Few things are more annoying than when you settle in to read an interesting article you’ve found while surfing on your Android device only to have a ginormous pop-up fly around the screen and block your view. It’s time to make it stop.
While no pop-up blocking method is 100 percent foolproof, with the right security practices, you can keep most of the digital gnats away from you the next time you’re browsing the web on your Android phone. The method outlined below was tested in Android Nougat, but the process is exactly the same in Android Oreo, which is rolling out to Android devices now. Here are the steps you need to follow.
1. Open the Chrome, the default browser on Android.
2. Tap More (the three vertical dots) at the top-right of the screen.
3. Touch Settings.
4. Scroll down to Site settings.
5. Touch Pop-Ups to get to the slider that turns off pop-ups.
6. Touch the slider button again to disable the feature.
If you want more aggressive pop-up or advertisement blocking, then you’ll need to go with a third-party browser. Unlike Chrome for the desktop, the mobile version of Chrome for Android does not work with any plugins.
One offering is Ghostery, which is a popular blocker and privacy-focused extension. On Android, it comes in the form of a full-blown browser that gives you visibility of the types of trackers that are on websites. Here’s how to block pop-ups using that app. (Again, this method will work in Oreo just as it works in Nougat.)
1. Touch the Settings cog.
2. Touch Block Popups.
Additionally, you can go to Ghostery > Tracker Blocking Options and then select Block Everything for the most aggressive blocking option.
This will reduce the chance that you’ll see any pesky pop-ups that will ruin your mobile browsing experience.
Other browsers offer a similar function, but Ghostery has the most aggressive reputation at blocking nuisances like pop-ups. On the other hand, Google’s work with Chrome ensures it will likely be a fast option and integrate deeply with Android, so using that browser with blocking turned on is also a solid choice.