[FIXED] URL still opened with webView even tho launched with android custom tabs


I’m pretty new to Android development and building a simple demo app to try out the Android custom tabs functionality. Yet somehow when I launched the app and tested it on the virtual device, I still see the URL is launched with webView instead of custom tabs. Am I missing something? Thanks so much!

*the reason I’m trying is to bypass the facebook/Google login restriction nowadays on webview

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my build.gradle:

plugins {
    id 'com.android.application'

android {
    compileSdkVersion 30
    buildToolsVersion "30.0.0"

    defaultConfig {
        applicationId "com.example.helloworld"
        minSdkVersion 16
        targetSdkVersion 30
        versionCode 1
        versionName "1.0"

        testInstrumentationRunner "androidx.test.runner.AndroidJUnitRunner"

    buildTypes {
        release {
            minifyEnabled false
            proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android-optimize.txt'), 'proguard-rules.pro'
    compileOptions {
        sourceCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
        targetCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8

dependencies {

    implementation 'androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.2.0'
    implementation 'com.google.android.material:material:1.2.1'
    implementation 'androidx.constraintlayout:constraintlayout:2.0.1'
    testImplementation 'junit:junit:4.+'
    androidTestImplementation 'androidx.test.ext:junit:1.1.2'
    androidTestImplementation 'androidx.test.espresso:espresso-core:3.3.0'
    implementation "androidx.browser:browser:1.3.0"

My MainActivity.java:

package com.example.helloworld;

import android.content.Intent;
import android.net.Uri;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.Button;
import androidx.appcompat.app.AppCompatActivity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import androidx.browser.customtabs.CustomTabsIntent;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

        Button loginBtn = findViewById(R.id.login);
        loginBtn.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
            public void onClick(View view) {
                String loginUrl = "https://google.com";

                CustomTabsIntent.Builder builder = new CustomTabsIntent.Builder();
                CustomTabsIntent customTabsIntent = builder.build();
                customTabsIntent.launchUrl(getApplicationContext(), Uri.parse(loginUrl));



User needs to have a browser app installed. Most browsers these days do support CustomTabs.

If there is not browser installed or the installed browser does not support CustomTabs, CustomTabs opens the URL in WebView.

Answered By – Azizjon Kholmatov

Answer Checked By – Terry (Easybugfix Volunteer)

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