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Android Webview open link in browser, if you are using an android Webview in your app but would like to open some type of URL’s in your phones default browser like Chrome or Firefox, here is what you need to do.

Android Webview open link in browser code snippet

You need to override WebViewClient’s shouldOverrideUrlLoading like so:

myWebWiev = (WebView)findViewById(;
myWebWiev.setWebViewClient(new WebViewClient() {
        public boolean shouldOverrideUrlLoading(WebView view, String url) {
            // open in Webview
            if (url.contains("android_asset") ){  
            // Can be clever about it like so where myshost is defined in your strings file
            // if (Uri.parse(url).getHost().equals(getString(R.string.myhost)))  
                return false;
           // open rest of URLS in default browser
            Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW, Uri.parse(url));
            return true;

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