Are popup ads giving you a hard time? There’s no reason for you to suffer anymore. You can easily get rid of these intrusive adverts by following three easy steps. This works for both Android smartphones and tablets. Most times, just enabling a pop-up blocker makes things a whole lot better. But if you’re looking to create a strong, unbreakable defense against pop-up adverts, the following tips will get you sorted out.
Block Pop-Up Ads on your Browser
One of the easiest things you can do to combat pop-up ads is to block them on your browser. Simply launch your browser app and navigate to ‘Settings’. If you’re using Opera Browser, you should go on to ‘Advanced’ section and enable the ‘Block pop-ups’ option. The procedure is not so different on Chrome. Any good Smartphone browser should include the provision to disable pop-up ads.
Available on the Google Play Store, Adblock is an immensely useful tool that allows you to cut down on pop-up ads. There are no specific settings that you need to configure here, just install the app and you should be good to go.
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Install Adblock Plus (ABP)
This is the ultimate method to block ads on your android Smartphone or tablet. ABP uses ad-blockers (apps) to stonewall all types of adverts on your device. It’s an open source project that also provides users with the option to allow non-intrusive ads. And the beauty of it is that it works on both rooted and non-rooted devices. However, keep in mind that installed ad-blockers require that your device is set up to allow installations from unknown sources. It’s unsurprising that Google decided to remove all ad-block apps from the Play Store, so you have to sideload (install using an APK file).
- Launch the Settings app on your device and tap on the ‘Security’ option.
- Turn on ‘Unknown sources’ by tapping on the checkbox, then confirm by hitting ‘Ok’ in the popup that ensues.
- Your Android device should be all set up to install ad-blockers.
Configuring Adblock Plus
Once you download Adblock Plus for Android and install it on your device, you’ll need a few more configurations to make it work perfectly.
Note: If your device is rooted, you’ll be prompted to allow super user permissions to this app and then you should be good to go.
- On non-rooted Android handsets, manual proxy configurations are needed. The procedure varies depending on the version of Android that you’re running. Click here to find the right match for your device.
- Once you’ve keyed in the proxy configurations, Adblock Plus should be ready to start blocking ads. You can also specify more options and filters such as non-intrusive ads in the app’s Settings screen.
If you’re using Firefox as a browser on your Android device, Adblock Plus is also available as a firefox browser extension!
Blocking pop-ups on your android browser apps facilitates a faster browsing experience. However, allowing non-intrusive ads to get through using an app like Adblock plus allows you to find new things and other great apps. The combination of tactics highlighted in this article should help you keep aggressive ads in check, while also allowing in non-intrusive adverts.
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