How do I stop spam notifications on Android? (Google Chrome and other browsers)
An unwelcome trend in the mobile world is spam notifications sent to Android devices, using browsers such as Google Chrome, Samsung Internet, Opera or others. Many users end up being invaded with unwanted notifications with sexual content, offers for weight loss or hair growth products, rogue ads, how to find out when they are going to die, and so on. Their diversity is mind-boggling, and once you tap on a spam notification, it generates others, more frequent and diverse than before. If you encounter this problem, here is how to fix it:
Step 1. See the name of the Android app used to send the spam notifications
When you see a spam notification, do not tap on it. Expand it and look at the app used to send the notification, and the domain sending it. Since most Android users use Google Chrome as their default browser, this is what we are going to use for this tutorial. Our spam notifications come from subdomains of a site named beriacroft. Do not visit it. It is going to invade you with spam and malware.
NOTE: The steps are similar for other browsers too, so keep reading, even if you use Samsung Internet, Opera or another browser.
Step 2. Open the browser used for spam notifications on your Android device
Next, open the browser used to send you spam notifications. Find its shortcut on your home screen or in the app drawer. In our case, we tapped on Chrome to open the browser.
Step 3. Open the notification settings in your browser
You need to access the settings of your web browser. If you are using Google Chrome, tap the three dots buttons on the top-right corner.
In the menu that opens, tap on Settings.
You are shown several categories of settings. Tap Notifications.
Step 4. Disable the spam notifications
Google Chrome shows you many options for controlling notifications in different ways. The radical approach is to disable all notifications from your web browser. However, this is going to stop all notifications, including useful ones about downloads, using the Incognito private browsing, and so on.
If you want to do this, tap the switch on the top, above all the settings, so that it is set to Off. Then you see a message stating that Android is blocking this app's notifications from appearing on your device, like in the screenshot below.
If you want to keep legitimate notifications and block only those you do not want, scroll down the list of notification settings, to the Sites category. There you see all the sites that send you notifications. Near their name, you either have a checkbox or a switch. To disable the notifications you do not want, uncheck the box near their site name or set their switch to Off. The problem with spam notifications is that they keep generating new domains from which to send them. Therefore, you may not disable all spam domains, leave one unchecked, and have spam notifications reappear later, from new domains. One way to solve this problem is to disable all notifications from sites. To do that, set the "Show notification" switch to Off, in the Sites section. The list of sites sending notifications disappears, like in the screenshot below.
From now on, all websites are blocked from sending notifications to your Android smartphone or tablet.
Bonus solution: Reset your browser to its defaults
Another solution that works, and we enjoy using for solving this problem, is to reset the browser used to send spam notifications. Use the instructions in this guide, for your web browser: How to reset an Android app without "deleting it."
After the browser is reset to its factory defaults, start it again. You see that it works as if it was never used before. This means that you also have to reconfigure it, add your account, and so on, so that it works like it used to, this time without spam notifications.
Did you solve the problem with spam notifications on your Android smartphone or tablet?
We hope that this guide has helped you solve your problems with spam notifications. If it did, leave a comment below to confirm. If it did not, share what went wrong, so that we can improve our guide in the future. Thank you!