How to Disable Those Huawei Lock Screen Ads

Ruben Fields
June 16, 2019

As if Huawei didn't need more negative publicity right now, the company has seemingly begun allowing advertisements for Booking.com on the lock screens of several of its phones. That said, it doesn't seem to add up - after all, the ads are being placed in Huawei's Magazine cycle of wallpapers, and it seems highly coincidental that a number of Huawei phone owners would all experience the same issue on the same day, while those on other phones haven't run into the problem. This functionality from Huawei appears to have spotted a revenue making opportunity.

The only way to get rid of the advertising is to not use the built-in magazine background images.

While Huawei hasn't officially spoken about the matter, its customer support team has mentioned that ads are shown because of the Booking.com app.

The ads that appear aren't for different business but only for booking.com. The list of devices affected by the latest development includes the Huawei P30 Pro, P20, P20 Lite, P20 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, and Honor 10.

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It is only impacting users who are using the pre-installed wallpapers of what used to simply be pretty scenery shots. These ads are not limited to one region or country, as the reports came from multiple nations including Australia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

A Honor representative took Twitter to explain that Huawei is not pushing ads and the ads are shown by third-party apps. For now, you may want to change your lock screen wallpaper on your Huawei handset if you don't want to see an ad. To back up its argument, Huawei talked about a similar issue that hit the Samsung phones past year. For example, Amazon serves ads on its Prime-exclusive phones, but you at least get a discount on the phone itself.

While the advertiser has yet to respond to inquiries, the Chinese firm in a quick response neither denied nor accepted serving ads to its users. Some cheaper devices sometimes have ads in an effort to subsidize the cost of the phone for the manufacturer.

Huawei has come under fire in the USA recently: The Trump administration recently blacklisted the company, banning US firms from selling parts or software to it (or buying from it) without prior permission from the government. For instance, Xiaomi is known for placing ads on its phones, and the company is open about it as well.

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