How to block popups on Android device

If you have an Android, you have probably been a victim of those annoying pop-up ads before. You were just innocently scrolling on your phone, perhaps looking to buy something, when suddenly your entire screen is taken over by a random ad. And when you try to close it, you accidentally click on the ad, which takes you to a completely different page. It’s annoying, wastes your time, and in some cases, can even be dangerous for your device and your private information.

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Follow these steps to block popups on your Android device.
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What are pop-up ads, and why am I getting them?

Pop-up ads are common on desktop computers, laptops, and Android devices (not typical for iOS mobile devices) and don’t always lead to something harmful. Many companies use them to drive sales of their products.

However, if you find that you are constantly receiving ads or being randomly redirected to other inaccurate sites without your consent, it is possible that some type of malware has been installed or the configuration of your browser has been changed without your knowledge. The good news is that there is a way to prevent this from happening, and the steps are pretty simple.

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How to stop pop up ads on your Android browser

If you are casually browsing on your Android device and an ad pops up, you can easily stop this from happening by adjusting a few settings in your web browser:

  • Open Chrome or whatever browser you’re using on your Android device
  • Click on the three dots in the upper-right corner and select settings
  • Under the Settings menu, select Location settings
  • In the Site Settings menu, select Pop-ups and redirects and turn off the function
  • If you also have ad notifications for certain products on your phone, turn them off by going back to the Site settings page and choosing notices.

There are cases when a pop-up ad appears on your Android device, and you tap on it unintentionally. If your phone starts opening a lot of tabs after this happens, there is a good chance that your device has been infected with adware. However, don’t worry. This problem can still be fixed.

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Please note that the settings may vary depending on the manufacturer of your Android phone.

  • Press and hold the power button on your Android device until it is selected turn it off sound

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  • Press and hold the power off button until it restarts safe mode popup option. He presses yes

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  • After restarting your device, go to the Settings app and select Apps and notifications

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Here’s where to go in the Android Settings app.
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  • Choose View all applications To find the infected app or apps

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Screenshot of the “Apps & notifications” screen on Android.
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  • Uninstall the infected app or apps or disable the permissions of the infected apps (notifications, tracking, etc.)

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Uninstall infected apps or disable permissions.
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  • From the Settings menu, select Play to protect and run Scan apps with Play Protect.

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Select “Play Protect” and turn on “Scan apps with Play Protect”.
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Protect your devices 24/7

While the above steps are helpful, you should still consider antivirus protection. Having an antivirus on your Android device gives you real-time protection and prevents you from clicking a malicious link that might install malware on your devices.

See my expert review of the best antivirus protection for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS by searching for “best antivirus” on CyberGuy.com by clicking the magnifying glass icon at the top of my website.

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