How to Enable JavaScript on an Android Phone

By Dan Stone

If your Android phone's Web browser is configured to disable JavaScript, you're going to have an impaired Web viewing experience. Android phone Web browsers support the ability to toggle JavaScript. JavaScript compatibility is essential to viewing a magnitude of websites on the Internet. Android phones using version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich use Chrome as the default browser, whereas prior versions use the Web browser referred to as "Browser."

How to Enable JavaScript on an Android Phone's Browser

Step 1

Go to the "Apps" listing menu and touch the "Browser" icon.

Step 2

Touch the menu icon in the Browser window or tap the physical Menu button on the phone if applicable.

Step 3

Select "Settings" from the menu. You may have to select "More" and then "Settings" on some devices.

Step 4

Touch the "Advanced" option.

Step 5

Tap the box next to "Enable JavaScript" and back out of the menu to enable JavaScript functionality.

How to Enable JavaScript on an Android Phone in Chrome

Step 1

Go to the "Apps" listing menu and touch the "Chrome" icon.

Step 2

Tap the three-dot Menu icon and select the "Settings" option.

Step 3

Scroll down the screen to the "Advanced" section and choose "Content settings" from the list.

Step 4

Tap the box next to "Enable JavaScript" and back out of the menu to enable JavaScript functionality.

Tips & Warnings

  • According to Web programming resource site W3Schools.com, JavaScript is the most popular programming language in the world and is used commonly to manipulate Web page elements and validate data.
  • JavaScript pertains to Web browsers in the Android and is controlled on the app level and not the operating system level. You can disable JavaScript on Android devices using the same process by unchecking the "Enable JavaScript" box instead. The Android 4.0 and later process remains the same on all devices at least through Android 4.4. While Chrome is the default browser in Android 4.0 and up, some Android 4.0 and up devices include both Chrome and Browser.
  • Some users opt to disable JavaScript on their Android devices to improve Web browsing speed or access sites with JavaScript errors that crash the Web browser app. Android Web browsers enable JavaScript by default.
  • Without JavaScript, you can't do things like log in to a site or fill out a "contact us" form. For example, you can't access Gmail's Web browser client when JavaScript is disabled. By enabling JavaScript, it's possible that pages with JavaScript programming errors can cause Browser or Chrome to crash. Disable JavaScript to view problematic sites. If the homepage causes Browser or Chrome to crash immediately when opened, try disabling Wi-Fi before opening the browser so you can access the settings to either disable JavaScript or change the homepage.