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How to stop ads from popping up on your Samsung S22 phone

Get rid of Samsung's pesky ads!
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July 10, 2022

New Samsung smartphone users might be in for an unpleasant surprise, especially after spending good cash on the latest and greatest Galaxy S22 series phone. It seems Samsung isn’t convinced you see enough ads on your apps, browser, videos, and other content. It has also decided to throw in its advertising to all Samsung smartphone users. We know these Samsung ads can get very annoying really soon, and they’ve even been the cause of lawsuits, so we’ve put together a guide on stopping ads from popping up on your Samsung phone.

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You can stop ads on Samsung devices by separately turning off various services within the software. These include Samsung Push Service notifications, as well as deals and offers within Samsung Pay, Galaxy Themes, and more. We'll help you do this in the sections below.


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Editor’s note: All steps in this article were put together using a Samsung Galaxy S22 running Android 12. Depending on your Samsung hardware and software version, some steps might be different for you.

What is Samsung Push Service?

Samsung Galaxy S22 family on black spread on wood
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Samsung Push Service is an important application for users invested in the Samsung ecosystem. This handy service makes it possible to receive real-time notifications even when not using a Samsung app. Push notifications are the same technology used by pretty much all apps that send notifications when you get a message or activity signal. In this case, Samsung Push Service handles push notifications for all Samsung services. These include Samsung Pay, Link, Messages, Galaxy Store, Pass, Email, Internet, and others.

Sadly, it also makes it possible for Samsung to throw unnecessary ads at you, clogging up your screen, notification area, and more. Samsung Push Service also has the fame of being a resource hog, depleting batteries faster while working really hard in the background. It’s time to keep it in check.

How to disable Samsung Push Service notifications

Is it worth getting rid of Samsung Push Service? Sadly, you probably shouldn’t if you rely heavily on Samsung services and apps, as you’ll also lose push notifications from other apps you need. We’ll show you how it’s done if you don’t care much for Samsung’s native apps, though.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Notifications.
  3. Select More.
  4. Tap on the three-dot menu button.
  5. Go into Show System Apps.
  6. Toggle off the Show notifications option.

How to disable deals and offers from other Samsung apps

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra One UI software apps menu
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Samsung Push Service is only one of the company’s ways to get advertising to your device. It might still find ways to bug you with other ads, so let’s help you eliminate them. Here’s how to stop ads from popping up on your Samsung from other apps.

Disable Samsung Pay deals and offers:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go into Apps.
  3. Find Samsung Pay and select it.
  4. Tap on Notifications.
  5. Toggle off the Show notifications option. You can also choose which ones you want on or off if you go into Notification categories.

Disable Samsung Galaxy Themes deals and offers:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go into Apps.
  3. Find Galaxy Themes and select it.
  4. Tap on Notifications.
  5. Toggle off the Show notifications option. You can also pick and choose which ones you want on/off.

Disable Galaxy Store deals and offers:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go into Apps.
  3. Find Galaxy Store and select it.
  4. Tap on Notifications.
  5. Toggle off the Show notifications option. You can also pick and choose which ones you want on/off.

Disable personalized Samsung ads:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go into Privacy.
  3. Select Customization Service.
  4. Toggle off the Customized ads and direct marketing option.

FAQs

Samsung is especially known for its obtrusive advertising. Very rarely do other manufacturers put as many ads on their UIs.

Certain apps allow you to modify some ad settings. For example, you can go into the Facebook app’s settings and adjust your preferences to a certain extent. Many apps won’t allow it, though. You’ll have to check if the apps you use allow it.

You might think ads are insignificant, and nothing could be furthest from the truth. A study from the University of Southern California claims ads can increase data usage by up to 79%! Additionally, they may use up to 16% more battery power and 22% more memory.

Chrome is a very common app, so you’ll be happy to learn it’s possible to turn Chrome ads off too. Go to Chrome > Settings > Site Settings > Pop-ups and redirects, and toggle the option off. Go back to Site Settings > Ads and toggle the option off.