Not every ad you see on your Android device is annoying. You may actually be interested in an ad or two you come across, but some apps just take things way too far. They bombard you with content you are not even slightly interested in. What can you do?
There are Android apps that work to get those ads off your phone. That way you can spend your time looking at what actually interests you.
1. Free AdBlocker Browser
Free AdBlocker Browser is a completely free and effective ad-blocker. It’s very easy to use since it blocks ads as soon as you start using it. If you want to see for yourself that the browser is blocking ads, tap on the Shield icon, and in the bottom-left corner you can see how many ads the app has blocked.
The browser can block banners, video ads, and pop-ups as well. Besides keeping the ads away, it also protects you from dangers such as phishing, malware, viruses, and more. This app is also battery-friendly, so you don’t have to worry battery drainage.
2. Block Pop-Ups, Ads and Ad Personalization on Chrome
Pop-Up ads can appear at the worst possible moment. If you are using the default Chrome browser on your Android phone, you can easily get it to disable pop-up ads. Launch the browser, tap on the three dots and tap on Settings.
Scroll down until you see Pop-ups and select it. Toggle it on, and the button should turn blue. The Ads option is also near the Pop-up option, so you can modify that one as well.
To disable the Ads Personalization, go to your device’s Settings -> Google -> Ads and toggle off the option. It will be on by default if you haven’t turned it off already.
3. Brave Browser
Brave Browser offers a tracking protection feature that will keep you safe. If for some reason you do want to be tracked, the feature can easily be enabled by tapping on the orange lion icon at the top.
Under Individual Controls you can either enable or disable the “Block Ads & Tracking” feature. As long as you’re there, you can also modify the settings for HTTPS Everywhere, Block 3rd party cookies, Block Scripts, and Fingerprinting Protection.
Webguard is an app that will block the ads on the browser you’re currently using. You won’t have to switch to another browser to be able to go ad-free since it worked just fine with Samsung Internet Browser, Firefox, Chrome, etc. The app also offers other useful features such as providing you with a firewall, data encryption, and virus protection. Root access is not required.
It also has advanced features where you can do things such as block all data from third-party apps and change the mobile browser UA to desktop. The app does warn you that these options are for advanced users.
5. AdBlock Plus for Samsung Internet
Chrome is obviously the most used browser, but that doesn’t mean the there aren’t users that still use the Samsung Internet browser. To get rid of ads on that particular browser, you can count on Adblock Plus for Samsung Internet.
The app will automatically take you to your device’s settings where you’ll need to enable the ad-blocker. If you go into “More blocking” options, you can disable/enable options such as tracking social media buttons and more. At the bottom you’ll also see an option to add another filter list as well.
6. Block Ads System-Wide with DN66 APK
A method that will also not fail you when blocking ads is the DN66 APK. To install this APK you will need to enable unknown sources on your Android device. After you’ve tapped on the link, you should be taken to F-Droid to install the APK. Swipe down to the packages section and click on the option that says ” download apk.”
After it’s done installing, tap on the notification that lets you know the download is complete. Tap on the “Install” button, and when the app launches you should be looking at the app’s main page. Tap on the Host tab and choose the Adaway hosts file option.
Tap on the shield icon of the option until it looks like the image above. If you see that the shield has a line across it, that means you need to tap again until it fills without the line. Tap on the refresh icon at the top-right and go back to the Start tab.
Tap on the Start button at the bottom and tap OK when the pop-up appears. That’s it. Now when you open any app or site on your favorite browser, you won’t see those annoying ads anymore. Don’t forget to go back into settings and disable unknown sources.
Thanks to ads, you can find things you’ve been meaning to buy. Who hasn’t come across at least a few ads they are actually interested in, right? But, there are times when those ads get to be too much. Thanks to these apps, you can finally visit sites without having to look at a single ad.
This article was first published in February 2014 and was updated in June 2018.
Image credit: man on the coast using his smartphone with ads blocker by Georgejmclittle/Shutterstock