Android Apps Are Consistently Shutting Down for Users: But Google Provides a Fix

The crashes are due to an issue with Android System WebView

Why mobile apps keep closing and how to fix as Google resolves WebView problems

Apps including Google, Gmail and Yahoo Mailwere crashing for Android users, but Google has fixed it. The issue was due to a system component called Android System WebView that lets Android apps display web content.

Google now has a way to fixthe problem, and that requires users to update Android System WebView to version 89.0.4389.105 and Google Chrome to the latest version. All of these are available on Google Play.

The issues began on Monday afternoon and lasted for hours, the Google Workspace dashboard for Gmail reported. The company recommended using the desktop interface until issues were resolved.

The Way to update Android System WebView and Google Chrome

Updating the apps is very easy. Open the Google Play Store, go to “My Apps & Games” via the menu bar in the top left of the screen. Then click “Updates” and find the apps in the list. Here update them both and the issue should be resolved.

This might not work, and some users suggest that removing the latest WebView update or uninstalling WebView entirely can fix the problem.

However, you can do this by going to Google Play Store > My Apps & Games > Installed and hitting “uninstall” when you find WebView. You should then reboot your device and reinstall WebView.

All your apps should then work again as normal.

The dashboard currently shows all services operating without further problems.