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How Do I Stop Pop-Ups In Words With Friends

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Android, iOS

Shawn from Minnesota writes:

I play Words With Friends on my tablet and every single time I make a move an ad pops up. I have to watch at least a few seconds of it before I can get back to the game. How can I get rid of these pop-ups?

There’s one solution, Shawn. You can pay for the full version of Words With Friends.  It will cost you $4.99, but you will be spared those commercials. Otherwise, those ads are just the price you pay for your “free” app.

~ Cynthia

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75 Responses to “How Do I Stop Pop-Ups In Words With Friends”

  1. MarkJ says:

    Way to tell it like it is Cynthia. How can some people pay $80-90 a month for a phone and think $5 for an app they use everyday is too much. I guess too many of us have gotten used to the “Free” apps situation. Though it sounds like this game’s ads are more intrusive than most which simply display at the bottom all the time instead of popping up.

  2. Les Arthur says:

    I had the same frustration and for sometime, didn’t know how to even buy the “pay” version (I use a Kindle Fire) because it was not listed in the app store; however, I finally found that option in the menu within the game. It is well worth paying for it – not only did the ads stop coming, the game itself runs much smoother.

  3. Kevin says:

    Unfortunately you guys don’t realize people play on facebook and there is no option on facebook to buy the app….

  4. Larry says:

    My mother in law wants a words with friends version without pop up ads. We can’t delete her current version on her iPad and buy the $4.99 version. Then box always comes up saying open, without the $4.99 option ever appearing.



    • cynthia says:

      Actually, Deborah – many other “free” games do require you to pay to upgrade to ad-free version. When you think about it, to maintain a game, you need to make money on it. The money can come from people paying for the game or from advertisers. But it has to come from somewhere or there would be no way to support the games. Just like television, you can watch ads or pay extra for premium ad-free services.

  6. Suzanne says:

    I would like to get the the words with friends app without pop up ads…if I delete the free version…it says it will delete all data…so all current games will be lost. Is this correct?

  7. Jeanne says:

    Download adblock for free. Works like a dream.

  8. nunya says:

    I have the paid version, but unfortunately the moronic developers didn’t consider their own ads. I get constant urging to buy their hindsight tool or to sign up for community match

  9. Noni says:

    I don’t begrudge an ad every now and again but on Facebook an ad after every play is ridiculous. So what I do is play my word, highlight the url and as the ad appears I press enter and the game continues with the ad gone. Still annoying but not as much as those ads are.

  10. Colin says:

    I get how to stop the ads between turns. How about the ads running on the bottom of the screen non stop as I’m playing? It bogs my computer down something awful. I’m sure there’s a setting somewhere and I haven’t located it yet. Anyone have any ideas?

    • Moe says:

      Colin: did your get an answer re those ads beneath the game board….as you say they really bog down the game and most times make it impossible to play a letter.

  11. Sunny says:

    can i retain all my word games if i sign up for ad free??? or do i have to start all over??

  12. Lana March says:

    No, if you upgrade from within the game, you need not to worry. It will upgrade without changing anything and it will keep your games.

  13. Cb says:

    Have just gone into Settings. No option to upgrade :(
    Tried to download the paid App, didn’t work…

    • cynthia says:

      You need to be in Setting in the game, not in Android. Go to the very bottom of your home page and tap settings. At the top of settings, you’ll see a header that says Ads. Then Remove Ads with a buy now button.

  14. Joan says:

    I want to buy words with friends for my HP Stream 8 but as it isn’t android, even google play won’t let me download the app. I am more than happy to pay for the game to get rid of the ads that are between moves and also the side ads in facebook that are encroaching onto the player board. Ant
    Any help?

    • cynthia says:

      An HP Stream is a Windows computer. The Google Play Store only sells apps for Android. You would need to check the Windows app store to find the version for your device.

  15. Bonnie Mc Cune says:

    I play Words With Friends on Face Book on my Mac Desktop and would love to Remove Web ads and I am willing to pay. I have searched everywhere and tried to follow instrctions but it is as if there is no option…..Can someone help me ??

    Thank You

  16. Danny says:

    I have the paid version and like others I also play WWF’s on FB and today ads started popping up on FB’s WWF’s.


  17. keith says:

    I bought the ad free version a long time ago and it worked fine. However, I have recently been getting annoying pop up ads at the bottom of the screen after every move. I can’t stop them. To my mind they are ads and I paid to stop them so why are they appearing.

  18. Lola says:

    After every move I get a blank white square with Zynga in a red box on the upper left corner with another little white box under that big white box that asks me each time to “Enjoy the very best words with friends experience on Facebook with no third party ads between moves and to buy for $9.99.”

    Then after each last move it tells me that I’m out of moves. I know I’m out of moves, I don’t want to buy anything, and I don’t want to see the blank white square that I have to refresh each time I make a move.

    Please, can someone help me get rid of this

    Thank you

  19. Maree Ratcliff says:

    I purchased words on my computer and it is add free. I use the same account on my android tablet but it says I have to purchase to remove adds. Do I have to purchase again. Thanks Maree

    • cynthia says:

      When you purchase the paid version, you’re purchasing the app. If your PC and tablet have the same operating system (Windows 8 for example), you can use that app for both devices. If not, you’ll likely have to purchase the app that goes with that OS. Now is you purchase the Android app, it should work with any Android device – The app purchased for your iOS device will work on any Apple device etc…

  20. Michele says:

    I have enabled ABP (Ads Block Plus)it works great but what started a few days ago is a blank Zygna screen after every word I play. So annoying!

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