How to load external web page inside Android WebView

How to load external web page inside Android WebView

In this android code tutorial we are going to learn how to load external web page inside android WebView. If you want to learn more about android WebView and how to load local html file in android WebView, I will suggest you first read my post on Loading Html File from Assets folder in Android WebView before you continue with this tutorial.

We will be using some of the concepts I have already discussed in the tutorial above. But when it come to loading a web url in android WebView, android have a default WebView client which is the browser but if we want to open the page without the default browser search box, we will create our custom WebView client.

It is also possible to override the external page url or other components but the list below emphasis on what can be override.

Creating and setting a WebChromeClient subclass. This class is called when something that might impact a browser UI happens, for instance, progress updates and JavaScript alerts are sent here (see Debugging Tasks).

Creating and setting a WebViewClient subclass. It will be called when things happen that impact the rendering of the content, eg, errors or form submissions. You can also intercept URL loading here (via shouldOverrideUrlLoading()).

Modifying the WebSettings, such as enabling JavaScript with setJavaScriptEnabled().

Injecting Java objects into the WebView using the addJavascriptInterface(Object, String) method.

This method allows you to inject Java objects into a page’s JavaScript context, so that they can be accessed by JavaScript in the page.

Note that, in order for your Activity to access the Internet and load web pages in a WebView, you must add the Internet permissions to your Android Manifest file:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />

Before we start, the first thing I will do is to list the environment and tools I used in this android tutorial but feel free to use whatever environment or tools you are familiar with.

Windows 7

Android Studio

Samsung Galaxy Fame Lite

Min SDK 14

Target SDK 19

To create a new android application project, following the steps as stipulated below.

Go to File menu

Click on New menu

Click on Android Application

Enter Project name: ExternalWebpageInsideAndroidWebView

Package: com.inducesmile.externalwebpageinsideandroidwebview

Keep other default selections.

Continue to click on next button until Finish button is active, then click on Finish Button

Once you are done with creating your project, make sure you change the package name if you did not use the same package name.


Open activity_main.xml file, drag and drop a WebView control to your layout. Set the width and height of the WebView to match_parent. It is so simple. The code snippet is shown below.

<RelativeLayout xmlns:android=""

        android:layout_alignParentStart="true" />


In the file, we will get the instance of the WebView control. With the WebView setting method, we will set the zoom level of the WebView content and also enable Javascript.


import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.view.MenuItem;
import android.webkit.WebSettings;
import android.webkit.WebView;
import android.webkit.WebViewClient;

public class MainActivity extends ActionBarActivity {

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

        WebView htmlWebView = (WebView)findViewById(;
        htmlWebView.setWebViewClient(new CustomWebViewClient());
        WebSettings webSetting = htmlWebView.getSettings();
    public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
        // Inflate the menu; this adds items to the action bar if it is present.
        getMenuInflater().inflate(, menu);
        return true;
    public boolean onOptionsItemSelected(MenuItem item) {
        // Handle action bar item clicks here. The action bar will
        // automatically handle clicks on the Home/Up button, so long
        // as you specify a parent activity in AndroidManifest.xml.
        int id = item.getItemId();

        //noinspection SimplifiableIfStatement
        if (id == {
            return true;

        return super.onOptionsItemSelected(item);

    private class CustomWebViewClient extends WebViewClient{
        public boolean shouldOverrideUrlLoading(WebView view, String url) {
            return true;

Save the file and run your project. If everything works for you, the project will appear like this in your device.

How to load external web page inside Android WebView

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