Owner: Louis Zawadzki


  • A React Native application with a WebView
  • Safari if you want to debug on an iOS device

Steps iOS (~2min)

  • Run your app on your iOS simulator
  • Open Safari
  • Enable the "Develop" menu:
    • Pull down the "Safari" menu and choose "Preferences"
    • Click on the "Advanced" tab
    • Check the box next to "Show Develop menu in menu bar"
  • Pull down the "Develop" menu
  • Click on "Simulator" that should be right below your computer
  • Select your WebView in the menu

Steps Android (~3min)

  • In your android/app/src/main/java/com/applilabchatbot/ add import android.webkit.WebView; in the imports and the following line in your onCreate method:
public void onCreate() {
SoLoader.init(this, /* native exopackage */ false);
+ WebView.setWebContentsDebuggingEnabled(true);
  • Launch your app
  • Open Chrome
  • Select your WebView under your device name

Common WebViews pitfalls

  • To inject Javascript you have to set your WebView's javaScriptEnabled prop to true
  • On Android, you can't use arrow functions in the injected javascript
  • window.postMessage might not be available straight away in your injected Javascript, to make sure it's the case you can wrap your injected code by a setTimeout like this:
setTimeout(function() {
/* your injected js goes here */
}, 0)