I have a Galaxy Note 9 where I usually have music playing in Amazon Music Player in the background while I play games. In the old version of the OS (Samsung's version Android 8.1) when I am playing a game and an advert starts, it would pause the music, but I could just slide down the notification area and unpause it. Since the recent upgrade to Android 9 (again Samsung's version which it automatically upgraded to), I have to wait until the advert has finished before I can unpause the music. This is ultra annoying!

I don't mind the advert, or even the advert playing its sounds while the music is in the background, but completely taking over the sound like this just wrong!

So is there a setting or app-permission or anything I can change to disable ads from stealing exclusive access to the audio?

  • Are you against using a third-party apps to disable ads, such as through an ad-blocker?
    – Firelord
    Mar 2, 2019 at 23:31
  • If it comes to that, then I don't mind installing them. Mar 2, 2019 at 23:35

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If adblock is an option, I highly recommend Blokada. It is a local VPN that uses host files to block ads and can work without root. More info here. (I am not affiliated with it). It sounds easiest just to block the ads

However, there is no way to keep an app from stealing audio focus that I am aware of.


Open the Google Settings app on your device (called Google Settings or Settings, depending on your device). Scroll down and tap Google. Tap Ads. Turn on Opt out of interest-based ads or Opt out of Ads Personalization. Reset the ad id, or user id.

This is the only thing I've been able to find on the subject. Like you, I run a background app while doing other things and, knock on plastic and glass, it seems to have worked I have an S10+, but it should be the same on your note

  • This would not affect sound in ads so not help to stop ads to mute music.
    – zb'
    Feb 17, 2023 at 7:30

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