How to block pop-up adverts on Android

Nowadays most desktop browsers block pop-ups and unwanted advertisements as a matter of course, but what about blocking on Android?

Blocking adverts is easy if you know how to do it. Here’s how to block pop-up adverts on Android.

It’s subtly different, depending on which Android browser you use, so here’s a step-by-step guide to each one.

How to block pop-up adverts on the Android Browser

  1. Open the Android web browser
  2. Open up the app’s settings. This is usually by the “three dots” (⋮) menu button but will vary by manufacturer.
  3. Press “Advanced”.
  4. Tick the box labeled “Block pop-ups”

How to block pop-up adverts on Chrome for Android

  1. Open Chrome on Android.
  2. Open up Chrome’s settings by tapping the “three dots” (⋮) icon in the top right, and then tapping “settings”.

  3. On the screen that opens up, scroll down to “Site settings” and press it.
  4. Scroll down to “Pop-ups” and press it to enable or disable pop-ups.

Alternatively, Opera for Android comes with pop-up blocking built-in and switched on as default, and also has a rather clever way of compressing pages to ensure your data allowance doesn’t get chewed through when out and about. You can download it free of charge here.

Remove Applications

Some applications that are available in the Google Play Store will spam your phone. Making it difficult to answer calls or use other apps, these downloads need to be removed.

To remove Apps:

  1. Swipe down from the top of your phone and access the ‘Settings’ cog
  2. Scroll down and tap on ‘Apps’
  3. Scroll through the list of apps and tap on the ones you’d like to delete
  4. Tap ‘Uninstall’ for each problem app

Knowing which applications that are causing the adds and pop-ups can be difficult. These apps are usually launchers, utility apps such as flashlights, and call blocking applications. Removing these types of applications will not only remove the annoying pop-ups, but you may notice your phone is running faster with more battery life.

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