You’ve probably wondered more than once how to stop pop-up ads on your Android phone. They’re usually pesky and they prevent you from actually reading the site you wanted to visit in the first place. Then you end up closing the browser altogether because you can’t even use it anymore.
However, now there are endless options for getting rid of pop-up ads, to improve your browsing experience and even save you a couple of bucks on your bill.
So let’s discover together the three most used methods we found to prevent pop-up ads on your Android phone!
Method 1 – How to stop pop-up ads on Chrome
A. How to get rid of pop-ups using Settings on Chrome
If you have an Android phone, you’re probably using Google Chrome. So let’s take advantage of the browser’s built-in settings for removing those annoying pop-up ads:
Open the Chrome App.
Click More – the three dots aligned vertically – then select Settings.
Scroll down a bit and click Site Settings.
Tap on Pop-ups and redirects.
Click on the slider to turn off the feature.
There you go! All you have to do now is browse – you’ll notice that most pop-ups will be automatically blocked.
B. How to disable pop-up ads using Chrome Data Saver mode
Open the Chrome App.
Tap on More – the three dots mentioned above – and go to Settings.
Press Site Settings, then select Data Saver.
Turn on the Data Saver slider.
3, 2, 1, browse! With the Data Saver enabled, Chrome compresses pages before downloading them, so it minimizes the number of pop-up ads that show up.
Method 2 – How to stop pop-up ads with other browsers
Perhaps you want to switch-up your browsing style a little while blocking pop-up ads. So we’re going to recommend the best options for you.
A. How to remove pop-up ads with Opera and Opera-mini browsers
Download and install the app.
The main difference between these two browsers is the size they occupy – Opera Mini only takes 7.42MB from your space, compared to the 27.77MB that Opera takes.
If you want to know more about browsers that are more friendly to your RAM, check out our list of 7 lightweight browsers.
For both browsers, all you have to do is enable or disable the Ad-blocking feature, by clicking on it.
Bonus: just like Chrome, Opera has the feature of Data Saving, from which you can manually block some of the pop-up ads.
B. How to stop pop-up ads with AdBlock Browser
D. How to prevent pop-up ads with Firefox Focus
Open Google Play store and install the app.
Tap on More and then select Settings.
Select Privacy & Security.
The main tracker you want to block is the Ads one. If you want even more control, you can block the other trackers available, but the pages you access might behave in an unexpected way if you do so.
E. How to stop pop-up ads with CM Browser
Method 3 – How to stop pop-up ads with 3rd party apps
If you want the best of both worlds – keep your favorite browser and also get rid of pop-up ads, then you should use 3rd party apps.
A. How to disable pop-up ads with AdGuard
This app generally works with Yandex and Samsung browsers, but you can also download the apk to make it work with your own browser.
Go to the developers’ site and download the apk. After the file has been downloaded, press install.
You can download the app from the official website here.
After the app is installed, just tap the slider to turn on protection against pop-up ads.
Note: For more advanced features, this app has also a premium subscription.
B. How to block pop-up ads with AdAway
The same as with AdGuard, you can install this app manually on your phone by downloading the apk. We’ll show you how.
Go to the developers’ s website and download the apk, then press Install.
Click here to download it.
Press the Enable Ad-blocking button.
Note: this app might require you to root your device.
If you want more information on this topic, you might find interesting this list of Best Android Ad Blockers.
What other people ask
Do ad blockers slow down your browser?
Opera claims that with its ad blocking feature, the browser works about 50% faster than Google Chrome with AdBlock Plus (only available for Samsung). So technically speaking, since ads are more and more bloated and the size of webpages keeps growing, it is normal that with an adblocker, your browser will work faster than without one.
Do AdBlockers work on YouTube?
Not anymore. We’ve noticed that even with an adblocker, ads still run on YouTube and lately – when you have pop-up ads blocked- the skip feature disappears, technically forcing you to watch the entire add, no matter how many minutes long it is.
How do you disable the AdBlock on a webpage?
Most adblocker apps have the option to whitelist a site, so all you have to do is select that option for the respective website and hit refresh. You can either keep the setting for a one-time visit or forever.
How do I block pop-up ads in apps?
You will need a VPN ad blocker, like Opera Free VPN. If you want to know more about this, check out our list of 4 Best Android Browsers with VPN. Also, we have a list of Best Free VPN Apps for Android, if you’d rather use an app for that.
If you want to block a certain website, this guide about How to Block Websites on Android will surely help you!
Removing pop-up ads on Android? Easy as 1-2-3!
If you wanted to make your browsing experience more pleasant, help your browser stop freezing or even just hoped to save a couple of bucks on the internet bill, any method presented above is sure to help you get what you need.
Which method worked best for you? Share your experience with us in the comments below!