New updates are being added at the end of this story …….
The original story (posted March 24, 2021) follows:
Yesterday, most of the Android users woke up to see that they couldn’t use certain apps all of a sudden because the apps kept crashing.
This problem has been affecting most Android smartphones, such as those from Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Motorola, and Realme, to name a few.
Google acknowledged the problem and confirmed that the applications were crashing due to a bug with the WebView component of the Android system.
Not long after, Google fixed the bug and released new updates for the Android and Chrome system WebView app, which now supersedes the need for the WebView app on some devices.
Most of the OEMs have asked users to install the latest versions of the two apps mentioned above on their devices to prevent the apps from crashing. But it seems that things are not going according to plan.
Some users have turned to Twitter for help because they can’t update the two apps. They claim Android system WebView update stuck on pending and the same happens with Google Chrome.
Chrome and Android System Webview are the two apps that refuse to update. Either it says pending forever or nothing happens when I select update. (Source)
I have been trying to update Android system WebView for the last hour and it gets stuck on Pending. It is not updating. I have not been able to use most of my apps all day. (Source)
The web app on my Android system is still pending all night and cannot be stopped. Unresolved issue can’t update Chrome (Source)
As you can see from the reports above, the WebView apps on the Android system and Google Chrome don’t update even after the device is rebooted.
Of course this has left many people frustrated as applications keep crashing and there is apparently no way Google Chrome and Android System WebView will have the latest version as the update is pending.
But there is no reason to worry because there are a couple of things you can try to get rid of the pending update message.
Google Play support suggests users reporting Chrome and Android System WebView not updating to clear app data for Play Store.
This should work for most users. However, if you still cannot update either application, you can also download and install the latest version of the applications as APK files.
– Google Chrome APK: Download
– Android System WebView APK: Download
The download links shared above are for the latest versions of Google Chrome and Android System WebView at the time of writing. Installing these APK files should fix the app crashing issue.
With that said, we hope the solutions shared here will help you get rid of the pending WebView update issue from Android or Google Chrome system on your device.
You can also share a solution that helped you fix the problem in the comment section below.
Update 1 (March 25)
12:17 pm (IST): In an official statement, Google has officially acknowledged that some users with Android 10 or 11 devices cannot update Google Chrome or WebView manually. Unfortunately, the company has not shared a workaround for the problem.
In some rare cases on Android 10 or 11, a manual WebView or Chrome update may not complete.
That said, Google also recommends that users do not uninstall WebView updates as it could lead to data loss from some applications.
Note: We do not recommend manually uninstalling WebView updates. It may result in data loss from some applications.
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