How to remove Adware from Android

How to find the Adware Android infected application

Android Adware Removal duide

Android Adware is very annoying piece of software, especially when it comes to your mobile phone.

If you see Adverts on your phone, which are displayed even when your internet browser is turned off, that means one of the applications on your phone has embedded Adware. In most cases it will be the app you most recently installed on your phone, but this is not always the case. Sometimes app developers make terrible decisions – such as including Adware into Apps as a regular update – so it is entirely possible one of your older apps is the cause of the problem.


There is no direct way to identify the trouble maker, but you can easily find it by elimination. Shut down all non-essential Apps on your Android device, then start turning them on one by one. When you turn on an app give it some time to display the Ads – the more time you can give it the better, since we can’t know the trigger that causes them to appear. By using this method you will eventually discover the troublemaker.

Is it possible to keep an Application, but remove the Adware?

It may be possible, but strictly on а case-by-case basics:

  • Usually the easiest way is to purchase the premium version of the App – these usually come Ads-free. To do that just go to the store and purchase and install the premium version, then uninstall the Adware-infested version by following the guide below.
  • If that is not an option, you can try looking through the options menu of the App – sometimes certain App features trigger the Adware. Du Quick Charge, which recently created an outrage among Android users, is a good example.
  • The most likely scenario, however, is that the App developer will force a decision – to use the App and endure the ads or to remove the Adware completely.

The removal guide below will help you get rid of the App in question. Do not hesitate to get rid of any app containing intrusive Adware, because there is a stiff competition between App developers. You should be able to find an alternative Ads-free solution if you spend a bit of time in the store!

How to remove Adware from Android



Tap the settings button on your Android device. 



Navigate to the App drawer



Locate the app you want to have removed from your device.

Naturally, “Flashlight” is not suspicious and doesn’t deliver Ads, we merely use it as an example.

app info

In most cases you can click on the Uninstall button and be done with it. In rare occasions, however, the Malware may have managed to give itself administrator permissions and you’ll see that the Uninstall button is grayed out. In order to enable it you should leave the Apps folder and go to:

  • Settings -> Security -> Device Administrators

In there you will see a list of apps that have admin status within your system. They’ll probably be listed under the Android DeviceManager. Remove the problematic App from this list. Now you should be able to remove it as normal.


Did we help you? A thank you in the comments goes a long way to warm our hearts!


    • I followed all the instructions but the ads keep popping up even without opening Google Chrome.I hope you can help me come up with a solution

  • Hey, thank you soooo much, without this site, I wouldent have been able to stop seeing ads that just pop up. Thank you and anyone who helped create this site

    • You are most welcome! We are happy to hear that you’ve been able to deal with your issue using the instructions from our site!

  • My adware shows up with no icon and no name and I disabled it’s device administrator permission but it still won’t let me delete it. Help!

    • Can you at least Disable/Force stop it? Also, what’s the app that’s causing it in your case?

  • Thanks! Had already disabled device administrator so went in and got rid of the more recent apps haven’t been necessary, no pop-ups in last hour, looks promising. I kept thinking I could get an app to get rid of the offending pop-ups.
    Thanks again for setting me straight.

    • Which app are you trying to remove? Also, are the other options like Disable and Force Stop grayed out as well? If not, you can try using them instead to see if anything changes.

  • Please, receive a VERY BIG ¨THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU¨ . . . !!
    That f”··$%&g PUP was ruining my day….!!

  • Your article was quite helpful. Now, I understand that adware is what makes many apps free. The issue I have is that it often pops up during dialing. Not good timing if you’re dialing 911! Again, thanks.

    • It is very rare for an app to be free and to not have ads integrated into it, users need to always keep that in mind when downloading and installing free stuff.

  • I get full screen ads launched via Android Launcher, have uninstalled the two apps installed in last few months but no change. Haven’t found any way of finding out were this is hidden and all apps to detect this have failed.

    A guide to stopping this would be very helpful.

  • But how do you know which app is malicious? And even if you deleted that app, the data it leaves behind is still active and hidden. I need to delete the data that is causing the problem before I decide to factory reset.

    • The issue is caused by the app, and once that app is removed, there should be no more annoyances. Finding out which app is the culprit can be tricky, but you need to use your common sense. For example, if you have recently downloaded some new app, and that’s when the issues began, it’s likely that this new app is responsible. Also, sometimes automatic updates of older apps may cause similar problems, so think about whether any of your other applications have recently received any updates around the time the problem started appearing.

  • What if the adware doesn’t appear under apps either? I have smartSite adware and it keeps opening in both Chrome and the default browser on my phone as well as other sites I have never visited. I would say it’s part of XHelper but the popups appear even after I uninstall/remove XHelper with Avast for Mobile

    • Then maybe another app is the culprit. In general, if some form of adware is bothering you it should almost always be related to an app that you can see in the Apps’ manager.

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