Phone Opens Chrome After Unlocking: 7 Ways to Fix That

Here are 7 ways to fix your phone from opening Chrome after unlocking.

From deleting adware apps to a factory reset.

So if you want to know how to fix this annoying issue, then you’re in the right place.

Let’s jump right in!

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How to Stop Your Phone From Opening Chrome After Unlocking?

If you’re using an Android phone, the Chrome browser is something you must use often. 

Chrome is a very efficient browser and can be very easy and helpful to use at times. 

But it’s a problem when it starts opening randomly to show lame, long, and tedious ads, especially when it happens right after you unlock your phone.

Are you facing the same problem? 

If your phone is opening up Chrome and showing you ads right after you unlock it, I might be able to help you out. Various options might solve this problem.

Here are a few ways with which you can rid your phone of this issue:

#1 Delete Adware Apps

It could be the case that one of your recently downloaded applications contains adware. 

Adware is incorporated into some apps to make money. It is generally confined to applications that are not very popular or useful.

You need to identify which one of your apps contains adware and uninstall them immediately. 

You can do this by restarting your device in safe mode. Here’s how you do this: 

  • Press and hold the power button on your phone.
  • Touch and hold the power off icon seen on the screen.
  • Your device will start in what is called “safe mode.”
  • Delete apps one by one.
  • After removing each app, restart your device manually to see if it was an app that was causing problems.
  • After removing the problem-causing app, restart your phone and add all the unproblematic apps back.

#2 Clear Your Browser Cache

You might need to clear the cache of your Chrome browser. 

Cache data include images or files stored on your device after visiting or using an app or visiting a web page. 

To clear that, you need to follow these steps:

  • Go to your phone’s “settings.”
  • Go into the “apps” option.
  • Select “all apps” at the top.
  • Look for “Chrome.”
  • By tapping Chrome, you’ll see the “clear cache” option scrolling down.
  • Tap that option to clear all the cache data.

#3 Use Play Protect

Google has this feature called Play Protect that scans apps for malware automatically. 

If you’re facing problems with ads popping up or your browser opening up randomly, you may find this useful.

Play Protect can help scan all the apps on your phone for security threats. This may help you identify the real culprit.

To scan your apps, you need to:

  • Go to the “Google Play Store” app.
  • Tap your profile icon on the top right corner to go into the menu.
  • Tap “Play protect.”
  • Then turn on “Scan your devices for security threats.”

#4 Identify Any Blank Apps

Apart from removing your recently downloaded apps to identify malware, you need to identify the blank apps. These blank apps usually have no icons or names. If they do have names, they’re random ones like “calculator.”

You can identify these by going into “All apps” in your phone settings. Just keep scrolling all the way to the bottoms, and you should be able to find them. 

Next, tap on these apps and remove them from your phone. That should remove any viruses from your phone.

#5 Close Your Chrome Tabs

You can see the number of Chrome tabs open on your Chrome browser by the figures given on the top right of the browser. 

When you open a webpage in Chrome, it doesn’t go away on its own upon exiting. Rather, it keeps running in the background. 

And if any websites containing ads were opened accidentally, they’re probably still running in the background. And that can cause the browser to malfunction.

To close these tabs:

  • Open your Chrome browser.
  • Hold the webpage and slide down.
  • You’ll be able to see multiple web pages. These pages indicate the tabs open currently.
  • One by one, hold them and slide to the right to close them
  • Make sure you close all the tabs.

#6 Install an Ad Blocking Software

An ad blocker is a software that is capable of blocking all the unnecessary ads on web pages. 

By blocking these ads, you can also save yourself from potential viruses and scammers. 

You can easily find free ad blockers available that work quite well in blocking malicious ads. 

The most widely used ad blocking software found on Google Play is Adblock. 

You can download it on your Android device by doing the following:

  • You’ll need to open “Google Play.”
  • Type “Adblock” in the search bar on top.
  • You should be able to find it at the top of the list of different ad-blocking apps.
  • After installing, you’ll need to turn the Adblock on for it to start blocking ads.

#7 Try Factory Reset

A factory reset is a feature on Android that wipes out the entire data inside the phone. 

Using this method can mean losing your valuable data, so only use it after you’ve tried everything else. 

You can also back up some of your data, like important files and images, to your SD card or your PC. 

To back the data on your PC, you’ll need to connect your phone to it via a USB cable and save it in a separate file.

To factory reset your phone, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  • Go to “settings” on your phone.
  • Scroll down, and you’ll see the “Backup and Reset” option towards the end.
  • Tap into this option, and you’ll see the “Factory Reset” option.
  • Tap this option and tap “confirm” to reset your phone.

Doing this will wipe out all the data inside your phone, except for the company installed one. 

So the hope is that all the malware accidentally downloaded will also go away with the reset.