How to Enable JavaScript on Android

Although some of the biggest advantages of Android devices are their endless customization options, this can also be a hindrance at times, particularly when your device’s browser comes with JavaScript disabled as a default. This setting can end up being quite detrimental to your browsing experience, not allowing you to load websites properly, or even blocking you from playing videos in the browser.

Thankfully, JavaScript can be enabled on your device quite quickly and easily, giving you the opportunity to browse the web to the full extent. Here’s how you can do it:

Enabling JavaScript in your device’s built-in browser

If you’re using the default internet browser that came with your device, you can enable JavaScript there by following the steps below:

  1. Open your device’s Apps section, and then tap on the browser icon once you locate it. The app will most commonly be called ‘Internet’ and have a planet-resembling icon.
  2. After the browser app is opened, press the Menu icon (usually three lines or dots).
  3. Here, tap on Settings.
  4. Find a section called Sites and Downloads (or something similar). You might need to go to Advanced settings in order to locate it.
  5. In this section, you should find an Allow JavaScript setting. Simply make sure the switch next to this setting is toggled on, in order to enable JavaScript.

Enabling JavaScript in the Google Chrome Android app

In case you’re using Google Chrome on your device as your preferred web browser, you can enable JavaScript in that app by following these steps:

  1. Open the Google Chrome application on your Android device.
  2. Tap on the Menu icon (three vertical dots) in the upper-right corner.
  3. Here, tap on Settings.
  4. In the Advanced section, select the Site Settings option.
  5. Here, tap on JavaScript.
  6. Now, simply make sure the switch next to this setting is toggled on, in order to enable JavaScript. The toggle will then appear blue, and the setting will display the word ‘Allowed’, instead of ‘Blocked’.

While the exact names of settings and sections might differ from one device to another, the process for enabling JavaScript on your Android is still quite similar, and can be achieved by following this guide.

In case you ever want to go back and disable JavaScript on your device in the future, you can do so by following these exact steps, but only choosing to toggle off the switch next to the JavaScript setting.