Not using the default lockscreen wallpapers will stop the ads. As if Huawei didn't need more negative publicity right now, the company has seemingly begun allowing advertisements for Booking.com on the lock screens of several of its phones. The smartphone maker, amidst all the buzz around its Android OS alternative and the US-China trade warfare, is reportedly said to show advertisements to customers on the lock screen without their permission. The unexpected ads, which seem to appear only on preinstalled wallpapers of landscape imagery, have been spotted on a number of models, including the P20 Pro and P30 Pro.
So far, Huawei P30 Pro, P20 Pro, P20, P20 Lite and Honor 10 handset owners have reported seeing the ad, but the two Huawei P30 Pros in the TechRadar office are now Booking.com-free - so it's certainly a sporadic issue.
While the advertiser has yet to respond to inquiries, the Chinese firm in a quick response neither denied nor accepted serving ads to its users. The sudden appearance across so many devices and regions has users speculating whether Huawei has chose to mass deploy ads on its mobile devices, but there's no confirmation of that at this time.
Thus far the only recourse people have is to manually select and delete the individual images or by changing the lock screen image to ensure it is not from the default selection.
Huawei and its Honor brand further said it never initiated the ads, while also urging users to check app settings or follow publicly available directions on how to remove lock screen ads.