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How to turn off ads on a Samsung phone

How to turn off ads on a Samsung phone
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Knowing how to turn off ads on a Samsung phone is one sure-fire way to get rid of the advert pop-ups that can make using Samsung's stellar phones a pain.

Unfortunately, there’s isn’t a guaranteed and straightforward way to stop the ads from appearing altogether. However, there are a few methods that will help manage the situation and reduce the number of pop-ups.

Below, we’ll walk you through the process of identifying and removing third-party apps that could be causing the issue as well as blocking pop-up ads through Google Chrome, Samsung Internet and more.

Keep in mind that the process may differ depending on the model and age of your Samsung phone.

How to turn off ads on a Samsung phone by finding apps that supply adverts

In order for ads to appear, third-party apps must be active on your device. And while there's no certain way to identify the exact apps that make ads appear on your Samsung phone, if you've just noticed the issue, it's worth taking a look at what apps you've been using recently.

The below method will help you eliminate the apps that you haven't used much and narrow down those that may be contributing to the ads appearing on your Samsung phone. 

1. First, launch the Google Play Store app through the main menu.

How to identify and remove apps that cause ads

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2. Next, tap on the three lines, which should appear in the upper left corner of your screen.

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3. Go ahead and select the "My apps & games" option to proceed.

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4. Next, tap on the Installed tab as shown in the image below.

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5. You should now see a list of all your installed applications. Go ahead and tap on the Alphabetical sorting option as shown below. 

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6. Next, tap on the Last Used option if available. You should now be able to view the apps that have been recently active, and you can delete those if you wish to do so. 

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How to turn disable pop-up ads in Google Chrome

1. Once you've launched Google Chrome, locate and select the three-dotted icon, which should appear in the upper right corner of your screen.

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2. In the drop-down menu, tap on the Settings option to proceed.

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3. Scroll down and select the Site settings option as shown below. 

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4. Go ahead and tap on the "Pop-ups and redirects" option.

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5. Now, make sure that the option is toggled off. It should appear grey, as indicated in the image below. 

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6. Go back into the Settings menu, scroll down and select Ads.

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7. Make sure that this option is toggled off too. Similar to the earlier step, the icon should change colors to grey once that's done. 

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How to block ads on Samsung Internet

1. First, launch the Samsung Internet app.

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2. Next, tap on the three lines, which should appear on in the bottom left corner of your screen.

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3. Go ahead and tap on the Settings option as shown below. 

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4. Scroll down and select the "Sites and downloads" option

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5. Next, locate the "Block pop-ups" option and make sure that it's toggled on.

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6. Return to the Samsung Internet menu and select Ad blockers.

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7. You can now pick and download any of the suggested ad blockers that would appear on your screen.

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How to turn off ads via Samsung Global Goals

If you happen to have Samsung Global Goals set up on your Galaxy smartphone, chances are you may have noticed some ads popping up on your lock screen while your device is charging. This could happen due to the feature being enabled while in charging mode. 

In order to turn off this setting, all you need to do is to head over to the Samsung Global Goals app > select Settings > toggle off Global Goals whilst charging.

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Denise Primbet

Denise is a news writer at Tom’s Guide covering all things tech, gaming software/hardware, streaming, and more. She regularly produces short-form news articles as well as long-form content, including reviews, buying guides, how-tos, and features. When she's not live-streaming horror games on Twitch, she can be found exploring East London while playing Pokemon Go. She’s also a part-time piano enthusiast and regularly experiments in the kitchen. You can reach her at denise.primbet@futurenet.com.