Android has improved significantly over the years in processing obtrusive ads. Things have come to the point where, for the most part, these harassments are not an issue for most of us. However, there are still a few apps that fall through the cracks – especially those that bombard your lock screen with advertising.
To stop this sketchy practice, Google has recently banned apps feature lock screen ads, but only for apps that were not marketed specifically as a lock screen replacement. This has resulted in several suspicious apps still contaminating the Play Store when someone installs them.
If you fall prey to one of those dodgy apps, the solution is to simply uninstall the app. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done if you've recently downloaded numerous apps and can not be sure what your lock screen will do. The methods described below will help you to get to the bottom of things.
: Check Your Download History
The easiest way to find the Problem App is to view your download history in the Play Store. So, if you pick up Sherlock Holmes, you'll need to follow your steps and find out which apps on your lock screen match the look and feel of the ads.
To do this, open the Play Store app. Tap the Hamburger button or swipe from the left side of the screen to open the menu. From the My Apps and Games menu, select, and then tap the Installed tab at the top of the following page.
Tap the sort button on the right, which is set to "Alphabetical" by default, and select "Most recently used" because many shady apps with unwanted lock screen apps frequently run in the background all the time , Additionally, at the 19659010 prompt, you can select the Last Updated option and search for the app that causes the issue in a list of recently updated apps.
Regardless of how you want to sort your list, select suspicious apps and uninstall them as normal. Then go back to the lock screen to see if the ads persist. Rinse and repeat until the problem is resolved.
If you can not solve the problem with the method described above, you will need to take more drastic measures to remove the lock screen. Use this method to check for unruly permissions in your phone's settings. Open your phone's settings, tap Apps, and then select "Special Access" on the following page.
It's worth noting that for some Android devices like the Galaxy S9, you need to go to a "Apps" menu to get to the "Special Access" page, so tap the button with the three dots at the menu prompt display.
Now tap "Drag over other apps" or "Apps that can be viewed above" and tap suspicious apps. Depending on the device, you may be redirected to another page to gain access to the app, or the switch already exists and is located to the right of the app on the "Drag over other apps" page.
In any case, press the SHIFT key to revoke the permission, and then return to the lock screen to see if the problem persists. Review all suspicious apps on using other apps one at a time until the ads on your lock screen finally disappear.
If you've found the problem app, you can completely remove it as highlighted in the first method, or keep it permanently revoked with the "pull over other apps" permission. Which method has the task done for you? Be sure to share your thoughts by posting in the comments below.