Converting a Website into an Android App can help you to reach more users. And to do so, so many online Web to App converter platforms are available. But, I will recommend you not to use those. Because these App builder platforms usually insert ads in the free app, and even puts a watermark. Yes with premium, you can get complete control over your App. However, the best way to develop an Android App is through Android Studio.
What is Android Studio?
If you’re unaware, Android Studio is the official integrated development environment (IDE) for Android OS. By using it you can develop Apps for all kinds of devices that are running Android OS. It also offers virtual Android devices to test Android Apps.
Yes, to develop Android App, you need coding skills. Like, C++, Java, XML, Kotlin. But, no worries, if you don’t know how to code. Because, in this article, you will get step by step guide to developing Android App with all Code. Since we are turning a Website into an Android App. So, we are going to use Android System Webview help to load the website in the App.
What is Android System Webview?
The Android System WebView allows applications to access browser functionality without displaying browser windows. There are almost all E-Commerce, Banking, and Social Media apps use Android System Webview. Android app developers integrate WebView in the App, when, they want to display webpages within the App. And since we are turning a website into an App, so we are going to use WebView Code.
So, here’s how to convert a Website into an Android App using Android Studio.
Build Android APK and Test on Android smartphones.
Yes, instead of building APK, you can pair your android device through wireless debugging. By clicking on the No devices icon. And, when you click on Run > Run ‘app’. The app will get auto-installed on your Android Smartphone. Alternatively, you can Install the Android 13 Tiramisu Emulator using Android Studio.
Or, you can follow these steps to build an Android APK. After that, you can test on Computer using Windows Subsystem for Android.
To create Android APK. Click on Build > Build Bundle (s) /APK (s) > Build APK (s).
Android Studio will now start creating your web app. And, you will see APK generated successfully message at the bottom left corner of the screen.
Click on Locate from the small window. And, file explorer will get open. You will find your Website based Android App with the “app-debug.apk” name. First move that file to your desktop, so you can easily access it.
To connect your Android Phone through USB. And, transfer the APK file to your Android Smartphone.
Open the APK file in your Android and tap on Install. Make sure unknown source permission is enabled.
If you’re using the latest android, you will get a popup window that is Blocked by Play Protect. Just tap on Install Anyway.
Next, send app for scanning window will appear, tap on Don’t Send.
That’s it, App will now get open. Make sure your device has an internet connection. Since this app is based on Website.
That’s it, so that’s how you can convert any Website into an Android App. Yes, you can even change the Android App icon. You can watch videos about it, or you just wait for our next article. The process might look complicated develop Android App. But by developing this simple WebView-based app you can start your Android development journey.
If you are facing any problems during this app development, leave a comment. Or, you can ask ChatGPT to help you fix the errors. However, if you follow all steps carefully, then you will able to build an error-free Android App.