Encountering frequent pop-ups on your phone is annoying. Not only are they a distraction, but they frequently slow your device down. Nobody wants pop-ups on their phone, but it’s an issue that Android users keep facing.

The good news is you can prevent pop-ups from popping up. And in this article, we will show you how  to locate apps causing pop-ups and how you can fix them. At the same time, we will also teach you how you can eliminate pop-ups on your phone once and for all.

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How do You Find Apps Causing Pop-Ups?

There isn’t one specific way to do this. You need to be a little clever with your phone; try all the methods discussed below, and at least one of these methods will help you locate the offender.

Do a Manual Check

The first thing is to ask yourself is when the pop-ups started on your phone. Remember the app(s) you recently downloaded? They could be the culprit.

You can also open the recent apps tab (double click on the home button on most phones) and then see the applications you have been using. In some phones like Samsung, there would be a square icon alongside the home button. In other devices, you will need to touch and drag the home button halfway up the screen to reveal the list of recent apps.

Check the reviews of the main suspects in the Google Playstore. Most of the time, you will find the apps causing you annoyance.

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Use Notifications to Lead You to the App

If you are getting unwanted notifications along with pop-ups, it will be easier for you to find the problem. When you get a notification, long press on it, until you see the ‘i’ (Information sign) option.

When you tap on it, it will take you to the App Settings screen, where you can see which application is causing the ad. There, you will be able to see the apps permission, which notifications and contacts. You can tap and turn off these notifications.

In some cases, pop-ups may also have an overview button next to them. Sometimes, the overview button would be fake – rather than taking you to the settings tab, they lead you to a malicious website that the pop-up generators so badly want you to visit.

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Check Which Apps are Currently Running

If your recent tab is empty and the pop-ups still don’t stop, you need to check for apps running in the background. There are two ways of doing it:

Using App Settings

Open Settings on your phone. Then, go to Apps (Apps & Notifications) > All Apps > Running. You will see a list of apps currently running on your phone. If you are uncertain if a specific application is causing these pop ups, tap on it and Force Stop it. If the pop-ups stop, then the app is the culprit, and you can decide what to do with it.

While stopping apps, make sure you don’t stop system applications, as it may cause your phone to crash.

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Using Developer Options

Activating Developer Options is a little advanced. Instead of viewing running apps, you can see the services that the applications have been running. Pop-ups are also services, and sometimes their suspicious names can help you to detect and address them.

For this way to work, you first need to enable the Developer Options. The process is different for every device, and the best way for you would be to Google your phone model or go through your device’s manual.

In most cases, you need to go to Settings > About Phone and tap on the build number several times. You will get a notification saying that the Developer Options have been enabled.

After enabling Developer Options, again, go to Settings on your phone. Then, touch on Developer Options. Scroll until you see Process Statistics or Settings, and select System > Advanced > Developer Options > Running Services. Instead of Running Services, you may also find Processes and Processes Stats.

There, you will see a list of processes. If something resembles or seems to resemble a pop-up service, you may stop it.

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To find out more about viewing and stopping background apps for various software, click on How to Stop Apps from Running in the Background.

Download Third-Party Applications

If you have tried all the above steps and still get irritating ads, you may find some luck by downloading relevant third-party applications. These tools can tell you which apps are showing advertisements on your device, and some can also block them.

An excellent place to start would be Pop Up Ad Detector, which can detect the origin of Lock screen ads, Home screen ads, and Notification bar ads. It can also tell where ads over other apps originate.

Other decent tools for detecting pop-ups include Goclean, AppWatch, and Popup ADs Detector.

Check for Malware and Adware

Malware is a program intentionally designed to hamper the normal functioning of a device to benefit the malware creator. They make their way into various devices without the owner knowing, and then slow down or upset the system they are in. In some cases, malware are intended for illegal activities like stealing credit cards, or blocking phones and asking for ransoms.

In the case of ads, people with malicious intent can inject adware onto your phone, which will force your device to show ads that you are not interested in. The malware creator makes money every time you are “forced” to view these ads.

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You can check for malware in your device by checking the app list or installing anti-virus programs. We have another article dedicated to this: How to Remove Malware from Android.

Question: Is Your Phone from Xiaomi?

Redmi phones run on ads. The brand sells phones with great features and they are cheaper than its competitors. However, Redmi phone owners are shown third-party ads on their devices to compensate for their low price points. If your concern is about ads showing in Redmi phones, you have nothing to worry about. They are a normal part of the Redmi business model.

Redmi phones only show ads when there is an internet connection, and they don’t overdo it. Ads on Redmi also don’t disturb the normal functioning of the phone or slow the device down.

How to Prevent Pop-Up Ads on Your Phone?

Once you fix the Android apps causing pop-ups on your phone, you need to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Here are some points for you to remember to avoid too many pop-ups on your Android phone:

  • Only download applications from credible sources. Before downloading an app, ensure that it is not spam. There may be many alternative app download stores for Android, but it is always good to stick with Google Playstore.
  • Always check the reviews before installing an app from Google Playstore. In many cases, if an app shows many pop-ups, people would have mentioned it in the review section.
  • Sometimes, it may not be an app that is showing the pop-ups. It may be because of the websites you have visited with your browser. Make sure you only visit sites that have “https” and not just “http” on the front and don’t click on unnecessary advertisements on your browser.
  • Download and install a proper anti-virus application on your phone. You will find plenty of them, both paid and unpaid, on Google Playstore. Download one with excellent reviews and you will be good to go.

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Apps causing pop-ups is a prevalent issue in Android. You can address the matter quickly if you find culpable application. Go through the list of all recent apps running in your device and kill those that are making you see the advertisements that you don’t want. If you can’t manually find these disruptive apps, you can always download a third-party tool that hunts them down.

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