Pop-up ads are annoying enough on the desktop, but even worse on a mobile device with limited screen size. If you are tired of pop-ups spoiling your phone experience, we will explain how to stop pop-up ads on your Android phone.
Pop-up ads usually come in one of three forms:
- While browsing the web
- Full screen ads in apps
- Notification area ads
Let’s discuss each of them to help you beat Android pop-up ads.
1.Stop Android Pop-ups in Your Browser
If the sites you visit regularly serve pop-up ads, you can turn them off or disable them in several ways.
Chrome’s Built-in Pop-up Blocker Options
Since Chrome is the default Android browser and you probably use it frequently, it makes sense to firstly disable pop-up windows there. Making a quick setting will completely disable pop-ups.
Turn pop-ups on or off
- Open the Chrome app on your Android phone or tablet .
- Tap More Settings to the right of the address bar .
- Tap Site settings Pop-ups and redirects .
- Set the Pop-ups and redirects option to Allowed or Block .
Do not allow pop-ups on a specific site
Not all pop-ups are ads or spam. Web sites that work properly display web content in pop-up windows.
- Open the Chrome app on your Android phone or tablet .
- Go to a page where pop-ups are blocked.
- Tap Always show at the bottom .
Try Another Android Browser
If you can’t get rid of the pop-ups in Chrome, you may want to consider using another browser. You will find many options in the Play Store designed to block malicious pop-ups and provide a hassle-free interface.
2.Block Fullscreen Pop-up Ads on Android
We figured out how to stop pop-ups from appearing in your browser. So what about the ads that pop up on your phone while using other apps or just browsing your home screen?
Pop-ups on a Specific Application
If you see pop-ups while using a particular game or app then chances are the current app is the culprit. In such cases, you need to decide whether the app is still worth using despite the ads.
Ads help developers monetize free apps, but you might not want to put up with intrusive pop-ups.
To stop pop-up ads inside an app, you can usually buy the Professional or ad-free versions of the app.
You’ll often see these as in-app purchases, but they’re sometimes a separate download on Google Play. Unfortunately, not every developer offers them.
Besides rooting your device, the only way to block popups within an app is to stop using it. You can switch your phone to airplane mode to stop ads in any app or game, but this won’t work if it requires internet access to play.
Pop-ups From Unknown Sources
To get started, check out the apps you’ve just installed if pop-ups are a new development. Maybe one of them is malicious and causing pop-ups.
Some categories of apps, such as system cleaners, wallpaper collections, and flashlights, are often full of ads and could be a problem. Check out the latest reviews for apps you’re not sure about and see if other users are complaining about pop-ups. Uninstall problematic apps and see if the pop-ups persist.
If this doesn’t fix the problem, the next step is to check which apps have permission to appear in other apps. Visit Settings> Apps & notifications> Advanced> Special app access> View above other apps . Here you will see all installed apps that you have allowed to show even when you are not using them.
Look at the list here and see if anything is suspicious. Some apps have a valid reason to draw others. For example, you might have a Quick Reply box in your SMS app, or you can use a password manager that populates other apps. But if you see something here that shouldn’t have permission, tap it and set the Allow views on other apps option to Off .
Scan for Android Malware
If you have an issue with pop-ups after uninstalling shady apps and getting permission to view via other apps, you should scan for infections. This is especially important if you have installed apps from outside of Google Play. Downloading applications from dubious sources can cause problems more easily.
You do not need a permanently installed antivirus application on your phone. But if you’ve reached this point and still suffer from pop-ups, it’s worth installing one just to browse. Malwarebytes for Android is a reputable choice; do a download and run a scan to check for infection. You don’t have to pay for the premium service.
3.How to Stop Notification Pop-up Pop-up
While not technically pop-up windows, notification ads are still problematic and annoying. If you see spam notifications in your notification area, a quick turn of a switch can turn them off for good. These instructions differ slightly depending on the version of Android you are using.
To open your notification area, pull down from the top of your screen and long press on that notification. You should see the name of the application responsible for this. Tap the i icon on the circle icon to view the app’s information .
On any new version of Android you can also tap Settings> Apps & notifications> See all X apps and tap the name of the app to open those settings.
Once there, tap the Notifications entry to change the settings for the app’s notifications . You can disable certain notification types in Android Oreo and later versions. On each Android version, you can disable all notifications for an app by turning the slider off.
If you don’t want to hide every notification in an app but don’t have detailed options in Settings, you have to dive into the app’s custom settings. Look for a gear icon or a three-dot menu with a settings entry. A Notifications header may have an option to disable some notifications, but you can disable some notifications.
For example, to disable the IMDb app’s annoying trailer notifications, you need to tap the person icon in the top right corner, then the three-dot menu, then Settings . Choose Notifications Settings and you can disable ads.