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Here’s how to block promotional ads on Samsung phones

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Samsung smartphones come with a lot of features and services but Ads and pop-up banners appearing on your Galaxy phone can ruin your entire One UI experience. So the best way is to block ads from Samsung phones.

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When you download new applications, some of them start to push pop-up ads to your phone. These ads popping up randomly on your home screen, lock screen, or while apps are running can be very annoying and disruptive.

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Keep reading to know how you can block ads these annoying system ads from Samsung phones.

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How to block personalized ads:

The best way to avoid ads on your Samsung Galaxy phone is to stop them before they start. To do so, head over to your phone’s “Settings” and visit the “Samsung Account” section and then its “Security and privacy” area.

At the last of this page, you will see a “Customization Service” option, tap on it in and then mark right on the “Use Customization Service” toggle. Finally, tap the “Agree” button and turn off the customization service.

For your information, the ‘Use Customization Service’ feature will enable personalized promotions on Samsung apps. This will not completely disable the ads but will prevent them from being personalized with your data. Also, it will reduce the number of ads on your Samsung device.

How to stop ads altogether:

Unfortunately, you probably can’t. However, you can reduce them as much as possible by following the steps:

Identify the app that is sending the pop up

In order to show ads, the app must be activated on your device. Open the “Google Play store” to see which apps were recently active. Now click on the line icon, go to Manage apps & device >> Installed >> Last used.

This should help you narrow it down, especially if it shows an app you haven’t used recently. Select one of the “recently used apps” and “uninstall” them until the pop-up ads stop.

Block ads via Google Chrome

Go to the “Google Chrome” app and tap on the 3 dots icon. Now select “Settings”, scroll down the page and select “Site Settings”. Next, tap on “Pop-ups and redirects”. Make sure this setting is turned off. Finally, select “Ads” and make sure this is turned off as well.

Block ads via Samsung Internet

Head over to the “Samsung Internet” app and visit the “More” menu. Select “Settings” and then “Sites and download”. Now toggle on “Block pop-ups”. Head back to the “Samsung Internet” menu and select “Ad Blockers”. Download a suggested ad blocker.

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Here’s how to use the clipboard function on One UI 6.1 devices

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One UI 6.1 devices have a new feature that lets you access and manage your clipboard more easily. The clipboard is where you can store texts and images that you copy from other apps or websites.

The clipboard function is now part of the keyboard toolbar. You can customize the keyboard toolbar by adding or removing icons as you like.

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To use the clipboard function, you need to do the following:

  • Open the keyboard by tapping on a text input field.
  • Tap on the more icon (···) on the right side of the keyboard toolbar to see all the icons.
  • Tap on the clipboard icon to open the clipboard window, where you can see all the items that you have copied.
  • Tap on the item that you want to paste in the text input field, or tap on the delete icon to remove the item from the clipboard.

You can also add the clipboard icon to the keyboard toolbar for quicker access. To do this, you need to open the keyboard by tapping on a text input field >> Tap on the more icon (···) >> Press and hold the clipboard icon and drag it to the keyboard toolbar >> Release the clipboard icon when it is in the position that you want on the toolbar.

The clipboard function on One UI 6.1 devices is a handy feature that helps you copy and paste texts and images with ease. You can also adjust the keyboard toolbar to suit your needs and preferences.

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One UI 6.1: How to activate voice input feature on your keyboard

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With the release of One UI 6.1, Samsung has introduced a slight yet significant change to its keyboard interface, mainly related to the voice input feature. Users who are familiar with this feature button may now be puzzled by its new location.

The voice input button is a useful tool for dictating text messages or commands. It has been moved to the left side of the navigation bar with One UI 6.1. If you’re struggling to find it, then following a few steps will restore your voice-typing capabilities.

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First, make sure the keyboard button display is enabled.  To do that, visit Settings >> General Management >> Keyboard list and default >> Keyboard button on the navigation bar >> Tap on the toggle to enable it.

Once the keyboard button appears on the navigation bar, you can easily switch to voice input. Simply open the keyboard input window, tap the keyboard icon on the navigation bar, and select ‘Voice input’ from the available options.

This minor change is part of Samsung’s ongoing efforts to enhance the user experience by optimizing accessibility and convenience. By following these steps, you will continue to enjoy the seamless functionality of voice input on your device.

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Circle to Search: Hidden tricks for screen search on Samsung Galaxy S24 and Google Pixel 8

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One of the most innovative features that Google introduced at the Galaxy Unpacked event is Circle to Search. This feature is currently available on the Samsung Galaxy S24 and Google Pixel 8 series, which enhances the smartphone’s functionality and performance.

Circle to Search enables users to search their screen by drawing a circle over the text or image that they want to search. It can be activated by long-pressing on the home button or navigation bar and then using a finger to draw a circle around the desired content. A search bar will appear at the bottom of the screen, displaying relevant results from Google.

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However, some content may be too small or hidden by the search bar. In such cases, Circle to Search offers some solutions.

  • Users can move the search bar to the top of the screen by dragging it with one finger.
  • Users can also zoom in or out on the screen by using a two-finger pinch gesture.

These features are not widely announced, but they are very useful for selecting content that is difficult to see or reach.

Circle to Search is a useful feature that allows users to search their screen without leaving the current app. It can be used to look up words, definitions, translations, images, videos, news, and more. It also allows users to copy or share the selected content with a simple tap.

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