How to remove ads from a Galaxy smartphone

How to remove ads from a Galaxy smartphone

Find out how to remove annoying or distracting adverts and pop-ups from your Galaxy smartphone. If you have noticed ads popping up on your lock screen, homepage or within applications on your Galaxy device this is likely to be caused by a third-party app. In order to remove these adverts, you will need to identify which app is causing the ads, then either disable the app or completely uninstall from your Galaxy device. Find out how to delete an app, by reading our FAQ How do I manage my apps? Alternatively, if the adverts are appearing in your web browser, you can block pop ups or download an Ad blocker.

Please note: Google Play permits apps to show ads as long as they comply with the Google Play policy and are displayed within the app serving them. Take care to only install reputable apps from the Google Play or Galaxy Store to avoid unwanted ads.

Identify and remove apps

Check recently installed apps

 

If the adverts have only recently popped up on your device, you can easily search through your recently installed applications from the Google Play Store and uninstall your most recent apps until the ads no longer appear on your device.

 

Check recently active apps

 

If the ads have been popping up for a while, there are a few settings to check which apps is the cause. You can try to identify the app causing the ads by checking which apps have been recently active.

 

In order to show the ad, the app will have been recently active on your device. Straight after the ad appears, go to the Google Play Store to see which apps have been recently active. This should help you narrow it down, especially if it shows an app that you know you haven't used recently.

1 Launch the Play Store app.
2 Tap the Menu icon.
Tap the Menu icon
3 Tap "My apps & games".
Tap My apps & games
4 Tap "Installed".
Tap the Installed tab at the top under the title
5 Tap "Alphabetical".
Tap the word Alphabetical
6 Tap "Last used".
 Choose to sort apps by Last used
7 Select one of the most recently used apps. Uninstall the app to see if the ads stop appearing on your device.

Use Safe Mode to test an app

 

If you would like to test whether a particular third-party application is causing the ads to appear on your device restart your device in Safe Mode.

Block pop-ups in Samsung Internet browser

Pop-up blockers are switched on by default on your Galaxy smartphone. However, not all pop-ups will be caught. Read on to find out how to use the settings in your internet browser to block pop-ups.

1 Open the Internet app.
2 Tap the Menu icon.
Tap the Menu icon (three horizontal lines)
3 Tap "Settings".
Tap Settings
4 Tap "Sites and downloads".
Tap Sites and downloads
5 Tap the switch to activate "Block pop-ups".
Tap the switch to activate Block pop-ups
Block pop-ups in Google Chrome
1 Open the Chrome app.
2 Tap the More options icon.
Tap the More options icon (three dots)
3 Tap "Settings".
Tap Settings
4 Scroll down, then tap "Site settings".
Tap Site settings
5 Tap "Pop-ups and redirects".
Tap Pop-ups and redirects
6 Tap the switch to deactivate "Pop-ups and redirects".
Tap the switch to deactivate Pop-ups and redirects
Download Ad blockers

Ad blockers prevent ads and pop-ups from appearing on the websites that you are visiting, giving you uninterrupted browsing and minimising the risks of malicious content. Removing ads from websites may change how they appear in your browser.

1 Open the Internet app.
2 Tap the Menu icon.
Tap the Menu icon (three horizontal lines)
3 Tap "Ad blockers".
Tap Ad blockers
4 Tap the Download icon next to your preferred Ad blocker.
Tap the Download icon next to the Ad blocker that you would like to download
5 Tap "Install".
Tap Install
6 Tap the switch next to the installed Ad blocker to activate or deactivate.
Tap the switch next to the installed Ad blocker to activate or deactivate
Clear the cache and cookies in your browser

Follow the steps described in the FAQ How do I use the Samsung Internet app to clear the cache and cookies in your internet browser.

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