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  1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    I have full screen pop up ads that seemingly appear at random between jumping to new apps or when I pick up my phone and turn it on. I did not bargain for this! It is like a jab in my back every time I am confronted with it. May seem like a small thing, but not to me. I hate the unwarranted intrusion. It rubs me terribly the wrong way. It is one thing to expect ads within the apps I agreed to download or otherwise have on my phone. It is wholly another to have them pop up on me at any time without doing anything to have permitted such. Before you try to tell me how to get rid of them, I have opted out of personal ads. I have opted out from all sponsors which, brings me to another gripe. Some of those sponsors allow opt out but then change the setting unbeknownst to you at a later time. So, I have to continuously go back to the google ads to opt out of all once again. And before you say I should reset my device; I did that. I reset back to factory settings, went through the pain of adding back my accounts and needed apps and still have the problem. I only included those apps I truly needed, which were few, to help ensure I would not have the problem again. Now I admit that I went to download some ringtones recently but stopped and uninstalled while in progress remembering that I don't want to take the chance of getting the full screen pop ups again. And they did seem to start happening more after that. But if I have to worry about downloading simple apps, what the heck is the point of having this phone? I paid good money for this phone; I pay much money for service; and now I have this unwanted, unwarranted intrusion that really pisses me off. This is my first android phone and my last. I am going to try and sell it to get some of my money back and will then get a dumb phone now. This nonstop, advertising in your face world that we live in is bad enough without this forced, unseemly intrusion. I have saved this post and will post it on other forums because others should know about this. Maybe it does not matter to some, but it will matter to others when they make their choice.
    07-02-2018 10:59 AM
  2. hallux's Avatar
    If I may ask - which apps are on your "needed" list? Some apps that people think they need are actually the cause of such problems. This is not the fault of the OS - I use my Pixel 2 XL and Samsung Tab S3 without seeing unexpected full-screen ads most of the time - only rarely do I get one from a web site I visited in the browser.

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    07-02-2018 11:29 AM
  3. chanchan05's Avatar
    Depends entirely on what you download. I have never experienced in your face unwanted full screen ads in 8 years of Android. So in your case I'd more question the stuff you put in your phone rather than the phone itself.
    07-02-2018 11:31 AM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Let's be clear here: these ads are not being served up by Google themselves. They're due to adware that you likely installed unwittingly alongside some other app. Uninstall apps one by one until the problem goes away.
    07-02-2018 11:34 AM
  5. macdaddy31's Avatar
    Depends entirely on what you download. I have never experienced in your face unwanted full screen ads in 8 years of Android. So in your case I'd more question the stuff you put in your phone rather than the phone itself.
    Minimal apps placed on my phone. Regardless, as said, seemed to happen more when ringtone app downloaded. Stopped mid-download, but if it did indeed come from that one, too late. But why should I have to worry about every darn app I download? This benefits Google/Alphabet and they are the ones' that could easily fix.
    07-02-2018 03:18 PM
  6. macdaddy31's Avatar
    If I may ask - which apps are on your "needed" list? Some apps that people think they need are actually the cause of such problems. This is not the fault of the OS - I use my Pixel 2 XL and Samsung Tab S3 without seeing unexpected full-screen ads most of the time - only rarely do I get one from a web site I visited in the browser.

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    Forget it. This is not a situation where I am downloading every app in the library. I download few and ones' that are oft-used by many. This is a Google/Alphabet issue that should be fixed!!!
    07-02-2018 03:20 PM
  7. hallux's Avatar
    This is a Google/Alphabet issue that should be fixed!!!
    Is it though? I have over 200 apps each on my Pixel and Tab S3 and as I noted the only times I have gotten ads as you describe are from web pages I've visited in Chrome.

    It should be noted - ads are how many free apps are supported.
    07-02-2018 03:44 PM
  8. macdaddy31's Avatar
    These ads show "google play" in the ad. I am bare bones on the apps I have on my device for this very reason. I already had to do a factory reset to rid myself of the problem once. As i said, I lost myself and did download a ringtone app, but canceled mid-download and uninstalled.
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    07-02-2018 03:46 PM
  9. macdaddy31's Avatar
    I am accepting of ads in the free apps I have accepted. I am NOT accepting of full screen pop up ads that appear unrelated to any app.
    07-02-2018 03:47 PM
  10. hallux's Avatar
    These ads show "google play" in the ad.
    Does not mean they're coming from Google Play. Most likely they're served from an ad provider on behalf of a developer or company that is advertising their app that is available on the Play Store. Can you post a screenshot?
    07-02-2018 03:54 PM
  11. Javier P's Avatar
    Welcome to the forums. Can you take a screenshot of one of those ads and post it here? Maybe that could give us a clue about the culprit.

    As stated by other posters, sometimes these ads are pushed by a site that you visited from a browser. They can even show up after you left the browser and are using another app. Just in case, next time you get this popup press the back/return key and see what happens.

    Another thing to try is opening your recent apps right after getting this popup and see what shows up in the overview.
    07-02-2018 03:59 PM
  12. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Ads have been and always will be a thing as long as people prefer not to pay for apps. Before you install a "free" app from the Play Store, look through the reviews and see if there are complaints about ads. If the app has a paid version that gets rid of ads, then pay. It most likely costs less than a cappuccino at Starbucks.
    07-02-2018 04:26 PM
  13. macdaddy31's Avatar
    Minimal apps placed on my phone. Regardless, as said, seemed to happen more when ringtone app downloaded. Stopped mid-download, but if it did indeed come from that one, too late. But why should I have to worry about every darn app I download? This benefits Google/Alphabet and they are the ones' that could easily fix.
    Seems to occur most when the device has been idle for a while.
    07-02-2018 06:56 PM
  14. macdaddy31's Avatar
    Does not mean they're coming from Google Play. Most likely they're served from an ad provider on behalf of a developer or company that is advertising their app that is available on the Play Store. Can you post a screenshot?
    I don't know how to post a screenshot from a mobile device. Let me know and I will.
    07-02-2018 09:04 PM
  15. chanchan05's Avatar
    Forget it. This is not a situation where I am downloading every app in the library. I download few and ones' that are oft-used by many. This is a Google/Alphabet issue that should be fixed!!!
    It doesn't matter if you only download one app. If that app has those kinds of ads, you will get it. I know of people who get those ads and don't care. It's NOT a Google issue because if it is, everyone will have it, especially Pixel users. Google doesn't actually serve ads on phones you know. The companies that put ads on apps are separate from Google, like AirPush for instance. It's an independent ad service that pushes ads to your notification bar. App developers can insert that into their apps so they get earnings. Nothing to do with Google.

    Basically the issue here is that the apps you chose to download has full screen ads. Delete them. Easy fix.

    Doesn't really matter if many others use the same apps you do if others don't care about full screen ads. I know of someone who thought it too much bother to deal with the ads because they're just ads.
    07-02-2018 10:29 PM
  16. ChiefDog's Avatar
    I have this too. I started when zi updated to the last OS.
    They all say Google Play.
    I will post a screenshot soonest.
    07-03-2018 04:08 PM
  17. ChiefDog's Avatar
    Screenshot attached
    Attached Thumbnails Will Google Stop the Full Screen Pop Up Ads!?-screenshot_20180703-232531_volume-booster.jpg  
    07-03-2018 10:30 PM
  18. Ry's Avatar
    Forget it. This is not a situation where I am downloading every app in the library. I download few and ones' that are oft-used by many. This is a Google/Alphabet issue that should be fixed!!!
    This is an app issue, not an OS issue.
    hallux and Laura Knotek like this.
    07-03-2018 10:36 PM
  19. Ry's Avatar
    Screenshot attached
    You likely have an app that is serving these ads.
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    07-03-2018 10:36 PM
  20. hallux's Avatar
    That Google Play logo is simply indicating that's where the app will install from, even my local news stations use the logo when advertising their apps, because that's where you can go to install them.

    This is the app it's trying to get you to install - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...mescreen.email

    There is some app that seems to want you to install it, but Google is not going to directly "spam" you with those ads for that app, especially since it replaces the functionality of the Gmail app.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    07-03-2018 10:37 PM
  21. macdaddy31's Avatar
    You likely have an app that is serving these ads.
    It just occurred again. Only apps running in background were mail and text. Phone was idle for a time and went to use it and there was a damn pop up. I don't care if it is the OS or an app that is doing it. Something is doing it and it bugs me. I am done with Android.
    07-03-2018 10:56 PM
  22. Ry's Avatar
    It just occurred again. Only apps running in background were mail and text. Phone was idle for a time and went to use it and there was a damn pop up. I don't care if it is the OS or an app that is doing it. Something is doing it and it bugs me. I am done with Android.
    Someone could help if you listed out all of your installed apps or post a screen shot of the apps in the drawer.

    Again, this is likely and probably a (rogue) app. This is not an OS issue
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    07-03-2018 11:10 PM
  23. ChiefDog's Avatar
    At the end of the filename for my upload, it said 'volume booster'.
    Going to uninstall that next.
    07-03-2018 11:35 PM
  24. chanchan05's Avatar
    It just occurred again. Only apps running in background were mail and text. Phone was idle for a time and went to use it and there was a damn pop up. I don't care if it is the OS or an app that is doing it. Something is doing it and it bugs me. I am done with Android.
    Because refusing the listen, and help us help you by listing the apps you have and telling you which ones are the culprit helps. Also, good luck going back to feature phones then, because iOS has had fullscreen ads called the interstitial ad service since 2014. Some even replace your lockscreen.
    You aren't getting away from fullscreen ads these days without removing the app that puts them there.
    Laura Knotek and B. Diddy like this.
    07-03-2018 11:45 PM
  25. ChiefDog's Avatar
    Zedge specifically says they force ads on the phone.
    07-04-2018 10:16 AM
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