How to Stop Pop-Up Ads on Android

Get rid of annoying ads on your smartphone or tablet

Android smartphone on a map

Pixabay

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, and the Opera browser.

Instructions in this article apply to all smartphones and tablets running Android 7 (Nougat) or 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 the Chrome settings.

  1. Open the Chrome app.

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

  3. Tap Settings.

    Chrome app icon, menu button, Settings button on Android
  4. Tap Site settings.

  5. Tap Pop-ups and redirects.

  6. Turn on the Pop-ups and redirects toggle switch.

    Site settings, Pop-ups and redirects, toggle in Chrome settings on Android
  7. Go back to Site Settings and tap Ads.

  8. Turn on the Ads toggle switch.

    Site settings, Ads, Ads toggle in Chrome settings on Android

Alternatively, 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 the browser starting with Firefox version 42. To block ads, use a feature called private browsing.

  1. Open the Firefox app and tap the Menu icon (the three stacked dots to the right of the address bar).

  2. Tap New private tab.

    Firefox icon, dot menu, New private tab on Android
  3. In the new private window, browse ad-free.

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

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

  1. Launch the Samsung Internet app and tap the Menu icon (the three stacked lines).

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. In the Advanced section, tap Sites and downloads.

    Smasung INternet browser menu, Setting icon, Sites and downloads button
  4. Turn on the Block pop-ups toggle switch.

    Block pop-ups toggle ON for Samsung Internet app

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

Unlike the other browsers, Opera doesn't require any settings to be enabled to block pop-ups. This browser has a built-in ad-blocker that runs when the browser is used, so there's no need to modify any settings.

If you want to block pop-ups because your phone is performing slower than usual, clear the Android device's cache and uninstall old apps.