How to install Java on Android

It is not possible to install Java on Android

All of the popular browsers on the Android platform do not support the Java plugin.

This means that if there is a website you are trying to access which uses Java Applets to run, unfortunately you're not going to be able to use it. However, Java Applets on websites are an extremely out-dated technology and are essentially non-existent on the modern internet. In fact, even modern web browsers on your computer don't really support Java applets any more. Chrome and Firefox no longer support the Java plugin either.

Doesn't Android use Java though?

This is a different sort of thing; we're talking about Java Applets which run on websites (simliar to how Flash used to be used back in the 1990s and 2000s). Java Applets used to add extra functionality to websites; perhaps an animated menu, a game or a video player.

Java is the most popular way for software developers to write the actual apps which you use on your phone or tablet; and this is very different to what we're talking about.

Fortunately websites have long stopped using Java applets, so you shouldn't need to worry about it.

Are you trying to enable JavaScript..?

If you've found this page because you're trying to use a website and it has told you that you need to enable JavaScript... then you're probably looking for our guide to Enable JavaScript instead.

JavaScript already exists in all web browsers; you might have just turned it off temporarily. Please follow our guides to re-enable it and you should be able to use the website you're having trouble with.

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