Android Ads on Lock Screen (Charging Lock Removal) Sept. 2017 Update

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This page aims to help you remove the Android Ads on Lock Screen that comes alongside ES File Explorer and a variety of other applications. These Android Ads on Lock Screen removal instructions work for all Android devices.

Are there annoying ads over your android’s device lock-screen? – we might be able to help you!

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Recently a large number of users have been complaining that once they attempt to unlock their android smartphone, they are greeted by a blue screen and pop-up ads all over the place. At first this may seem odd and even disturbing, because you might think that some kind of virus has gotten onto your device. Know that there’s probably no need to worry. Intrusive ads are commonplace among both mobile devices and computers and they are usually caused by the same thing. There’s a certain type of programs, whose main purpose is exactly that – the generation of various intrusive and annoying ads. This type of programs/application is called Adware. It should be noted that not all ads you see on your phone are caused by an adware-like feature loaded into another app you have installed.These Ads will appear every time you try to unlock your phone and are a sure sign, that you dealing with one of those intrusive, ad-generating programs that go out of their way to annoy you with their intrusive pop-ups.

Its easy to name the app responsible as Adware, but the reality is that someone somewhere made a terrible decision to add this Android Ads on Lock Screen to his app. You’re not supposed to see ads when you open your phone. Still, as we mentioned earlier, there’s no need to panic. It might seem strange and you might even think that a malicious program is messing with you phone, but this is hardly ever the case. Adware programs themselves are not dangerous. The main problem with them is that they are overly annoying and often frustrating. Besides, those ads on your lock-screen/charging-screen might also block certain notifications – yet another reason to find a way to quickly remove the annoying app. There is still another kink to this issue – the content of the Ads themselves. Definitely not fun if your friends see your phone covered in Viagra Ads….. Interacting with them is, of course, inadvisable – some of the ads might open some kind of malicious internet page or maybe even start downloading harmful (or otherwise unwanted) content on your device. This does not happen in the majority of cases and most of the ads are legal and safe. Still, we advise you not to risk your phone’s security and have the app responsible for the ads removed as soon as possible. For that, we have prepared a guide down below this article on how to have the unwanted program removed from your device.

Before we move on to the removal part, we will give you some extra information on how those adware applications get installed on your smartphone and how to avoid getting them in future.

There are many ways to get an adware on a computer, therefore it is more difficult to protect your PC from such programs. However, when it comes to smartphones, the options are vastly diminished. In the majority if cases there’s basically one main way of adware distribution among android smartphones – via apps that you can get from the store. The fact that you can download these apps from Google Store comes to show that they are not illegal, it’s just that the generated ads are very annoying. Unfortunately, there’s often no way of knowing if an application, that you attempt to download, will have the intrusive ads integrated in it. Here, we can only give you a short list of apps that users most commonly complain from due to ad-generation:

  • Xender
  • Amber Weather Widget
  • Kitty Play
  • Touchpal
  • Z Camera

Also most most apps related to GO tend to have that annoying feature of displaying obstructive ads over your display.

Another very common complaint is from ES file explorer – this app’s charge boost feature is said to shorten your phone’s charging time and boost your battery life. However, often it’s most prominent feature are the Android Ads on Lock Screen that you see when your phone is charging. It may even prevent you from getting certain notifications. With all of that being said, you should’ve already made up your mind whether or not you want to keep the program that is causing all these ads. Know that in some cases it might be difficult to know which exact app is responsible for the intrusive pop-ups. If you’re in doubt, try to remember what was the last application you downloaded before the adverts started to appear. Also know that this annoying feature is usually associated with free or cheap applications, so keep that in mind.

Remove Android Ads on Lock Screen

One of the possible sources of the Lock screen Ads is the ES File Explorer application.

If you want to keep using the ES File Explorer it is possible to turn off this annoying feature by opening the ES File Explorer app and changing the settings.

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  • NOTE: The Lock Screen Ads can also be added to other apps from the below-mentioned list. It may be possible to turn it off by looking at the settings of those Apps in a way similar to ES File Explorer

Remove Apps carrying Ads on Lock Screen from you device

Normally you remove Android apps from the Settings menu -> Apps -> (App name)

Apps identified to have Ads embedded:

  • ES File Explorer
  • Xender
  • Amber Weather Widget
  • GO Weather Forecast & Widgets / (in fact most Apps related to GO, stay away from the whole family)
  • Kitty Play
  • Touchpal
  • Z Camera

Naturally, “Flashlight” is not suspicious, merely an example to show you how the menu should look like since I only have ES File Explorer on my device.

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In most cases, you can click on the Uninstall button and be done with it. In rare occasions, however, if the app in question has managed to give itself administrator permissions 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 Device Manager. Remove ES File Explorer from this list. Now you should be able to remove it as normal.

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

 


  • zaid toma

    God…. I remember the good old days when nothing apps weren’t free
    They would charge you up to 5 dollars and they were not as Intrusive …..
    Now people drop 100$ a week on clash or you download a “free” game and they get onto bed with you and softly whisper all the great deals to be had as they spoon you ….
    [email protected]/@^ capitalism

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Always a pleasure to successfully help our readers resolve their software-related issues. If you should run into any other similar problem, do not hesitate to contact us!

  • tx18wheels

    Thanks! Z Camera was my culprit. It sent anonymous lock screen ads. Also, ads kept showing up silently in my notification flow. Very annoying.

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      You are most welcome! Should you ever happen to face a similar problem, do not hesitate to contact us again.

  • Richard Bryant

    Hi, Read the article with great interest, but, unless I have misunderstood you, I am no wiser! I do not have any of the apps that you list, and as far as I can remember have never downloaded any of them.
    So how do I identify an app(s) that is causing the problem?
    Regards

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hello, there. Do you have an optimization app or antivirus app on your device? It might be coming from that application.

      • Richard Bryant

        Please give me a guide as to an “Optimization App”? I have Avast and Lookout and have had them for ages, and no other recent apps.Thanks

        • HowToRemove.Guide Team

          Though it is unlikely, it could still be coming from them. However, we advise you to send us a screenshot of applications that you have recently installed – this might enable use to determine which application is causing the problem.

      • Maria De Los A.

        Si

        • HowToRemove.Guide Team

          What is the application’s name?

    • Mason Harris

      check for ‘Peel Remote’ also. If you have it, touch and hold on the icon until it allows you to move it to a ‘turn off’ button at the top of the screen. this fixed it for me as I don’t have any of the other mentioned apps either.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    We advise you to try and uninstall the recently installed application (AppMgr111) since it might be the cause for the unpleasant adverts.

    • Richard Bryant

      I have uninstalled AppMgr111. I am now getting a blue screen on an irregular basis and mostly after unlocking the lock screen!
      I am not going to re install AppMgr111 for the moment and wait and see if there are any further developments.

      • HowToRemove.Guide Team

        Does the said blue screen prevent you from doing anything on your device? Also, does it go away on its own or do you have to restart your device in order to get rid of the blue screen?

        • Richard Bryant

          No it does not prevent me from doing anything on my Samsung Tablet, and by swiping to the right, it goes.
          Thanks for all your advice and help, but it is now more of a slight inconvenience which I will learn to live with. It has become fascinating more than anything else to try to find the cause.
          Thanks & kind regards

          • HowToRemove.Guide Team

            We are glad that there has been an improvement. Still, if you would like to fully get rid of it, we are ready to provide you with our further support.

  • datacreed

    Yes, Z-Camera – Uninstalled from a Galaxy S5! Thanks. 2017-04-07

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Did the uninstallation fix the issue?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    We are happy to have been able to help you. Hopefully, you won’t be bothered by the unpleasant software anymore. However, if the issue persists or returns in future, feel free to contact us again and ask for our support.

  • MacHava

    Unfortunately none of the suggestions worked for me. I do not have any of these apps listed as the usual suspects installed and I still have the lockscreen on my s7 edge.

    I have attached an image.

    Any suggestions?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5c4c00951baf9b954bd984372a84af790ef6fcecd0246e7d868f67675dd4c2be.png

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Can you send us a screenshot of the most recently installed apps on your device?

      • MacHava

        I have been removing as many as apps I could in the past few days including the ones I had recently installed.
        So now I am only left with a few adware scanners and Eset that did not detect anything at all.

        What surprises me is that this ad has no button anywhere …just the slide to unlock message.

        I tried the running services trick on developer options and did not find anything that looks like “charge lock…etc”

        • HowToRemove.Guide Team

          Do you have an antivirus or some form of device optimization app on your device?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    We are glad to have been able to help you. Thank you for your suggestion. If you ever run into any similar problem, do not hesitate to contact us again.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Try temporarily disabling any antivirus or device optimization app that you might currently have and see if anything changes and tell us what happened. If nothing changes, re-enable them and we will see what else could be done. Also, we still believe that sending us a screenshot of your apps can help us determine the source of the issue.

  • Eric Davis

    I just switched to android and at first I thought the ads on lock screen were normal but nope not normal just z camera thank you and my phone is now less annoying

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Indeed, some people do not mind those ads but this does not mean that they are supposed to show on your lock screen. We are glad that we’ve been able to help you.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    We are delighted to hear that! You are most welcome. Be sure to seek us if you ever run into a similar issue again.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You are most welcome!

  • DMcD

    HI Did not work on my Note 5. Do not have any of the apps listed. Took out many apps and still can’t find problem. Tried to take out Android Device Manager but it just went fuzzy.

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Can you send us a screenshot of the apps that you have on your smartphone?

  • Mummakaz ❤

    I don’t have any of theses apps installed on my GN2 but my locks screen has an add screen on it that I cannot get rid of. I thought,as some users also have that it was part of an android upgrade. But its not .Please can anyone help? Thanks if u can .

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      What recently installed apps do you have on your device?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    It would greatly help us if you send us a screenshots of the apps that you have on your device. Also, we advise you to avoid interacting with the intrusive content that is being displayed on your device’s screen.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    The issue might be coming from another app. If you send us a screenshot of the applications that have been installed on your device, we might be able to tell you if some of your current apps might be causing the problem.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You are most welcome, Chatty! We are glad that we’ve been able to help you. Be sure to contact us again if you happen to run into any similar problems.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Yes, do remove the app and the issue should no longer be present. We are glad to have been able to help you.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You are most welcome! We are glad to have been able to help you.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You are most welcome!

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    To clarify: your issue is that you cannot access the applications manager on your device?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    We are happy to have been able to assist you in handling your issue!

  • Albatross

    Its the stupid useless uncle sam peel remote app. It will try to push shitware to the phones, being only a fucken tv remote app… why does it need shitware to work?? Im not sure. I dont use it and its only useless shitware.

  • Bs420j

    I don’t have the z camera or the beacon flashlight. I can not find the source of the annoying ads that just started this morning. Please help

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      What other apps do you have? Is there anything that is supposed to optimize your device or keep it protected. A screenshot with your recently installed apps might help us determine the cause of your problem.

  • Mally Mal

    I am having this issue I’ve contacted Samsung and all

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Have you tried anything from the guide manual that we provide?

  • Paul
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      You aren’t supposed to disable the Flashlight. In the guide, it says that this is just used as an example of what you should do with the actual app that causes the issue. There’s a list of apps in the guide so if you have any of them, you should disable them. Additionally, the problem might be coming from some other app so if you want, send us a screenshot of recently installed apps on your device so we can further help you if you cannot find the cause of the problem.

    • Warwick Alsop

      Did you uninstall the Flashlight? I just did it and it fixed it for me.

  • Sharon Anthony

    I did what was said and does not work. Help!

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      What recently installed apps do you have? If you send us a screenshot of your recent apps, we might be able to tell you what the potential cause of the issue is.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Well, do you remember installing any apps lately? You can simply send us a screenshots of the apps that you have and we can have
    a look at them for you.

  • Justin Wenzel

    How do i get rid of these annoying ads i cant turn my alarm off cause of them and is driving me crazy wanting to smash my phone every morning to turn it off

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Did you take a look at our removal guide? Also, what recent apps have you had installed on your phone? A screenshot of the list of recent apps might help us.

  • Scarlett Jones

    I had this same problem on my T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with a game that I had installed for a long time. Recently I noticed the intrusive ad on the lock screen. I uninstalled it and left a 1 star review to warn other users. The app is Jewels Star by the developer ITREEGAMER. I also reported the app to the Google Play Store.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0c125707d411edfdb346d9261d98bdb7e881360afc2dea0809df48800138c6f3.png

  • kswarthog

    I suspected that Z Camera was causing my lock screen annoyance, and you confirm that it does so. Too bad, because I like the camera app, but I hate that they put their annoyances in places I don’t think they should. If they want to flash an ad at me in the app, that’s one thing, but beyond their own app, they are not welcome. Goodbye Z Camera.

  • Madness

    The “Best Me Selfie” app just added this “feature”. I consider hijacking the lockscreen to be malicious and reported it to Google as a malicious app. If everyone reports these hijacking apps they will have to stop doing their hijacking or Google will remove them.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You are most welcome!

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Well, in that case it might actually be due to the Flashlight app or rather the update that you agreed to.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Apparently, as of recent, even the Flashlight apps seems to come packed with unpleasant ad-generating features.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hopefully, it will help you handle the issue with the unwanted ads.

  • Satoshi Nakamoto

    what about this annoying autoplay flash ads on this page. that play sound! get rid of it

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      There are no ads on this page – the only thing that is promoted on our website’s pages is a malware-removal tool. If you experience any unpleasant ads when visiting our website, they are not coming from the site but from something that’s on your device.

    • Shelly Fairbanks

      adblocker, mang

  • Joseph Corkery

    Thank you for this, very annoying

  • Joe

    It was the flashlight. Thanks.

  • Susan. Ford

    Hello guys. Need your help. I downloaded an application concerning battery charging. After 2 days l decided that my phone did not need that type of battery application so l deleted the app. When I tried using my phone again, to my surprise the damn lock was still in place. That was the main reason that I didn’t want it anymore. It throws the lock every time l change menus, or when l would leave the phone for a few moments, and there it is again. I thought about using a phone reset, but I have got ALOT of hours that I don’t want to see deleted…grandchildren’s pics, and files of music, etc., Followed your advise about going to settings…security….phone adminitrators, and then l clicked it on. Now what should I do ??? This app has got me to the point of crying bc when outside with the phone in my purse l wanted to access web info quickly, and for the 100th time, there it was again…asking for the password. So I missed out on what I needed. That’s when the tears of frustration appeared. Thank you for being online. I will wait for a reply. Susan

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hello there, we would like you to send us a screenshot of your most recently installed apps. It is likely that something’s left on your device (some unwanted application) that is causing this issue.

  • Joseph Schmoe

    In my case it was the flashlight app. I turned off the smart charging feature and all is well. I also have installed ES File Explorer, but the smart charging feature was apparently off by default. It’s insidious that these apps sucker you into activating this worse than useless “feature” for your convenience. Reminds me of the old joke, “Hi, I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

  • Gobblezz

    This was the culprit. Thanks!

  • Sarah Muro

    Me too! It was not allowing me to snooze or cancel my alarm. So far, uninstalling the flashlight app has done the trick.

  • Lonwabo Heleni

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2a0c4b43e91b11908d7948ab6ae0755dcb85c68cc2c10dd997a45256018634fd.jpg After i have uninstalled Go Launcher Z, different adds pops up every time on lock screen

  • Rashida Jones

    Go SMS gave me no problems but Go Keyboard was the culprit. I liked the keyboard so I tried a suggestion from someone. They said to block all permissions on the app by going to Settings->Applications. I did that and so far no more ads on lockscreen and the keyboard theme still works

  • Whittierrocks

    Looks like “Flashlight” updated the app a few weeks back and which activated the ads. Removed this app and now ads have disappeared.

  • David Dweck

    I use a Galaxy S7 and it sure was Flashlight. I have had it since the beginning but only lately I noticed (since this ad screen appeared a couple of updates ago) that it is using data. Now why would flashlight need to use data, unless it is transmitting ads!

  • Tim Razik

    Lol.. I’m with Rob, Flashlight was actually the culprit. They added the ads with the latest August update! Thanks for the help this did help me go d the problem!

  • Tim Razik

    Yeah me too, with the August update. Lol. You pay for what you get and I paid 0 so I got ads!

  • Monica Vandenberg

    could not find any of these apps on my system – so can’t work it out 🙁

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      What other apps do you have on your device? Can you send us a screenshot of the most recently isntalled apps that you have. Also, the issue might be coming from the Flashlight app – this also seems to commonly be the culprit of the unwanted locksreen content.

      • Monica Vandenberg

        Hi thanks for your follow up. It ended up being avg battery boost. Have removed function and all ok. Of note when I look up torch in app manager the sneaky app is nowhere to be found, yet I see the icon will dig further. thanks for your great article

    • Shelly Fairbanks

      Try your flashlight app’s settings lmao

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    As it seems, even the most seemingly harmless of all apps might sometimes get turned into a Hijacker-like piece of software.

  • Froggy Doggy

    This is the one thing I like more about iOS – when I had my iPhone, I had no ads. That being said, I still prefer Android. I just wish there was less adware. I’d rather pay a dollar or two for an app without ads than get a freebie with ads.

  • john wrigley

    I have had the same problem. Thanks to the contributions below I uninstalled FLASHLIGHT, and No more ads.

  • Cat

    Yep. That stupid ES file app. It used to be great, now is more trouble than it’s worth. Thanks.

  • Linda Stover

    Ironically it was the flashlight app that was causing this.

    There was a settings option that was never there before called “Smart Charge”. It was turned on by default and had. “may display ads”. Turned it off and they haven’t come back since.

    • CJ

      Same here. It was the update on the Flashlight App that added “Smart Charge” – turned it off also.

  • Graphibulle

    Does anyone recognize that one ??
    I have Peel Remote but disabled (as I cannot uninstall it) and no problem before …
    War wings ? Videoshow ?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bc99500f5894b135dfeb89c7ad31d0874b2b8cde58c975896bf9104b6b89810d.png

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      The culprit could be some other application.

  • Tasfia

    Thank you this really helped..I have uninstalled touchpal and now I don’t see any ads after unlocking my screen. These ads as soon as you unlock the screen pop up which is very annoying.

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      We are glad ti hear that your problem has been resolved.

  • C. Diamond

    Thank you, this really helped! It was one of the sneaky GO family.

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      You are most welcome! We are happy to hear that your issue has been dealt with.

  • Antonello

    Not very helpful, I have none of those apps installed

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      What other apps do you have? The issue is likely from another app that isn’t on our list.

  • guest

    On my phone free Flashlight app was the cause of this issue.

  • J

    Mine came with a game I downloaded in the wee hours- Ball vs Block. Thanks for helping me keep calm instead of freaking out about a virus on my phone!

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      You are most welcome!

  • Mike Howto

    It was the flashlight App on my phone also.

  • Whatthewhat

    Mine was the Advanced Task Manager (said it at the bottom of the ads) that helps keep down my running apps. I switched to the Ad Free version because I use this app all the time, it was worth buying.

  • Renetta Archie

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I removed the flash light app and it went away!!

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      You are most welcome, Renetta, we are glad to have been able to help you!

  • Andrea Gerber

    Thanks so much, Touchpal was the culprit!

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    If the ads are coming from the application, there is nothing you can do about it – you’d have to choose between having the app or removing the ads.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    We are glad to hear that your problem has been resolved!