How To Block Ads On Android Phone Games, Browsers And Applications

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Ads are a necessary evil to me. Many websites, games and applications are providing you with free service, free content and free software because someone else is  paying them to keep them up. Thus, the service provider has to serve ads to you in return for the income that is keeping them in business, and in development. As the user, you reap the benefit of using the product for free.
However, sometimes the ad placements can be really annoying, contributing to not-so-appealing user experience. In this post we will look at methods to block ads from showing up on Android. You can block ads from appearing in apps and games, or only on browsers.
The methods here may work for both rooted and non-rooted devices. It will be specified for each method. Before we begin, you need a File Manager, e.g. Astro File Manager or ES file explorer (get on google  playstore) Any other file manager will work fine.

Disclaimer: Attempt ad-blocking at your own risk. Mokoshalb Global Pimpz cannot be held responsible for any effects on your device resulting from these methods.

Adblock Plus (ABP) (Method 1):
This method uses ad-blockers (apps) to block all ads in your device, including the ads shown in various apps and games. There are many ad-blockers for Android, thanks to the ever-growing Android developers. The top two would be Adblock Plus (ABP) and AdAway; we wil discuss the former, but you can install AdAway if that’s your preference.
We’re going with Adblock Plus as it is an open source project and has the option to allow non-intrusive ads. This method works for both rooted and non-rooted devices. Installing an ad-blocker app requires your device to allow applications from unknown sources.
Sideloading is required as Google has removed ad-block apps from Google Play Store. You need to sideload any ad-blocker, i.e. install ad-blockers using its APK file and not from Google Play Store.

Procedures:

  • Go to Settings > Applications (or Security on 4.0 and above) on your Android device.
  • Navigate to the Unknown sources option.
  • If unchecked, tap the checkbox, and then tap OK on the confirmation popup.
  • Your Android device is ready to install ad-blockers.
  • Open a browser in your device and download Adblock Plus for Android.
  • Install and Open It.
  • On rooted devices: It will request for super user permissions. Allow super user permissions to Adblock Plus and you are good to go.
  • On non-rooted devices: you need a few more steps, to manually set up proxy in your Android. You will need to follow the instructions here as instructions are different for Android versions up to 3.1 and 4.0+.
  • Now Adblock Plus will start blocking ads. You can set more options in Adblock Plus like ads filter lists, non-intrusive ads, etc in Settings.

Block Ads Using ‘Hosts’ File (Method 2):

This method uses ‘hosts’ file to block ads. This method blocks all ads in your device, including the ones shown in various apps and games. This method works only for rooted devices.

What Is A ‘Hosts’ File?
‘Hosts’ file is a plain-text file in an operating system to map host names (like anything.com) to its IP address. Whenever you try to launch a website using its host name, the operating system will usually search the ‘hosts’ file to find the corresponding IP address first.
If the search is successful, then its mapped IP address is used; otherwise a query is sent to DNS (Domain Name Service) to find the IP address of that hostname.

Setting Up ‘Hosts’ File

  • On the computer, Save this page as the name hosts in the computer.
  • Using Bluetooth or a USB connection, copy this hosts file from your computer to your Android device. Note the file path.
  • On your Android, open the file manager in your device and copy the hosts file to /etc or/system/etc. Accessing this location may require you to ‘allow super user permissions’ to the file manager.
  • Rename the original hosts file (if present) to a .txt or .bak extension. Paste the saved hosts file here. Reboot your Android and your Android is now ad-free.


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1 COMMENT

  1. "To block adds I use now Dotvpn which is very efficient and the quickest VPN I ever used. And I used a lot.
    Works on PC and now very well on Android.
    Of course the paid version works better and it costs less than $5 a month. Which is a little amount for a big relief. Not to mention that blocking adds is not the only feature of a VPN…

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