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Quickstart: Android WebView


WebView is not recommended

We recommend using our native mobile SDKs (Android, iOS) instead of WebView. WebView integrations experience lower conversion due to reduced performance. Support for WebView integration is only available for Enterprise customers.

For more information, see Native mobile integration vs. WebView.

Below are some code snippets to get you integrating with the WebView API as soon as possible.


Example WebView on Android in Sandbox mode

Demo App

If you just want to kick the tires on the WebView, we have an open source example app available at persona-id/persona-android-webview that you can clone and open in Android Studio.

# If you want to build and install the demo app from the command line:
git clone
cd persona-android-webview
./gradlew installDebug

Example Code

To launch the WebView, create a WebView and pass in query parameters specified in WebView Flow.

// inside Activity#onCreate
// assuming some WebView called "webView"
WebSettings settings = webView.getSettings();

final Uri personaUrl = new Uri.Builder()
    .appendQueryParameter("is-webview", "true")
    .appendQueryParameter("template-id", "<your template ID starting with itmpl_>")
    .appendQueryParameter("environment-id", "<your environment ID starting with env_>")
    // optional - specify theme for new inquiry
    // .appendQueryParameter("theme-id", "the_Z7S2Ltor9fp2oEGXMLXBPsHa")

Handling Permissions

Be sure to add the required permissions for your use case to your AndroidManifest file. For example:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA" />

See in our sample app.

In addition to adding to the Manifest file, you'll need to override onPermissionRequest and onShowFileChooser depending on your use case. See an example below.

// set fields on your Activity
public static final int INPUT_FILE_REQUEST_CODE = 1;
private static final int CAMERA_PERMISSION_REQUEST = 1111;
private PermissionRequest cameraPermission;
private ValueCallback<Uri[]> filePathCallback;
private String cameraPhotoPath;

public void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
  if (requestCode != INPUT_FILE_REQUEST_CODE || filePathCallback == null) {
    super.onActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, data);

  Uri[] results = null;

  // Check that the response is a good one
  if (resultCode == Activity.RESULT_OK) {
    if (data == null) {
      // If there is not data, then we may have taken a photo
      if (cameraPhotoPath != null) {
        results = new Uri[] { Uri.parse(cameraPhotoPath) };
    } else {
      String dataString = data.getDataString();
      if (dataString != null) {
        results = new Uri[] { Uri.parse(dataString) };

  filePathCallback = null;

// in the Activity#onCreate method
webView.setWebChromeClient(new WebChromeClient() {
  public void onPermissionRequest(final PermissionRequest request) {
    if (request.getOrigin().toString().equals("")) {
          new String[] { Manifest.permission.CAMERA }, CAMERA_PERMISSION_REQUEST);
      cameraPermission = request;
    } else {
  public boolean onShowFileChooser(
    WebView webView, ValueCallback<Uri[]> newFilePathCallback,
    FileChooserParams fileChooserParams) {

    if (filePathCallback != null) {
    filePathCallback = newFilePathCallback;

    Intent takePictureIntent = new Intent(MediaStore.ACTION_IMAGE_CAPTURE);
    if (takePictureIntent.resolveActivity(getPackageManager()) != null) {
      // Create the File where the photo should go
      File photoFile = null;
      // Create an image file name
      String timeStamp = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyyMMdd_HHmmss", Locale.US).format(new Date());
      String imageFileName = "JPEG_" + timeStamp + "_";
      File storageDir =
      try {
        photoFile = File.createTempFile(imageFileName, ".jpg", storageDir);
      } catch (IOException ex) {
        // Error occurred while creating the File

      // Continue only if the File was successfully created
      if (photoFile != null) {
        cameraPhotoPath = "file:" + photoFile.getAbsolutePath();
      } else {
        takePictureIntent = null;

    Intent contentSelectionIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_GET_CONTENT);

    Intent[] intentArray;
    if (takePictureIntent != null) {
      intentArray = new Intent[] { takePictureIntent };
    } else {
      intentArray = new Intent[0];

    Intent chooserIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_CHOOSER);
    chooserIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_INTENT, contentSelectionIntent);
    chooserIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_TITLE, "Image Chooser");
    chooserIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_INITIAL_INTENTS, intentArray);

    startActivityForResult(chooserIntent, INPUT_FILE_REQUEST_CODE);

    return true;

// overwriting your AppCompatActivity's #onRequestPermissionsResult
public void onRequestPermissionsResult(int requestCode, @NonNull String[] permissions,
    @NonNull int[] grantResults) {
  super.onRequestPermissionsResult(requestCode, permissions, grantResults);
  if (requestCode == CAMERA_PERMISSION_REQUEST) {
    if (grantResults[0] == PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED) {
    } else {

Handling the callback redirect

On a successful or canceled inquiry flow, Persona will redirect to the redirectUri specified on when launching the flow, or "personacallback" if no custom redirectUri is specified. You can retrieve the query parameters specified in Redirecting On Complete or Cancel on the redirectUri.

public boolean shouldOverrideUrlLoading(WebView view, String url) {
  Uri parsedUri = Uri.parse(url);
  if (Objects.equals(parsedUri.getAuthority(), "personacallback")) {
    // User succeeded verification or `inquiryID` is `null`
    String inquiryId = parsedUri.getQueryParameter("inquiry-id");
    // ... do something with the inquiryId
    return true;
  } else {
    return false;