What is com.google.android.trichromelibrary?

If you’re looking for the meaning of com.google.android.trichromelibrary it is probably because this app package shows a downloading update notification and freezes while updating.

com.google.android.trichromelibrary is the Android package file of the Trichrome Library which is a component of the Google Chrome browser app that allows Android apps to display web pages and web content inside apps.

In this article, we’ll share everything about Trichrome Library, Android System WebView, why does it keep getting stuck, and how to fix the freezing issue.

What is Android System WebView?

Android System WebView is a built-in system component developed by Google that allows Android apps to display web pages inside apps without leaving the application and opening the web page inside the browser. It is developed by Google for use with their Google Chrome app.

When you open web page links on apps like Facebook or YouTube, you’ll find that the web page opens inside the app without opening in the web browser. If you hit the back button you’ll go back to the app again. This is only possible if you have the Google Chrome browser app installed on your device.

What is Trichrome?

Before Android 10 rolled out, the Google Chrome app was using the Android System WebView to display web content inside apps but with the advent of Android 10, the Android WebView was replaced by the Trichrome Library.

Trichrome uses fewer resources to display web pages, reduces page download data, has a smaller installation size with minimal bugs. Engineers in Google had to say the following about Trichrome:

“Chrome is no longer used as a WebView implementation in Q+. We’ve moved to a new model for sharing common code between Chrome and WebView (called “Trichrome”), which gives the same benefits of reduced download and install size while having fewer weird special cases and bugs.”

What does com.google.android.trichromelibrary Mean?

com.google.android.trichromelibrary is the package file of the Trichrome Library app that contains the Trichrome APK file which is the installation file on Android devices and the data files of the Trichrome app.

Android apps have a unique package name that is used to identify the app inside Google Play Store and on users’ devices. The package file contains the APK file and data folder of the app.

Is com.google.android.trichromelibrary Virus or Safe?

com.google.android.trichromelibrary is not a Virus or Malware that causes damage to your device. It is a safe application developed by Google so there’s no chance of the app being harmful in any way.

A few people think that the app might spy on their data but that’s not true. This app doesn’t spy on your data or sell it to third parties. It is not Spyware, Adware, or Bloatware.

How to Fix com.google.android.trichromelibrary downloading stuck?

A big issue with this app package is that com.google.android.trichromelibrary keeps getting stuck while downloading updates. You’ll see the notification appearing in the notification tray that com.google.android.trichromelibrary is downloading but it freezes and doesn’t download.

The issue could occur due to corrupted or overloaded app cache, low free memory, or an internal app issue that is causing the app to malfunction and prevents it from downloading updates.

You can try the following solutions to fix the downloading stuck issue.

(1) Restart your Device

Restarting the device solves app freezing and downloading issues most of the time. If an app is stuck while downloading, restarting the device stops the process and frees up memory.

To restart your device long press the Power button for a few seconds and tap on the Restart/Reboot option. Once the device restarts, the downloading notification should hopefully disappear.

(2) Clear Trichrome Library App Cache and Google Play Store App Cache

To clear the app cache of Trichrome Library use the following steps:

  1. Open Settings app on your device.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap three vertical dots icon in the upper right corner.
  4. Tap Show system apps.
  5. Find Trichrome Library from the list and tap on it.
  6. Tap Storage.
  7. Tap Clear Cache.
  8. Tap Clear Data.

In some devices, Trichrome Library is still represented as Android System WebView. So, if you don’t find Trichrome Library then clear the app cache of Android System WebView.

To clear the Google Play Store app cache follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings app on your device.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap on Google Play Store.
  4. Tap Storage.
  5. Tap Clear Cache.
  6. Tap Clear Data.

(3) Force Stop Trichrome Library

To Force Stop the app follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings app on your device.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap three vertical dots icon in the upper right corner.
  4. Tap Show system apps.
  5. Find Trichrome Library(Android System WebView) from the list and tap on it.
  6. Tap Force Stop.

(4) Uninstall the Previous Update

The newest update for the app could also be causing such issues. If you’re getting these errors after downloading a new update for the app then you have to uninstall this update and revert back to the previous version of the app.

To do this follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Apps > Show system apps > Ellipsis icon(three vertical dots) in upper right corner > Trichrome Library.
  3. Tap Uninstall Updates.

(5) Sideload Trichrome Library App

Another way to fix the issue is by downloading the most recent version of the Trichrome Library App from the APKMirror website and installing the app manually(sideloading). When the app is downloaded, you have to locate the file on your device which is usually present in the Downloads folder of the File Manager/File Explorer app.

Now, you have to install it manually but you might get a warning that you’re installing the app from an unknown source. If you get this warning just accept it and install the app. Once the app is installed the downloading notification will no longer appear.

Android System WebView Crashing Issue

When a new update for the Android System WebView app was released on March 2021, there were lots of complaints from users about apps crashing. The apps that were frequently crashing after this update were Gmail, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Amazon.

Google addressed the issue and instructed users to update the Android System WebView app and Google Chrome browser app to fix the issue.

How to Update Android System WebView and Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Play Store on your device.
  2. Search for Android System WebView and Google Chrome.
  3. Tap on the Update button to download and install updates for both apps.

Samsung users complained about the issue to Samsung and this is what Samsung Tweeted “Hi! Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Please remove the Webview Update and then restart the phone. Here are the steps: Go settings > apps > tap the three dots in the top right corner > show system apps > search for Android System WebView > select Uninstall updates.”

Can You Uninstall com.google.android.trichromelibrary?

You can uninstall com.google.android.trichromelibrary using the Android Debug Bridge(ADB) software or using the System App Remover application.

However, if you uninstall it then you won’t be able to view web pages inside apps on certain apps like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Amazon, etc. You’ll have to view these web pages on the browser.

If you are sure about deleting this app then follow the solutions mentioned below.

1. Uninstall Using ADB

ADB allows you to bring up a Unix shell so you can issue commands directly on the Android device. You can use it to install, uninstall, debug and disable apps. You’ll need a Windows PC to use ADB.

Here are the steps to uninstall this app using ADB.

Step 1 – Go to Settings > System > About phone

Step 2 – Tap on the Build number 7 times to activate Developer Options.

Step 3 – Go back to the main Settings menu and tap on Developer Options to open it.

Step 4 – Enable USB debugging by tapping on it.

Step 5Download ADB on your PC.

Step 6 – Extract the ZIP file into a folder.

Step 7 – After extracting the ZIP file, open that folder.

Step 8 – Press and hold the shift button and right-click in a blank area.

Step 9 – Click on “Open Powershell window here.”

Step 10 – Enter the command adb devices

Step 11 – Connect your Android device to the PC using a USB data cable. 

Step 12 – Type the command adb shell pm uninstall –user 0 com.google.android.trichromelibrary and press Enter to run this command. Wait for a few seconds and you’ll notice the app has been uninstalled from your device.

2. Uninstall Using System App Remover

This method requires you to gain root access to your device. If you don’t know how to root your Android device then check our Android Rooting guide. After gaining root access follow the steps below to uninstall this system app.

  1. Download and install the System App Remover application.
  2. Launch the System App Remover application, search for the Trichrome Library or Android System WebView appand select it by tapping on the checkbox next to it.
  3. Tap on the Uninstall button to completely uninstall the app and delete its data.

What Permissions does com.google.android.trichromelibrary Require?

com.google.android.trichromelibrary has access to the following permissions on your device:

  • Full network access
  • View network connections

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