How to stop pop-ups on OnePlus 6T

If you’re reading this article, that’s probably because you want to learn how to deal with pop-ups on your OnePlus 6T. Well, as the title says, this article will show you the steps to stop pop-ups on this device so you’re in luck.

How to stop pop-ups on OnePlus 6T

Knowing how to deal with pop-ups is important in today’s world. In order to make money, some developers may resort to non-legit means including forcing a device to show ads or pop-ups. If you want to stop pop-ups on your device, follow our suggestions below.

Wipe the device (with factory reset)

If you’re already getting pop-ups on your OnePlus 6T at this time, the first thing that you want to do is to clean the phone. There’s no more effective way to get rid of obvious ads or pop-ups than this. Of course, we assume that your device is showing unusual number of pop-ups at any given time. Keep in mind that legit apps can feature pop-ups as well but they should only be shown while you’re actively using them. If you’re getting pop-ups even when you’re virtually not using any app at all, or if you are now unable to use the device properly because ads keep interrupting you, you must wipe the phone. Such a situation is no longer normal and is consistent with a virus or malware infection. Your phone’s security may already be compromised at this time so making sure that you put an end to the situation as early as possible is needed.

Before wiping the device, make sure to create a backup of personal data such as photos, videos, documents, or contacts. Once you’ve done that, follow the steps below to clean your device:

Hard reset OnePlus 6 via Settings

Under normal circumstances, you should only try to factory reset your OnePlus 6 by going under its Settings menu. This method is easy to do and straightforward. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Create a backup of your data.
  2. Go to the Main Menu and enter the Settings screen. Alternatively, you can just open the Settings app directly.
  3. Find the Backup and Reset entry and tap on it.
  4. Tap Factory Data Reset.
  5. Tap on Reset Phone and once more review the warning messages.
  6. Tap Erase Everything (that’s how you can confirm your option).
  7. Now the factory reset will be automatically completed.
  8. When done, reboot your OnePlus 6.

Hard reset OnePlus 6 via Recovery Mode

If your OnePlus keeps rebooting or has become unresponsive, doing a factory reset via Settings may not be possible. This is where factory reset via Recovery Mode becomes a a good alternative. Compared to the first method, this one requires pressing a combination of hardware buttons. Make sure to follow the steps below:

  1. Create a backup of your data.
  2. Turn off the device. This is important. If you can’t turn it off, you’ll never be able to boot to Recovery Mode. If you are not able to shut the device off regularly via the Power button, wait until the phone’s battery is drained. Then, charge the phone for 30 minutes before booting to Recovery Mode.
  3. Reboot to recovery mode by pressing and holding (at the same time) the Volume Down and the Power buttons.
  4. When you see the OnePlus icon displayed on your phone, release all keys.
  5. Enter your PIN code if it’s asked.
  6. In recovery, use Volume Up and Down rocker keys in order to scroll within options and use the Power button to select your option.
  7. Select ‘wipe data factory reset’ and wait while the wipe is performed.
  8. Optional: choose ‘wipe cache partition’ followed by ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
  9. Return to main menu of recovery when done and choose ‘reboot system now’.

Install antivirus app

Once the device has been factory reset or hard reset, the next good thing to do is to install an antivirus app after a setup. This should offer some protection to the device before you install your apps again. Remember, a large number of reasons why Android devices are compromised  is due to bad apps. Hopefully, with a good antivirus app installed, it can help in figuring out bad apps from being installed. There are many good free antivirus apps in the Play Store that you can install for this purpose. Be sure to pick a legit app and not one masquerading as an antivirus  app. If you’re not familiar with what antivirus app to install, do a quick Google search.

When it comes to antivirus apps, having more than one won’t help. Make sure to only install one antivirus app. If you don’t like the first one, remove it first before installing an alternative. Having more than one of such apps can severely impact the performance of your device.

Install updates

Keeping Android operating system and apps up-to-date is one of the best ways to prevent and,  sometimes, fix problems. Outdated OS can be a source of bugs but so are incompatible apps. To lessen the chances of problems from developing, you must ensure that the software side of your device runs the latest versions. To make this as less of a hassle as possible, let the system do it automatically. By default, your OnePlus 6T should download and install updates on its own. If you change this before, you want to regularly check for updates.

To check for software updates (for Android OS), you can go under Settings > Software update.

Turn off pop-ups in browser app

If you’re only getting pop-ups whenever you use a web browser app like Google Chrome, it’s possible that the said app may be hijacked. This can happen if you visit a booby-trapped website (porn sites are notoriously full of malware), click on an email link that’s associated to malware source, or installed a bad app.

Most mobile web browsers have built-in defense mechanisms to control pop-ups. For instance, Google Chrome has a disable pop-ups option to do this. If you’re having trouble with pop-ups on Google Chrome browser, here’s how to turn off pop-ups on it:

  1. Open Google Chrome app.
  2. Tap on More Settings icon at the upper right (three dots).
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Site settings.
  5. Select Pop-ups.
  6. Disable Pop-ups by moving the switch to the right.

If you have a different web browser app, use Google to find a way to disable pop-ups (if it’s available).

Other third party browsers offer more robust protection against popups. Try them if Google Chrome can’t seem to control the pop-ups. Good examples of alternate browsers are Mozilla Firefox and Samsung Internet browser.

Clear browser cache and data

Another way to deal with a particular app, especially when it’s having an issue with pop-ups, is to clear its cache. If that won’t work, then you can go ahead and revert it to its defaults.

To troubleshoot it, you can try to clear its cache first. Follow these steps to clear an app cache on your OnePlus 6T:

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up, then tap Settings.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Apps & notifications.
  4. Go to See all apps.
  5. Find your browser app and tap it.
  6. Tap Storage.
  7. Tap CLEAR CACHE.
  8. Restart the device and check for the problem.

Should the problem continue afterwards, you can then try to clear the app’s data.

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up, then tap Settings.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Apps & notifications.
  4. Go to See all apps.
  5. Find your browser app and tap it.
  6. Tap Storage.
  7. Tap CLEAR DATA.
  8. Restart the device and check for the problem.

Restart to safe mode

Pop-ups in Android are usually brought about by a bad third party app. To check, you can restart your device to safe mode.

Here’s how to boot to safe mode:

  1. Long Press power off button in your phone
  2. You will see the Reboot to safe mode message appear on the screen
  3. Tap OK to enter OnePlus 6 into safe mode
  4. Wait for your phone to restart, after that you can see safe mode symbol at bottom left corner side of the screen
  5. Observe the phone for several minutes and check for pop-ups

While running on safe mode, your OnePlus 6 will prevent downloaded apps from running. If wifi works normally on safe mode, that means that one of your apps is to blame. To identify which of your apps is causing the trouble, you should boot the phone back to safe mode and follow these steps:

  1. Boot to safe mode.
  2. Check for the problem.
  3. Once you’ve confirmed that a third party app is to blame, you can start uninstalling apps individually. We suggest that you begin with the most recent ones you added.
  4. After you uninstall an app, restart the phone to normal mode and check for the problem.
  5. If your OnePlus 6 is still problematic, repeat steps 1-4.

Uninstall apps

As mentioned above, apps is usually the reason for pop-ups in Android. To lessen the chances of issues on your device, we recommend that you get rid of apps you don’t use. This is especially true if you find out that one of the apps is the reason for the problem after booting the device to safe mode. This troubleshooting step is a continuation of the previous solution (safe mode) so be sure that you do it methodically. As a general rule, apps that you haven’t used for the past 2 weeks or more can be considered non-essential to your lifestyle. If you have a lot of such apps, it’s a good idea if you get rid of them. Doing so is a potential solution to your problem. It also helps in making more room in your device internal storage.

Be responsible: filter apps before you install them

When it comes to dealing with pop-ups, the most likely reason is the user. Pop-ups are usually brought about by bad apps. If you are not careful with what app to install, it’s only a matter of time before you compromise the security of your device. Some bad apps are designed to steal personal information while most are there to make money by showing ads.

These are some of the general tips that you can try to lessen the chances of installing bad apps to your device:

Check app reviews. App users who may find problems will most likely write reviews in the Play Store. Make sure to check these reviews if you are not sure if an app you’re trying to install is secure or not.

Take note of developer or publisher. While Google has a system in place to check the integrity of a developer, it’s not perfect and many developers usually find a way to circumvent rules. These types of developers are usually the ones who monetize their products using non-legit means. Try doing some Google research about these developers to know if they have history of building bad apps.

Stick with official apps. As much as possible, you want to use apps from reputable developers only. Since you’re the only one who know your usage lifestyle, there’s no particular guidance that we can give you. The general rule is to use known popular apps from good sources.

Limit the number of apps. The more apps you install, the higher the chance of having problems. Keeping the number of your apps low is one of the ways to avoid bugs. Stick to the ones you need, not those that you want for a short time.