How to block ads on Android

How to block ads on Android

Since the dawn of time man has sought ways to avoid being bombarded by ads at every turn.  Even the caveman of yesteryear would consistently run into cave drawings promising rounder wheels or hotter fire.  Fast forward a few millennia and here we are with our Android devices being harassed at every turn by advertisements.  While some apps have paid versions to remove ads, some do not offer such a possibility; hence new methods of ad blocking came to be.  There are various methods for achieving a relatively ad free experience on Android, all of which are not very difficult to employ.Now you should know that XDA is funded by ads. Our 10 servers (we literally have 10), our workers, our belly dancers, and our premium liquor selection wouldn’t be possible if we had no ads. So don’t block ads. But if you want to, this guide will help you.

Ad Blocking Apps

One of the longest running and still very effective methods is to use an app whose sole purpose is to block ads.  The following APKs will do the trick, just make sure you device is rooted first.

AdGuard

AdGuard can be downloaded directly from the AdGuard website and offers a nice selection of content control tools. Use AdGuard for ad blocking, privacy protection, browsing security and parental control.

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AdLock

AdLock is a blocking solution that has options for PC and Android. It’s an easy way to block in-game ads or browser ads while using your phone. You’ll even have the option to block specific websites and filter all of your traffic through HTTPS secure filtering.

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AdAway

An app that has been around for a very long time, yet still functions extremely well, is AdAway.  Download the latest APK from here and just move it to your device’s storage.  Now in Settings -> Security make sure that Unknown Sources is checked to on.

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You then fire up your favorite file explorer, and tap the APK file, which will begin the installation process.  Once it is installed you can open up the app.  The first thing to select is Download Files and apply ad blocking.  It will go through its procedure while you sip your hot coffee, and once it is complete you are good to go.  You also have the option to disable ad blocking if you so choose.

Just restart your phone and you are now ad-free!

Adblock Plus

A similar application to AdAway, this works the same way.  Download from here and install the same way.  Once you open the app, you will see the following screen.  Just hit OK.

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This next screen has various options.  If you want to hide the icon it gives you a couple ways to do it.  The advanced settings have options to start at boot, refresh, and refresh over WiFi.  I disable the WiFi option because it does not take up that much data.

Just reboot your device and you are set!

Xposed Module

There are also a couple of Xposed modules you can use to achieve an ad-free experience.  This thread goes over Xposed in general and how to get it loaded on your device.

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But if you are not familiar with Xposed it may be simpler to use one of the APKs above.

The module MinMinGuard should work for you

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Particularly the latest compiled version here.

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You just download that APK and install it with normal APK installation.  Then open up Xposed and click on Modules, you will see MinMinGuard.  Just hit the checkmark box at the right, and then reboot your device. After reboot open up your Xposed app again, go to Modules, and click on MinMinGuard.  A screen will show your installed apps.  Now just select which ones you want to block ads on.  After that you are good to go!

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Browser

Now for mobile browsing, you’ve got another solution!

Adblock Browser for Android

This browser has generally favorable reviews and will block a lot of online content while browsing.  

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So whatever method you use, you should now be able to use your Android device ad free and rid yourself of those intrusions! Now we have to go break the news to our belly dancers…