We use our Android devices for a wide range of purposes. One of them is to get the latest news. But have you ever come across an annoying thing every time you open your Android phone? The most recent Taboola News items flashing on your screen – like a pest! If you have come across the pestering Taboola news popping up every now and then, you are not alone. There are many who suffer from this issue. But, Fortunately, it is much easy and simple to remove or disable the Taboola feed from your phone.
What is Taboola Feed on Android Phones?
Taboola is an adware that often comes bundled with the apps you install on your Android phone. One component of Taboola is curated news and personalized content recommendations based on your browsing habits. Taboola is actually a popular platform used by website owners for monetizing their content and earning money from sponsored content.
The Taboola News platform uses special algorithms to analyze and provide content based on user behavior. The more you interact with Taboola, the more personalized content that you will receive.
However, not everyone among us likes Taboola news. There can be several reasons why you want to disable Taboola News.
Some of the reasons you would want to disable Taboola News would include:
- The articles and videos provided by Taboola may be irrelevant and annoying at times. They may even be quite offensive sometimes.
- Taboola may breach privacy and data security. Taboola News collects your data and analyses your browser history.
- It can also affect your battery life and data usage.
How to Disable Taboola News on Android Phone?
There are several ways you can disable Taboola News. Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to this issue. Taboola can be a part of many apps, and you need to analyze the right apps that might have installed it.
If you have the Taboola app installed on your phone, you can directly uninstall it the way you would uninstall any other app.
Follow the steps here below:
- Go to the Settings app on your phone
- Tap on Apps. Depending on which device you are on, you can find the right way to find your installed apps.
- Locate Taboola Newsroom among the installed apps.
- Tap on it.
- Scroll down and tap on Uninstall. Confirm if asked if you really want to uninstall.
That does it, and your Taboola app will be uninstalled. If, somehow, you do not find the option to uninstall the app, tap on Disable. This will stop the app from working.
How Was Taboola News Installed on Your Phone?
Most probably, the Taboola app was installed on your phone by a third-party app. The app generally installs itself as part of bundled software. If you have recently installed an app on your phone, the Taboola app might have come as a component of the app.
Some of the apps that may install Taboola as a component would include:
- News Break
- Opera News
- UC News
- Buzzfeed News
- The Hindu
- The Times of India
If you have installed any of these apps from third-party sources, it is quite possible that the Taboola app entered your phone through them. Not only do these specific apps install the Taboola app on your phone, but this is just a representative list. To begin with, you may need to uninstall the app that might have installed the Taboola app on your phone.
It is also possible that you might have intentionally installed Taboola News on your phone through the Google Play Store or any other app store on your phone. In such a scenario, you should be able to uninstall it from within your app store.
The app may also make its way into your phone when you click on a spam email or link. The concept is referred to as malvertising, and many websites indulge in this kind of unethical advertising.
It is always essential to pay a little attention to the authenticity and usefulness of any app that you install on your phone. You need to be mindful of the right sources you are downloading the apps from. Make sure that you have conducted thorough research into the application that you are looking to download.
The Concluding Thoughts
Taboola News is a service that provides you access to personalized content based on the user’s browsing history. The service is used by several websites and apps to show you multiple videos and articles.
But most of us tend to get annoyed with the articles provided by Taboola for one or the other reasons. That is why you may want to remove the Taboola app from your phone. The steps above should be helpful in providing you with the right means of uninstalling the Taboola app.
Can I disable Taboola temporarily rather than completely uninstalling it?
Yes, you can temporarily disable Taboola for some time and then enable it. To do this, you will need to tap on Disable instead of Uninstall. You will be able to enable the app again if you want to use it.
Can Taboola News cause harm to your phone or your data?
Taboola app tracks your browsing history and data. That would mean it will collect and use your personal data without your consent and knowledge. Other than that, I don’t feel any harm it causes to your phone. Moreover, some ads may point to harmful sites as well. So, you just need to be careful.
How to remove Taboola news from Samsung Phones?
Samsung phones use Android as their Operating System. Thus, the process I have explained above to remove Taboola news from Android phones will apply to Samsung phones too. You can just remove it from the app list if you have “Taboola Newsroom” installed on your Samsung phone. If it is installed bundled with any other app then you should remove that app as well.