How to Dis­able In-App Brows­er for Android Apps

Olanrewaju Sodiq

Today, a majority of Android apps are engineered to automatically open links within the app. That is because such apps have built-in browsers (popularly called In-App Browsers), which publishers use as a mechanism to keep users within the apps for as long as possible.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps Featured Image

For one, these in-app browsers are convenient in that they let you quickly view the content of web links without having to leave the app. However, the interface of most in-app browsers I have used is nothing to write home about. They are bland, mundane, and lack the complex functionalities of standalone browsers.

Functionalities aside, some reports have proven that in-app browsers could be harmful security-wise. That is because some unethical app publishers take advantage of in-app browsers to gain access to sensitive user data.

There are several reasons why you would want to disable the in-app browser on some of the major apps you use. This post will cover the steps involved in disabling the in-app browser of popular Android apps. Let's get to it.

Disable In-App Browser in Facebook

Let's start with the king of social networking, Facebook. It's something you might have never thought to do, but disabling Facebook's built-in browser is straightforward.

Step 1: Tap the menu icon at the top-right corner of the navigation bar.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps

Step 2: Tap the V-shaped icon to expand the 'Settings & Privacy' menu.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 01

Step 3: Select Settings.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 02

Step 4: Navigate to the bottom of the Settings menu and tap 'Media and contacts' option.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 03

Step 5: Now, toggle on the 'Links open externally' option.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 04

That disables Facebook's in-app, you'll be able to choose your preferred browser whenever you click a link within the app.

For some reason, if you want to re-enable the in-app browser, follow the same steps, and toggle the 'Links open externally' option back on.

Disable In-App Browser in Twitter

Follow the steps below to disable Twitter's in-app browser on your Android smartphone.

Step 1: Tap the profile picture on the Twitter app homepage or anywhere on the app.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 05

Step 2: Select Settings and Privacy.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 06

Step 3: Next, tap the 'Display and sound' option right under the General section.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 07

Step 4: Finally, uncheck the 'Use in-app browser option' by simply tapping it.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 08

Return to your Twitter feed and try to open a link. Twitter will no longer automatically open the link. Instead, you'd be prompted to choose a browser/app which you'd love to use to access the web link.

Disable In-App Browser in Gmail

If you want Gmail's built-in browser to not open links embedded in your emails, here's how to disable it in four easy steps.

Step 1: Tap the hamburger menu icon to expand the Gmail app's menu options.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 10

Step 2: At the bottom of the menu option, select Settings.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 11

Step 3: Tap General Settings.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 12

That will open up a list of customization you can make to the Gmail app.

Step 4: Tap 'Open web links in Gmail' to uncheck the option and ultimately disable the in-app browser from automatically opening web links.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 13

Disable In-App Browser in Telegram

Telegram is a great instant messaging alternative to WhatsApp and Discord. One thing you might not like about Telegram, however, is that it automatically opens web links within the app's browser.

Follow the steps below to turn off the Telegram's built-in browser.

Step 1: Tap the hamburger menu icon to reveal the menu options.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 14

Step 2: Select Settings.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 15

Step 3: Select Chat Settings.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 16

Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the chat settings menu and toggle off the 'In-App Browser' option.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 17

This will now cause Telegram to open all links in your text outside the app.

Disable In-App Browser in Google App

The Google app also opens automatically open links within the app by default. If you wish to open suggested links in the Google app feed on another browser, you'd have to disable the built-in browser.

Here's how to get it done.

Step 1: On the Google app dashboard, tap More.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 18

Step 2: Select Settings.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 19

Step 3: Select General to access some app customization options.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 20

Step 4: Tap the 'Open web pages in the app' option to disable the Google app built-in browser.

Disable In App Browser Android Apps 21

Enjoy Full-Fledged Web Browsing

Although the convenience of in-app browsers is addictive, standalone browsers supply a more enjoyable and secure browsing experience. With in-app browsers, you are missing out on features like private browsing, completely anonymous web surfing, and more.

You have more to gain by disabling the in-app browsers of your apps. There is no more accidental clicks to open sketchy links and you don't have to move away from the view of whichever app you are using.

Next up: Are you annoyed by the notifications that show up while listening to some soul-stirring songs on your Android smartphone? The article linked below will show you how to disabling such notifications when playing music on your device.


The above article may contain affiliate links which help support Guiding Tech. However, it does not affect our editorial integrity. The content remains unbiased and authentic.

Read Next
How to Disable Android Notifications When Playing Music
Also See
#browser #gmail

Join the newsletter

Sodiq has written thousands of tutorials, guides, and explainers over the past 3 years to help people solve problems relating to Android, iOS, and Windows devices. He also enjoys reviewing consumer tech products (smartphones, smart home devices, etc.) and previously worked with GearBest in that capacity.