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Ads Invading Your Android? Here's How to Get Rid of Them

Steven Blum

The greatest threat to your Android experience isn't downloading a virus, but installing some crap app that drains your battery and barrages you with advertising. The most recent annoying innovation has been the development of notification ads – those sly adverts that weasle their way into your regular notifications. How can you get rid of them and protect your phone from other junk like annoying text message ads? Read on to find out..

The Lookout Ad Network Detector

The Lookout Ad Network Detector app works by analyzing your app library and telling you which permissions each one has. If one of your favorite games has access to your notification tray, you can see it here. You can also see if an app is accessing your messages. Then you can simply uninstall the offending app. 

Easy Battery Saver

Easy Battery Saver will help you pinpoint which app is draining your Android's precious battery. If there's an app you barely use and it's listed as one of the top battery suckers, you'll know that it's the one spamming you. You can then disable or uninstall the app.

Airpush Permanent Opt Out

Airpush is a slimy corporate advertising network that sends notification ads to Android smartphones. The company allows users to opt-out of receiving the notifications via their website. Everyone should do this.


Onavo can tell you which apps are using your data. This is helpful to know as many apps that contain a lot of ads also use a lot of data to fetch those ads. I've uninstalled a few apps because Onavo told me they were using data even when I wasn't using them. That's a nice thing to know.

Now, installing all of these apps might be overkill, but chances are one of them will help you pinpoint the mischevious app and allow you to uninstall it. Happy downloading, folks!


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  • Ti Mo Jul 11, 2012 Link

    How about just long press the ad, click info and then uncheck show notifications? :) Only for JB tho

  • Eric McBride Jul 11, 2012 Link

    JB FTW!!!

  • Bubba Jul 12, 2012 Link

    Great post! I wasn't able to determine which app was causing the annoying ads. Now the offending app has been exposed! Current bionic wasn't able to"long press" to disable. Lookout rocks!

  • CJ Brown Jul 22, 2012 Link

    WOW ! I may have to check this out (there are a few free apps recommended by AndroidPit that are advertisement heavy & I refuse to pay for the non advertisement version) ...