How to Remove Sponsored Ads from Bluestacks Forever

February 11, 2016
Remove Sponsored Ads from Bluestacks

Bluestacks initially started as a complete freeware, but, as time passed, it gained popularity, it changed from freeware to shareware, i.e. you’ve to pay to use this software.

The recurring monthly fees of $2 is too much to use an Android Emulator software where there are many other Bluestacks Alternatives for free.

But, you’re provided with an additional option to install their sponsored apps and continue using Bluestacks.

Let’s move on to removing these sponsored ad popups from Bluestacks.

A Simple Tweak to Remove Sponsored Ads from Bluestacks Forever

Even after those sponsored ads, if you still like Bluestacks and want to continue using it without facing those sponsored ads popup (either pay $2/month or install their sponsored apps), here’s one of the simplest way to remove ads from Bluestacks:

Steps to Remove Sponsored Ads from Bluestacks:

  1. Download and Install Open Root Explorer in Bluestacks.
  2. Navigate to Open Root Explorer in Bluestacks -> Data -> Downloads.
  3. Find a file named S2P.apk and delete it.
It’s not a compulsion to use Open Root Explorer. You can use any of your favourite File Manager/Explorer as far as it contains the required features to delete the file. Make sure you first copy and save this S2P.apk file somewhere on your PC (as a backup if something goes wrong).

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If you’ve an older version of Bluestacks:

The directory of Data/Downloads is only found in Bluestacks later than v0.9.24.

Steps to remove sponsored ads if you’ve a Bluestacks version older than v0.9.24:

  1. Start Open Root Explorer -> System -> App.
  2. Delete S2P.apk.

What happens when you delete the S2P.apk?

S2P.apk is a synchronizing service with automatically syncs to the Bluestacks servers that contains your account information, whether you’ve paid for using Bluestacks or not, etc. so, deleting this app will stop syncing to the Bluestacks servers and as a result, you’ll never receive those sponsored ad popups forever.


Removing sponsored ad popups from Bluestacks is quite easy. So, get rid of sponsored ads in Bluestacks easily within minutes!

Do you know any other way to remove sponsored ads from Bluestacks? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Reply Vicki August 5, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Hello, In the Bluestacker2 it will not give you option to “Delete” It only gives you popup options “Cancel” “View” and “Install”
    Please if you have anything else that can help us remove the Welcome Tab that would be great, I also noticed there is a “Welcome.xml? file but again, will not let me delete it 🙁 Thank you.

    • Reply dhimz August 14, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      tap n hold until another option pop up

  • Reply Julio September 21, 2016 at 7:07 am

    thanks man, its really working. godbless.

  • Reply Eddy King October 3, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks a milli

  • Reply Vijay December 28, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Thanks Dude, Again you helped me to showing ads fro, bluestack. thanx alot. Duded

  • Reply Alec Heesacker January 21, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I went into Settings and I could not access the Google Play to download
    the adware removable software! Someone has to fix the application offline!
    Bluestacks is infected with adware and there is no way around it!
    There is no data/downloads folder to install it into Bluestacks!
    I hate this junk application!

    • Reply Alec Heesacker January 21, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      I can’t take any risks of getting my laptop infected with Trojan Horses
      and so forth viruses! I just can’t! It is best to request that Steam should
      include Final Fantasy Record Keepers, Xavier and Mobius on Steam!

  • Reply xyz March 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    how to get root explorer

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