Discover the Ultimate Guide to file:///android_asset/startpage/ for Android Users

file:///android_asset/startpage/ is a feature in Android applications that allows developers to load local HTML files into WebView. This feature is useful when you need to display static content like help pages, terms and conditions, or privacy policies within your app. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of using file:///android_asset/startpage/ in your Android application step-by-step.

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Table of Contents

Step 1: Create a New Android Project

  1. Open Android Studio and click on "Create New Project".
  2. Select "Empty Activity" and click "Next".
  3. Enter your application name, package name, and select your project location.
  4. Choose your minimum SDK version, and click "Finish" to create the project.

Create a new Android project tutorial

Step 2: Add WebView to Your Activity

  1. Open your activity_main.xml file.
  2. Add the WebView element to your XML layout.
    android:layout_height="match_parent" />

Add WebView to your Android app

Step 3: Load Local HTML File into WebView

  1. Create a new folder named assets in the src/main directory of your Android project.
  2. Place your local HTML file (e.g., startpage.html) inside the assets folder.
  3. Open your file.
  4. Load the local HTML file into WebView by adding the following code inside the onCreate method.
WebView webView = findViewById(;

Load local HTML files in WebView

Step 4: Enable JavaScript Support

  1. Open your file.
  2. Enable JavaScript support by adding the following code inside the onCreate method, before loading the local HTML file.
WebSettings webSettings = webView.getSettings();

Enable JavaScript in WebView

Step 5: Test Your Application

  1. Connect your Android device or start an Android emulator.
  2. Run your application by clicking the "Run" button in Android Studio.
  3. Verify that the local HTML file is loaded into the WebView.

Test your app on Android devices or emulators


Q1: Can I load other file types such as CSS, JavaScript, or images in WebView?

Yes, you can load other file types like CSS, JavaScript, or images in WebView. Make sure to place these files in the assets folder and use the correct file path in your HTML file.

Q2: Can I use WebView to load remote URLs?

Yes, you can use WebView to load remote URLs by simply changing the URL passed to the loadUrl() method. For example:


To handle links clicked inside the WebView, you can implement a custom WebViewClient and override the shouldOverrideUrlLoading() method. Here's an example:

webView.setWebViewClient(new WebViewClient() {
    public boolean shouldOverrideUrlLoading(WebView view, String url) {
        return true;

Q4: How can I enable zoom controls in WebView?

To enable zoom controls in WebView, you can use the setBuiltInZoomControls() and setDisplayZoomControls() methods of the WebSettings class:

WebSettings webSettings = webView.getSettings();

Q5: Can I communicate between JavaScript and Android code?

Yes, you can use the addJavascriptInterface() method to expose your Android objects to JavaScript code. For more details, refer to the official documentation.

Android WebView JavaScript communication

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