New updates are added at the bottom of this story…….
The original story (published January 07, 2022) follows:
The Google app is one of the most used apps on Android devices. It is one of the essential parts of the Google apps package and it comes pre-installed on the majority of Android devices.
It allows users to search the internet, use voice commands, search using Google Lens, and also offers the Discover feed.
But lately, users have been reporting a number of issues affecting the app, such as the one where users can’t turn off trending searches on the homepage and the app breaking dark mode for some owners of pixels.
And now Google app users are saying they can’t “open web pages in the app”. People say the problem persists even if they install and configure Chrome.
For some, the toggle is greyed out while others say that even though it is enabled, the feature does not work as expected.
my phone has stopped using random google search and instead uses chrome or samsung internet. I just want to go back to using Google search and everyone I ask makes me feel stupid because I don’t know the answer. I know you can’t set Google search as default, but I’ve been using it for almost three years now with no problem, then all of a sudden my phone no longer opens web pages in the Google search app. I tried changing it to chrome but the settings in general still say “open and configure chrome to enable this option” which means I can’t enable “open web pages in app” to continue using Google search as I wish.
Just today I noticed that whenever I open a web page from the Google app, it opens in Chrome. I went to the Google app settings and the “Open webpages in app” option was removed and it said “open and configure Chrome to enable this option”. Chrome is already configured on my device and when I tried to disable Chrome to force Google to use itself, it opened another browser app I had. Please help me!
Many say that the first thing they tried to do was to reset the Google and Chrome app, but these solutions do not help to fix the problem. publish.
This is really frustrating for those who use the Google app to read news and other things because it helps them to easily navigate back to the app since the links open in the app itself.
Luckily, a Google Community Gold Product Expert commented on the issue and said that he shared the issue with the Google Search Community team.
Hello user 7696433869963815274, This has been shared with the Google Search Community Team. This does not guarantee a response, but just wanted to let you know that your comments, issues, or questions have been shared.
But since Google has yet to acknowledge the problem or say anything about it, it’s still unclear how long Google app users will have to wait before they can open web pages in the app.
Wait! Understood! I found how to solve the problem! Go to your settings, then go to chrome, then hit the dots (the more options button), then click “uninstall updates”, then try again.
Update 1 (January 08)
12:38 p.m. (IST): One of the affected users has suggested a workaround that may fix the “Open webpages in app” issue.
Also, it might only work for Samsung Galaxy users, but you can always give it a try!!!!
Good luck!!! Please let me know if this works for anyone? Thank you! (Source)
Update 2 (January 10)
12:38 p.m. (IST): one of us readers Suggested that using Canary or uninstalling all Chrome Prod updates fixes this problem, but that’s not something to rely on.
Moreover, he also noted that the “Collections” feature also becomes useless if the links do not open in the Google app.
Update 3 (January 11)
4:14 p.m. (IST): A product expert on the Google forum acknowledged the issue and said the team had identified the issue and are currently working on a fix. We’ll let you know once the issue is resolved, so stay tuned.
Update 4 (January 14)
5:41 p.m. (IST): A product expert on the Community Forums has confirmed that Google has released a fix for the issue and recommends updating the Google app in case you haven’t already.
The Google research team confirms that an update has been rolled out to fix this issue. If you still can’t open webpages in the Google app, check that the app is updated to the latest version. If the problem persists, let me know the version number of the Google app installed on your device. (Source)
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