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How To Stop Inappropriate Ads on Apps

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Are you frustrated with seeing inappropriate ads constantly while using different apps? Luckily, you can stop them on your device with a few workarounds.

Quick Answer

To stop inappropriate ads on apps, open Play Store, search “Adblocker Plus,” tap “Adblock Browser: Fast & Secure,” select “Install,” and launch the app.

To help you with this task, we’ve written an extensive guide on how to stop inappropriate ads on apps with easy-to-follow instructions.

Stopping Inappropriate Ads on Apps

If you don’t know how to stop inappropriate app ads, our following 4 step-by-step methods will help you get this done without breaking a sweat!

Method #1: Using Third-Party Apps

  1. Open Play Store.
  2. Search “Adblocker Plus.”
  3. Tap Adblock Browser: Fast & Secure.”
  4. Tap “Install,” launch the app, and you’re done!
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For iOS, install it from App Store, and you’re all set!

Method #2: Limiting Ad Tracking on an iPhone

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap “Privacy.”
  3. Tap “Advertising.”
  4. Turn on “Limit Ad Tracking.”
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Method #3: Disabling Location-Based Ads on an iPhone

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap “Privacy.”
  3. Tap “Location Services.”
  4. Disable “Location-Based Apple Ads,” and you’re done!
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Method #4: Using a Host File

  1. Launch Chrome on your desktop or laptop.
  2. Open MVPS.” 
  3. Press Ctrl+S to save it as a “hosts” file.
  4. Open File Manager on your Android.
  5. Connect your PC to your mobile device and copy the “hosts” file to the “/etc” or “system/etc” folder of the File Manager.
  6. Rename the “hosts” file to “.txt” or “.bak,” restart your phone, and that’s about it!
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Stopping Inappropriate Ads on Browsers

If you see inappropriate ads on your mobile browser as well, try these fixes.

Fix #1: On Chrome

  1. Launch Chrome.
  2. Tap the “⋮” icon.
  3. Tap “Settings.”
  4. Tap “Site settings.”
  5. Tap “Pop-ups and redirects.”
  6. Toggle it off to block ads, and you’re done!

Fix #2: On Firefox

  1. Launch Firefox.
  2. Tap the “⋮” icon.
  3. Tap “Settings.”
  4. Toggle on “Enhanced Tracking Protection.”
  5. Tap “Strict,” and that’s about it!
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Fix #3: On Safari

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap “Safari.”
  3. Enable “Block Pop-ups,” and you’re done!
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Stopping Inappropriate Ads on Android TV Apps

You can also stop inappropriate ads from popping up on your Android TV apps by trying the following hacks.

Fix #1: Using Settings

  1. Open the Home screen on your smart TV.
  2. Select “Settings.”
  3. Select “Device Preferences.”
  4. Select “About.”
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  5. Locate “Legal Information” and choose “Ads.” 
  6. Disable “Ad personalization,” and that’s about it!

Fix #2: Changing DNS Settings

  1. Open Settings on your Android TV.
  2. Select “Network & Internet.”
  3. Select “IP settings.”
  4. Select “Static IP.”
  5. Add “” or “” in DNS1.
  6. Add “” or “” in DNS2, restart the TV after saving changes, and you’re done! 

Fix #3: Installing Third-Party Apps

  1. Open any browser on your Android TV, and download and install AdGuard.
  2. Launch AdGuard.
  3. Select “Settings.”
  4. Select “DNS Filtering” and choose “DNS server item.”
  5. Select “Use this server,” and the ads will be blocked on your TV!


This guide discussed stopping inappropriate ads on Android, iOS, and smart TV apps. We’ve also discussed blocking these ads while using a browser on your mobile device.

Hopefully, your issue is resolved, and you can now enjoy consistent entertainment on your devices without any distractions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I identify spamming apps?

You can use the Play Protect feature of the Google Play Store on your Android to scan all the downloaded apps that cause malware or spamming issues.

Why do I keep seeing unwanted ads on my phone?

You can get unwanted ads on your phone due to third-party apps installed on it, most of which are free and generate revenue from ads.

How do I know if I have a malicious app?

If you notice your phone is acting up after downloading an app, it can be malicious, so uninstall any unfamiliar or suspicious app from your phone.

Do ad-blocking apps really work?

Yes, most ad-blocking apps are usually safe and can stop all sorts of ads but make sure to download them from trusted sources.

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