How to Block Pop-up Ads on Android

While Android is really great at personalization, it opens up a lot of doors for apps to misleadingly take permissions and use those permissions to force ads. This is one of the reasons why you may see full-screen pop-up ads on Android devices. However, there are some easy ways to disable such intrusive ads. In this article, I have shared some simple and straightforward steps to block popup ads on Android. However, I also mentioned ways to minimize intrusive ads in Chrome. However, let’s start the article without delay.

Block Pop-up Ads on Android

The steps outlined below will work on all Android versions including: Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo and latest OS versions. You can also stop redirects to spammy websites, remove deceptive links, and generally improve Chrome’s security by following these steps. Now having said that, let’s go through the steps.

1. If you are getting full screen popup ads all of a sudden, there must be some rogue apps that use special Android permission to send full screen ads to your screen. To find the culprit, open the Settings page and Search for “View over other apps”. Open now. If your device is on Nougat or later, search for “See on top” or “Display overlay”.

2. On the next page, tap on the same menu and you will get a list of apps to have this special permission. Allows apps to display or display a popup above other apps.

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3. Now browse the application list and disable suspicious apps. If you can’t catch the culprit, disable all apps at once and start allowing them one by one, starting with the trusted ones. Once you find the culprit app, uninstall the app completely or disable the permission if the app is necessary for you.

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4. If you are using Chrome on Android, you may encounter full-screen and intrusive ads while surfing the web. To block such pop-up ads, open Chrome and go to Settings. Scroll down here and Open “Site Settings”.

How to Block Pop-up Ads on Android

5. Next, Open “Pop-ups and redirects” and make sure toggle is disabled.

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6. Go back again and Open “Ads” and disable the toggle. This will block intrusive or deceptive ads.

How to Block Pop-up Ads on Android

7. You can also: Enable “Simple Mode” or “Data Saver” mode From the settings page. It loads web pages from Google’s servers, thus removing all unnecessary elements such as pop-up ads, heavy ad banners and misleading links.

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Completely Stop Fullscreen Pop-up Ads on Android

This is how you can block pop-up ads on Android and Chrome. As I said above, most of the time, it is some application that uses special permissions and displays intrusive ads on the screen. However, you can easily configure the settings and disable the permission completely. So that’s it from us. If you are still getting ads on your screen all of a sudden, comment below and let us know the problem in detail.