There is this endless debate about why and how iOS devices such as iPhone are smoother and relatively faster than their android counterparts. While OS optimization is a major factor, we can’t discount the role of adware, malware, and bloatware that plague most android phones. The good news is that you can actually prevent your android from downloading junk apps if you turn off these two settings on your phone.
I believe that many people’s mobile phones have encountered such a situation, that is, the mobile phone will install some unknown software for no reason.
When most people encounter such a situation, they will doubt whether their mobile phone is infected with a virus. In fact, it is not, just because these two settings in the mobile phone have not been turned off.
Why You Need To Prevent Your Phone From Secretly Downloading Junk Apps
You may be wondering what the fuss about junk software on android is all about. Well, all I can say is that junk files do no phone good. they decrease the user experience and can serve as vulnerabilities on your phone. Highlighted below are some of the dangers poses by junk/unsolicited files on android devices.
- These files can be used by hackers or as a pathway to identity theft.
- These apps are totally useless to the owner of the phone
- Junk apps can drastically reduce your phone’s available storage space.
- Finally, junk android apps will definitely decrease the user experience by causing your phone to freeze/hang or by displaying unsolicited and irrelevant advertisements.
Prevent Your Android From Downloading Junk Apps By Turning Off These Two Settings
So which two switches are they? Let’s have a look!
1. Please turn off “Installation of Apps From Unknown/External Sources
First, open the phone’s settings, pull down to find “Security”/ Biometrics and security” “More Security Settings”, then find “App Downloads from External Sources”, and then turn off the switch. In newer android phones, locate “Install unknown apps” and disable apps that you don’t want to use installing software on your phone.
If this switch is not turned off, the phone will allow the browser to jump to some links to automatically download and install the application, which is very dangerous. This is the reason why when you visit some dangerous websites, you discovered that some apps have been installed secretely on your phone.
Make Sure You Also Turn Off Software Auto Download and Install
The second thing that needs to be turned off is software automatic download and overnight installation.
To do this, open the settings of the phone, scroll down on the settings page, and find “System and Updates” – “Software Updates”.
Then click on the upper right corner, find and turn off “Automatic download over Wi-Fi”.
After it is turned off, the phone will not be able to download and install some unknown software.
In addition, due to different mobile phone models, if you can’t find these two options, you can also try to search for “software update in the search bar of the settings page.
Downloading and installing some software of unknown origin on the mobile phone not only affects the security of the mobile phone but also affects our use, so hurry up and close it.