How to block ads in Android apps/games

Ads are necessary evil. They are annoying. I feel really cheapo when I see ads on my phone’s screen.

Ads, they’re everywhere; on your free apps, free websites, on your blog [ Well, I support ads to blogging part. Cause it’s an income for a blogger 😉 ], Even if we don’t like them and ignore them, they’re still worth hundreds and millions of dollars.

You are using this apps, free website content etc for free because someone else is paying for it. Advertisers pay happily for their presence of their online presence. Thus, the service provider has to display ads to user in return for the income that is essential for their business. Advertisers are comepting online very aggressively as online marketing is the cheapest way to reach larger audience. As a user, you get the benefit of using this products for free with cost of some annoying ads on the screen. So, it is win-win for both user and advertisers.

But if you are sick of this ads and dont want on your screen anymore, there are some methods and here’s how we block the ads on your android devices.

This method may work on both your android roote or non-rooted device. Now, to perform this task you are need a file manager. Root Explorer, ES file explorer or Astro file manager or anyother works fine.

I – Using AddBlock Plus (ABP)

In this method we will use Ad-blocker apps, to block the ads on your apps & games. Now, thanks to large Android developers community we have number of ad-blocker apps available. AdBlock Plus and Ad away tops the list. But I will use AdBlock Plus(AB) because I have tried it and works like a charm.

One more thing, install ad-blockers using its APK file and not from Google Play Store!! (many free apk downloading websites are available)

Download ABP form Here: https://adblockplus.org/en/android-install

Follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings > Security on your Android
  • Navigate to the Unknown sources option.
  • Click the check-box, and then tap OK on the confirmation popup.

Your Android device is ready to install ad-blockers.
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Installing And Configuring Adblock Plus

I. Open a browser and download Adblock Plus for Android. Your device will receive the APK file: adblockplusandroid-version.apk

II. Explore the downloaded files and install it.

III-1 On rooted devices: after installing, open Adblock Plus. App will request for super user permission. Allow it and you are good to go.

III-2 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 (https://adblockplus.org/en/android-config) as instructions are different for Android versions up to 3.1 and 4.0+.s

Now, Adblock Plus will do its thing and your android will be ad free.

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

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