If you haven’t already heard, HTC is testing sponsored content within BlinkFeed in a handful of markets so see if the new ads will be a viable source of income for the company. While we’re all used to seeing ads in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by now, BlinkFeed has been a safe place to enjoy our social media and news streams without being bombarded with promotional content. The initial reaction from HTC handset owners has been negative. From the consumer’s standpoint, we’ve already paid HTC for the privilege of using its hardware, so why should HTC junk up BlinkFeed with embedded ads in an effort to monetize a “feature” they are so proud of?
Fortunately, HTC included a setting option which disables ads from appearing in BlinkFeed. By following the steps below, you’ll be able to remove every last ad from appearing in your BlinkFeed timeline.
Disable BlinkFeed ads
- From the home screen, swipe left-to-right to display BlinkFeed.
- Press the hamburger menu in the top left corner to open the side panel
- Press the three dots to display the menu
- Press Settings > Manage ads
- Press “Turn off internet-based ads”
Turning off ads in BlinkFeed is fairly simple, but we hope HTC gets the point that BlinkFeed shouldn’t have ads at all.
Tech enthusiast, Android user and founder of the first HTC blog – Nick Gray has been blogging about HTC phones before most people knew what a smartphone even was. Over the years Nick has owned and tested dozens HTC devices and is constantly flashing new ROMs to his Android phones.