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Do you use ad-blockers on your Android phone?

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Whether you're visiting websites through your browser or using a free app or game from the Play Store, chances are you see a lot of ads on your Android phone.

When handled properly, ads are a good way for sites and apps to be offered for free, but at the same time, they can be overdone to the point where the user experience is ruined. As such, some users go the route of using ad-blockers.

Recently, this very topic came up for discussion in the AC forums.

Can anyone tell me the names of apps like Adguard that will block in app ads? I was using Adguard , but then it started blocking me to where I couldn't use my data on my phone. Any help us appreciated.

sweetypie31

I created custom filters in AdGuard Pro based on logs, and at one point I needed to first delete cache & data, then uninstall, reinstall - back to normal. Any app over time with lots of updates and changes might need the same.

Gayle Lynn

So I just played around with things. The private DNS option does work to some extent, but I did find a few ads that were not blocked by it that the app did block. I was hoping to uninstall the app, but I'm going to leave it for now.

Mooncatt

Looking through that back-and-forth, it got us to wondering — Do you use ad-blockers on your Android phone?

Join the conversation in the forums!

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

20 Comments
  • Oh heck, yeah! $99 life-long for Adguard on 4 devices. No ads ANYWHERE! YouTube Vance takes care of those annoying video ads. 💪
  • I thought ad blockers weren't allowed on the Play Store.
  • They aren't, and you can't use them without root access at the system level. But the play store isn't the only place to get apps, and using an ad blocker on a browser is trivial.
  • You don't need root to use one. There are several that do not need it.
  • DNS66 FTW!
    You will need to allow apps from unknown sources since adblockers are not allowed in the play store.
    It creates a VPN that directs DNS lookups through a list that blocks ads.
    Only DNS is routed to the VPN, not all traffic, so it's super fast.
  • On Android 9 or 10 you can adjust your DNS provider in connection settings so you shouldn't need an app or VPN... Not sure I'd really trust a company i don't know with my domain name lookups though.
  • You mean unlike Google or your cell provider, whom you implicitly trust with your DNS?
  • No, which is why i don't use either of them for DNS lol.
  • First of all, ALL ADS SHOULD BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED AS SUCH. When you watch TV, there is a CLEAR distinction between the content and the ads. Online continues to avoid this because paradoxically it would be even easier to remove said ads. 2nd, the use of 3, 9, 25 or more trackers IS HOSTILE to your users. You are literally scrapping data and participating in the disgusting harvesting of PII. Sites can claim "but our content is free..." to justify the demonstrably hostility towards user data in the guise of "it keeps the lights on". Take RING for example. The actual app made by same company can "track" user usage, can monitor and report issues its self directly back to the company that made the product and app. Instead using 3rd party trackers is ONLY done to further monetize user data, it shows a blatant disregard for privacy and is a middle finger to user cuz the whole TOS legalese again establishes the company is in control and users have to accept it. As for answering the question about using ad blockers... After I sign into a new device (computer/phone), I install Samsung's ad blocker on that browser, install Firefox and then visit NAI opt out and WebChoices opt out. Install ad blocker in Firefox at the end. I also edit my OS HOSTS file too. And EVERY computer I fix/upgrade in my business I automatically install ad blockers on any browser that supports add-ons. And I hide IE and Edge unless user specifically states they need either. If apps, companies are going to egregiously disrespect user data, I will block ads everywhere, all the time. And use anti ad block tools too.
  • As I get interrupted by ads while trying to reply to this. This site is horrible when it comes to ads.
  • "When handled properly, ads are a good way for sites and apps to be offered for free, but at the same time, they can be overdone to the point where the user experience is ruined. As such, some users go the route of using ad-blockers." Android Central are a good example of this. You guys use the kind of toxic, user hostile ads that push people towards ad blockers and ruin the potential for ad revenue for more conscientious companies and apps.
  • Yes. I use Adaway. It is a security risk not to use one.
  • Blokada here. Fantastic product!!
  • I still use "Block This!". Hasn't been updated in a while but does everything its supposed to. 👍🏽
  • I should considering not using most applications, and just use Firefox or opera. At least both block ads. Only problem: android does not allow browser's to access your devices GPS!! So that one is out the window.
  • I use dns66 and for home wifi I use pihole.
  • Absolutely, AdGuard (lifetime subscriptions) everywhere with no whitelist exceptions.
  • I use Brave for most of my browsing on mobile and desktop. As more and more sites participate in their BAT program, I hope to eventually see a major shift back toward responsible ad usage on sites. Like the days when we had dial-up, and site owners generally behaved themselves, because nothing drive users away like a bloated web page.
  • I'm using"energized" , it's a magisk module
    And YouTube vanced magisk module
  • I like browsing different web sites and watching YouTube. There are too many annoying ads, I just can’t get used to them. Now I use an ad blocker called AdLock. I consider its the best ad blocker among other apps.