Adjust your online settings
What you see is what you get. It can be tough to cut back or quit gambling if gambling websites and advertising pop up when you’re online.
It’s a constant challenge. Fortunately, you can control your online security and advertising settings in the browser, social media and websites you use.
Your Google Chrome browser
Try blocking gambling advertisers in your Google Chrome browser:
- On your computer, go to google.com, open your Google Account and click “Manage your Google Account”.
- In the left column, select “Data & personalisation”.
- Scroll down to “Ad personalisation”.
- Click “Go to ad settings” and turn ad personalisation OFF.
The instructions are similar for the Google Chrome app on your mobile device.
Your Facebook account
Here’s how to adjust Facebook ad preferences to limit gambling advertising:
- On your computer, click the down arrow in the top right of any Facebook page to access your account and click “Settings & privacy”, then “Settings”.
- Click “Ads” in the left sidebar.
- On your ad preferences page, you can update the ads you don’t want to see, choose what Facebook information is used to show you ads and adjust your general ad settings.
The instructions are similar for the Facebook app on your mobile device.
You can also download ad blockers like Adblock Plus to filter or block ads on your desktop and mobile browsers.
Or go a step further with self-exclusion
A further step you can take is to block, ban or bar yourself (also called self-exclusion) from everywhere you know gambling is an issue for you – including websites and apps.