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How to Block Pop-up Ads on Android Devices

Hammad Faheem Feb 11, 2022
How to Block Pop-up Ads on Android Devices

Unnecessary pop-up ads are one of the most frustrating parts of using the internet. They are sometimes created with the idea of product marketing and may also contain virus if comes from an unreliable source. It’s bothersome when you are peacefully scrolling down on social media or watching a video, and then comes a pop-up ad that hijacks your browsing, may cause glitches, and can even link to malware.

Certainly, no one is interested in these ads unless they like advertisements popping up on their screens. Here, we have a solution for you. We will tell you how you can get rid of annoying pop-up ads on your Android devices.

1.     Block Chrome Ads

The very first step you can take if you want to get rid of pop-up ads is to disable them on Google Chrome. This is the best and simple option if Chrome is the default browser on your Android device.

How to do that?

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Tap on More.
  3. Go to Settings.
  4. Go to Site Settings.
  5. Block ads and pop-ups you wish to get rid of.

2.     Change Website Settings

Many websites earn from push notifications so if you allow website notification, it is impossible to not get pop-ads every now and then on your Android device. So, what can you do?

  1. Go to the browser
  2. Tap Menu
  3. Go to Settings
  4. Go to Site Settings and tap on it
  5. Press Notifications and move the toggle on the other side to disable ads

3.     Use Ad Blockers

One of the many ways of blocking unwanted ads is by using an ad blocker. For an android device, there is a large variety of ad blockers available in the Play Store. These ad blockers can block ads that pop up in games, apps, and other websites. So, choose an ad blocker of your choice, install it, and use it to get rid of the pop-ups and ads.

4.     Chrome Lite Mode

Google Chrome browser has a Lite mode for Android mobile devices which is created for fast webpage loading.

How can you use it?

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Scroll down
  3. Find the Lite mode and switch it

This Lite mode can also be used to minimize data use.

How to Recognize Malicious Pop-ups?

Pop-ups can also be malicious and introduce viruses to your Android devices. But, how can you identify them?

  1. They have many spelling mistakes, have strange symbols, unprofessional or immoral images, and contain exclamation marks. If that’s how your Android ad appears to be, change the browser settings and use robust antivirus software.
  2. These ads have weird phone numbers and links that redirect you to a new window in its web address.
  3. They say that you have won lottery money and lure you into clicking a link to check the money you have won.

There are many other signs as well. Nevertheless, even if one or two of them apply, it indicates that the pop-up is not just an ad and you need to be careful with that.

The Bottom Line

Pop-ups in Android devices can be very annoying. Unfortunately, there is no button with which you can get rid of all of them. Instead, you have to be smart in dealing with them on your Android device. With the given guideline, we hope you have learned how to block pop-up ads. Remember, it is always safe to never open pop-ads as they can be any adware, ransomware, or viruses you are unaware of.