#FridayHacks: How to Stop Pop-Ups on Android

Many Zimbabweans use third party mobile applications such as WhatsApp ++ or Gb WhatsApp but these applications do not come “free” as pop-up adware is the ultimate price users pay for downloading these free applications which can be very annoying when running applications on mobile data bundles.

But there are ways people can use to stop ginormous pop-ups from flying around the screen and blocking one’s view.

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.

Here are a couple of ways to block pop-ups

Open the Chrome, the default browser on Android.
Tap More (the three vertical dots) at the top-right of the screen.
Touch Settings.
Scroll down to Site settings.
Touch Pop-Ups to get to the slider that turns off pop-ups.
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 currently does not work with any plugins. However, alternatives like Firefox and Samsung Internet do.
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.
Touch the Settings cog.
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.
While it is a good idea to block ads, some websites do not work when ads are completely blocked.

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