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How to block ads in the app and Android browser

noviembre 29, 2019

Advertisements are everywhere, from television, newspapers, magazines, billboards, radio and even from your Android apps. While ads in other things are generally acceptable and cannot be ignored, but ads in an app, a game, or a website are particularly annoying and sometimes annoying (not all ads are annoying, but some ads are annoying surely). Fortunately as on PC, you can block ads on your Android phone using the methods I described below.

Here's how to block ads on your Android smartphone:

1. Block ads using the Adblock Plus app

In this method, we used the Adblock Plus app, created by the same trusted comrades who popularized the Adblock Plus browser add-on. Adblock Plus works using the reverse proxy, which means that it requires web servers on behalf of the client (your phone) and then passes the content as if it were the server itself. If you have not received it or want more information, please refer to this Wiki link. This app blocks ads, at the system level, in apps, browsers, games, etc. One thing to note that need to keep the app running in the background . If you close it, the ad-gates will open and the ads will appear again. Follow the steps below to install and configure it:

STEP 1: Since Adblock Plus is not available on Play Store, you need to download the apk file from here. Before installing it, go to Settings> Security> Enable unknown sources. If you wish, you can disable (recommended) unknown sources after installation.

Enable this option

STEP 2: open the app and activate the Filter option at the top. Without this option enabled, Adblock will not block ads. For most phones, Adblock will automatically configure proxies and perform the necessary operations in the background, without requiring user intervention. But for some reasons, if you can't enable the filter, follow this guide to do it manually.

STEP 3: After activating the filter, you are ready to go, but if you want to optimize you can always select a different subscription from the list.

Moreover, there are acceptable ad options . Enabling this option you can view some non-intrusive ads. You can enable or disable it based on your preferences. I personally prefer to keep it active because many apps and websites are based on advertising revenue.

If you don't like the Adblock icon shown in the Notifications you can do it by clicking on Hide icon.

Remember that Adblocks must be running in the background for the ads to be blocked.

2. Block ads in browsers on Android (for Firefox)

If you object to changing the software or don't want an application running in the background, the options available are rather limited. This method will only block ads in the Firefox app and not at the system level. So, if you're using Chrome, Opera or any other browser application, you'll need to switch to Firefox.

STEP 1: First of all, install Firefox if you don't have it on your Android device. Open it and go to Settings> Tools> Add-ons. Tap Browse all Firefox add-ons. Search for Adblock Plus and install.

Make sure it has the red "ABP" icon

STEP 2: Once the installation is complete, Adblock Plus will automatically start blocking your ads. If you want to change the filters or explore more options, go to Tools> Add-ons> Adblock Plus. The options here are the same as described in Method 1.

Although this method works as the desktop add-on for Firefox, it works only within Firefox for Android.

3. Block ads on your Android using the Adblock Plus browser

Adblock released its browser without advertising just 2 days ago. Previously, if someone had to surf the Internet without advertising on their Android device, they had to install the Adblock app on their device or install the Adblock extension on their Firefox mobile browser, but not anymore.

Currently, the Adblock browser in beta. Here's how to get it:

  • Join the Adblock browser for the Google+ community Android Android . (The community already has 34,000 members!)
  • On the "About this community" page you can get the direct APK download link. Also, you can read reviews and user feedback on the community.

The browser in beta and has few bugs, but it won't take much time for developers to solve problems and make it a perfect standalone ad-free browser for all Android users.

Conclusion

While there are many great apps, ads are inevitable as they are one of the revenue generating tools. Therefore, if you like a website or an app, posting ads could be one of the things you can do to support it. But for all those annoying ads out of place, you know how to deal with them now.

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