How To Minimize, Disable, and/or Remove Amazon Lock Screen Offers &Ads
on your Amazon Prime Moto G4, Moto G4 Play, or BLU R1 HD phone

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Last updated: May 22, 2017

Summary:
I purchased an Amazon BLU R1 HD smartphone last year for $59. I saved $50 by being an Amazon Prime member and buying the Amazon version which shows lockscreen offers and ads whenever you turn on the phone. The BLU R1 HD is a great budget smartphone, and for $59 with the LockScreen Offers, it's a heck of a deal. I didn't think I would mind the ads, and really liked saving the $50. But since I've had it, the ads have started to bug me. I looked into ways to disable or remove the lockscreen ads, but didn't want to go so far as to "root" my phone or do anything too technical, as I didn't want to spend the time learning how to root a phone, nor did I want to risk turning my new smartphone into a brick or paperweight. But since then I've found out it is extremely simple to minimize the ads, and also easy to block the smaller minimized ads so you end up with no ads or offers at all. Here's how to do it...

Disclaimer:
Before I get started, I guess I should address whether disabling the Amazon ads is right and/or moral (if anyone cares). I don't think there's anything wrong with it, but the decision is yours. I'm not the kind of person who buys based on ads (as far as I know, but who really knows with subliminal advertising). I ignore ads, whether they're on TV, on Pandora, on the back of a bus, or on my smartphone. Since I'm used to ignoring ads, I didn't think the Amazon ads would bother me, but as I said, they actually have started to bug me a bit. They aren't as bad (yet) as all the Viagra and Cialis commercials on network TV that I'm subjected to when I watch football with my kids (hey dad, what's Viagra?). But the bottom line is that I'd rather not see ads for things I will never buy and other things that tend to annoy me. I think Amazon realizes that some of the people who buy their Prime-subsidized phones will never buy based on the ads. Plus, you do have to buy a Prime membership to get the phone deal, so Amazon is making money on your Prime membership, and they're getting lots of positive publicity by offering these Prime smartphones. In the end, whether I see the ads or not, I'm not going to purchase anything based on them, so I don't think there is anything "wrong" with minimizing and/or disabling them, just like I don't feel guilty if I leave the room during a TV commercial to use the bathroom or get a snack. Feel free to leave a comment below if you want to add to this "ethics" discussion. :)

Before - example of full-size Amazon LockScreen offers ad.

After Step One - Amazon ad minimized to notification size.

After Step Two - Amazon ad removed.

STEP ONE) MINIMIZE THE LOCKSCREEN OFFERS & ADS
This is simple. If you have a pending notification when you turn on your phone (such as you got a text), the full-size Amazon ad will be reduced and will show up as a smaller notification-sized ad under your other notification. I installed an app that always notifies me what type of cellular network I'm on. You can see the result in the "Step One" picture above. The Network Notification disables the fullscreen ad and instead I get a much smaller and less annoying ad. You can download and install this app on the Google Play store. It's called "Network Type Indictor". There may be other apps that do this same thing (always generate a notification when you turn on the phone). If you find one that you like better, feel free to leave a comment below and share it!

STEP TWO) DISABLE & REMOVE THE LOCKSCREEN OFFERS & ADS
This step is a little more complicated, but is still easily doable. If you enable "developer options" on your phone, you'll then be able to disable the Amazon LockScreenService process/app, and can then swipe away and disable the smaller Amazon notification-size ad. The ad will be gone the next time you turn on your phone. I find that occasionally an ad will start showing up again, but then you just swipe it away. When you reboot your phone, you'll need to repeat disabling the LockScreenService process/app again.
  1st. You must enable "developer options". You only have to do this once. Go to [settings] and then scroll down and select [about device]. Next, scroll down to [Build number] and tap "build number" seven times. After two taps you may get a pop-up notifying you that you are now X taps away from becoming a developer. Keep tapping until you get the notice that you are now a developer. You have enabled developer options.
  2nd. Now go back to [settings], and then go to and select [Developer options]. Next, select [Running services]. Select "Amazon offers". Find [LockScreenService] and press "STOP". You will be asked if you really want to stop this system service. Say "OK".
 * note: each time you reboot your phone (power off and then power on), the LockScreenService app will be restarted, so you will have to go back and stop (disable) it again.
  3rd. Now turn off and on your phone. Before you unlock the screen, swipe away the Amazon ad. You should now be able to turn off and on your phone and not see any Amazon lockscreen ads. If you do occasionally see an ad, just swipe it away.

 As of February 24, 2017, disabling and removing the lockscreen offers as described in the old step two above no longer works

STEP TWO) USE "NotiEDA" APP TO REMOVE THE MINIMIZED SMALL AMAZON ADS
 (thanks to reader Rohan Modi for commenting below with this solution...)
If you use a recurring notification like "Network Type Indicator" as described in Step One, instead of the full-screen Amazon ad, you'll get a small minimized notification-size ad instead. You can live with the small minimized ad, or you can remove (block) it with the NotiEDA app.  Setting up the NotiEDA app isn't very easy and the first time I installed it, I thought it didn't work. But I tried installing it again, and got it to work using the following steps.
1. Search for "NotiEDA" on the Google Play store and install it.
2. Open the app.
3. The first screen will say "Block irritating push..."  Select NEXT
4. The second screen will say "Collect interested..." Select NEXT
5. The third screen will say "Privacy mode..." Select NEXT
6. The fourth screen will say "Please choose a smart notification in Notification Access Setting list." Select "NOTIFICATION ACCESS"
7. At this point, you may get stuck on a grayed-out screen (see image below), and nothing you touch will do anything. This is where I thought the app did not work. If this happens, hit your phone's back button to continue...
8. Now you should see a screen that says "Notification access" and shows Amazon Offers and NotiEDA. Touch the NotiEDA on/off slider to turn it ON.
9. A popup screen will ask "Allow notification access for NotiEDA". Select "ALLOW"
10. If your screen doesn't change, hit your phone's back button.
11. Now you should see "Spam Notification Settings" | "Applications" | "Amazon Offers" and a BELL symbol
12. Touch the BELL symbol for Amazon Offers to turn the bell off. You then need to touch NEXT, and NEXT again, and NEXT again to save the "bell off" setting. You can then close NotiEDA.

Now when you turn on your phone, you should only see the "Network Type Indicator" notification. If you still see the small Amazon ad, open up NotiEDA and go to Spam Notification Settings. Under Applications, check if the bell for Amazon Offers is disabled (blocked). If you're still seeing the ads, it probably isn't. You need to disable the bell, and save the setting. To do this, touch the bell to disable it, then touch "ADD KEYWORDS", then touch "APPLICATIONS" to make sure the bell is now disabled. Then close the app. If you disable the bell but the app doesn't save the setting, the bell won't actually be disabled.


notes on installing and using the NotiEDA app.  The NotiEDA app is available on the Google Play store (upper left image). If you get stuck on a non-responsive grayed-out screen (rightimage), hit the back arrow on your phone. To access "Spam Notification Settings" (lower left image), touch the three horizontal lines on the main app screen (middle image)

It took me a couple of tries installing NotiEDA and setting it up to get it to work, but eventually it worked. It might be easier to install than I have indicated above. You may not need to go through all my steps, but if it isn't working, try them. Also remember, if you get a grayed-out screen and nothing works, try hitting your phone's back button. Once you get the app set up and disable the bell for Amazon Offers, it works. Based on the mixed reviews for the app, I think many people gave up and concluded the app doesn't work. It isn't very intuitive or easy to set up, but once you get it set up, it works!

CONCLUSION:
The Amazon Prime "Lock Screen Offers / Ads" BLU R1 HD, MOTO G, and MOTO G PLAY smartphones are a great deal, and are an easy way to save $50 of three very nice, very capable smartphones. And if you decide the lockscreen ads bother you, now you know a perfectly legitimate way to "minimize" the Amazon ads by using an app that always loads a notification when you turn on your phone (such as Network Type Indictor). If even the small notification-sized Amazon ads still bother you, you can go one step further and use the NotiEDA app to block the minimized Amazon ads.

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How To Minimize, Disable, and/or Remove Amazon Lock Screen Offers & Ads:
Comments / Questions / Feedback:

Comment by Zach on Wednesday, February 22, 2017
This workaround seems to have been patched.

Reply by Steve (Cranial Borborygmus)
Hi Zach, Thanks for commenting. I just checked my BLU R1 HD, and the two steps I explained in this post are still working fine for me. Which Amazon Prime phone do you have? Did you try my suggestions, and what isn't working for you? There are two things you can do. First, if you have a recurring notification as I suggest, the full-screen ad gets hidden and replaced with a small ad. Second, if you go through my steps to disable the LockScreenService process after you start your phone, then you can swipe away the smaller ad. Sometimes it comes back, but you can swipe it away again, and most of the time it doesn't show up. Of course, you have to repeat disabling the LockScreenService process anytime you reboot your phone. Please feel free to comment again and explain what you think got patched. Thanks!

Comment by Zach on Wednesday, February 22, 2017
I'm using a Moto g4. I received it yesterday, and did the workaround. Plugged it on for the night. This morning the full screen ads were back. I restarted my phone and did both workarounds again, but it is staying this time.

Reply by Steve (Cranial Borborygmus)
Hi Zach, Thanks for the follow-up. If you install the "Network Type Indictor" app and turn on notifications, then its notification on the lockscreen should block the full-screen ad (and you get a small ad instead as shown in my screenshot). Actually, any notification (such as you had a missed call) will block the full screen ad. Did you see the "network type" notification when you got the full screen ad this morning? And on the second step of swiping away the smaller ad, sometimes it will come back after a while, but then you just swipe it away again. Thanks again for your comment.

Update by Steve (Cranial Borborygmus)
Hi again Zach, I now see what you mean. This morning I had a full-screen ad showing under my recurring NetworkType notification. Disabling the LockScreenService process now results in the full size ad being shown underneath the notification. Using a notification to block the full-screen ad (Step 1) still works, but Step 2 does not, and actually it reverses Step 1. I've added an update to my post above. Thanks again for commenting.

Comment by Gregory on Sunday, April 16, 2017
I downloaded a notification manager on my g5 plus that disables the small notification.

Reply by Steve (Cranial Borborygmus)
Hi Gregory, Thanks for the suggestion. I searched on Google PlayStore for "notification manager" and saw two apps. I downloaded and installed one of them, but it's not very intuitive what to do next or how to remove notifications. Which app do you use, and how do you use it? Thanks.

Comment by Rohan Modi on Sunday, May 21, 2017
Hello, Download NotiEDA from the play store, and block notifications from Amazon Offers, and that gets rid of the minimized ads.

Reply by Steve (Cranial Borborygmus)
Hi Rohan, Thanks for your comment and suggestion. I downloaded NotiEDA for the Google Play store and tested it. It isn't very easy to set up, but once it is set up correctly, it really does work! I've added your suggestion to my review above. Thanks again for commenting.

Comment by Pablo on Monday, May 22, 2017
Notification manager (Green icono) works perfect on motog5 plus!! For the first and big notification I used wheater bug. - Pablo from argentina

Reply by Steve (Cranial Borborygmus)
Hi Pablo, Thanks for your comment!

 

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