How to Stop Pop-Up Ads on Android

Get rid of annoying ads on your smartphone or tablet

Blocking pop-up ads can do more than just save you from frustration; it can also keep your device safe from malware and other viruses. Learn how to block pop-ups on Android with incognito mode using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Samsung Internet, or the Opera browser.

Instructions in this article apply to all smartphones and tablets running Android 7 (Nougat) and later unless otherwise noted.

How to Block Pop-Up Ads on Android Using Google Chrome

If Chrome is your preferred browser, the solution to blocking pop-up ads is in your Chrome settings:

  1. Open the Chrome app.

  2. Tap the Menu icon (the three vertical dots) to the right of the address bar.

    Open Chrome and tap the Menu icon (the three vertical dots) to the right of the address bar.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Tap settings.
  4. Tap Site settings.

    Tap Site settings.
  5. Tap Pop-ups and redirects and change the setting to Blocked.

    Tap Pop-ups and redirects, then enable it to block the pop-ups
  6. Depending on the version of your Chrome browser, you may also have a separate option to block ads. Make sure to check this option as well.

    If you have a separate option to block ads, enable this setting to block them as well.
  7. Enjoy you Chrome browser free of pop-ups.

Alternatively, you can browse in incognito mode in Google Chrome to avoid seeing pop-ups.

How to Block Pop-Up Ads on Android Using Mozilla Firefox

Firefox also offers a way to block ads from within the browser itself starting with Firefox version 42. In order to accomplish this, you need to use a feature called Private browsing:

  1. Open the Firefox app and tap the Menu icon to the right of the address bar.

    Open the Firefox app and tap the Menu icon to the right of the address bar.
  2. Tap New private tab.

    Tap New private tab.
  3. Once the new private window launches, you can browse ad free.

How to Stop Pop-Up Ads on Android Using Samsung Internet

The steps for getting rid of the annoying pop-ups on the Samsung Internet browser are very similar to Google Chrome:

  1. Launch the Samsung Internet app and tap the Menu icon to the right of the address bar.

    Launch the Samsung Internet app and tap the Menu icon to the right of the address bar.
  2. Tap Settings.

    Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Advanced under Internet settings.

    Tap Advanced under Internet settings.
  4. Ensure Pop-up blocker is enabled under Advanced.

    Ensure Pop-up blocker is enabled under Advanced to block ads in the Samsung Internet browser.
  5. Enjoy your browser without pop-up ads.

How to Get Rid of Pop-Ups on Android Using Opera

Unlike the other browsers, Opera doesn't require you to enable any setting to block pop-ups. This browser has a built-in ad-blocker that constantly runs when the browser is being used, meaning there's no need for the user to modify any settings. Launch Opera to enjoy a pop-up free browsing experience.

The Opera browser home screen running on an Android device.

If you're trying to block pop-ups because your phone is performing slower than usual, you may want to also look into clearing your Android device's cache and uninstalling old apps.