both should be able to fix your Android device.

Option 1: Update two programs

Here’s what Google says you should do. First, you have to update Android System Webview to version 89.0.4389.105. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app on your Android phone or tablet.
  2. Tap Menu on the top left corner. Hit My apps & games.
  3. Under “Updates,” find the Android System Webview label.
  4. Next to Chrome, tap Update.

Next, follow the same steps to update Google Chrome to the latest version. Both apps need the newest software to work properly. If you’re still having trouble launching certain apps, try this next trick.

Option 2: Remove the Webview update and restart your phone

This is Samsung’s solution. The tech team says you should remove the update and restart the phone. Here’s the step-by-step guide from the team’s Twitter page:

Either one of these solutions should fix your issue. If you’re still having problems, that may be because you have an older phone. Some users are saying not to update Google Chrome; instead, they advise you to disable it. Now, your Android apps should be back to normal.

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