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How To Block Ads on Android Device Without Root

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Since the dawn of time, we humans are being bombarded with advertisements with every possible way we can. And, in case you are a user like me, you will not like the experience at all.

In fact, no one likes being broadcasted to a series of ads amidst something very interesting. Unlike yesteryears when ads were limited to the television sets only, development of apps has given a whole new world to them to flourish further.

Don’t you feel Android apps are being harassed with these ad pop-ups? While ad-removing options are available with an option to opt for the paid version, it is not possible for every single user to grab the same opportunity.

In fact, why would you pay for something when alternatives are all available for the same? Wishing to know more about these alternatives? If yes, bring your focus right here to know how to block ads on your Android device.

Ways to Block Ads on Android Device Without Root

1 Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus is an open source project that can be used to block ads equally on a rooted and non-rooted device. Well, allowing the app on your smartphones needs providing permission to apps from unknown sources.

Additionally, Google has removed ad-blocking apps from Google Play and thus you need to sideload the adblocker, meaning installing ad-blockers using the APK files and not from the Play Store.

Opt for the direction as shown below:

  1. Go to Settings > Applications (or Security on 4.0 and above) on your Android device.

  2. Navigate to the Unknown sources option.

  3. If unchecked, tap the checkbox, and then tap OK on the confirmation pop-up.

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2 AdAway

AdAway is an amazing application that works quite well to remove ads from your Android devices. The app has remained there for the users for a very long time and still performs extremely well if compared with others in a similar category. In order to run AdAway, users need to download the latest APK to install the same in their device storage.

For downloading the application, follow the procedure as shown below:

  1. Download the latest APK and move it device storage

  2. Successful download will bring a pop-up to reboot the Android device. It is not really necessary to reboot the device

  3. Now it’s time to scan for Adware from the menu.

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3 Xposed Module

Xposed Module can also help users to get an ad-free experience. There are certain modules that Xposed offers to a user in order to get the ad-free experience. Xposed works similarly to the two apps mentioned and explained above. Among a host of modules that Xposed has for its users, let’s have a look at MinMinGuard module.

For downloading the link, follow the process as written:

  1. Download the link from here

  2. After successful APK installation,

  3. Open up Xposed and click on Modules

  4. You will see MinMinGuard. Just hit the checkmark box at the right, to reboot the device  

Besides opting for the apps listed above, there is one more method that users can try out to block ads on their Android apps. Here comes the explanation:

4. Blocking Ads Using “hosts” file

The users need to try this method by using the “hosts” file in order to block the ads. This is a great way to block the ads not only on your device but also the ads that are shown in various apps and games. The method works particularly well for rooted devices.

Let’s have a look at what “host” file actually mean.

‘Hosts” file is basically a plain-text in any operating system that helps map hostnames (website address) to its IP address. Every time a user tries to launch a website using its hostname, the OS usually searches for the “host” file to find the corresponding IP address.

In case, the search is successful, the mapped IP address is used else a query is sent to Domain Name Services or DNS  in order to find hostname IP address.  

Setting up the host file

A - To set up the file, open MVPS (or pgl.yoyo.org or hostfile.mine.nu) on your browser. You will see a plain-text page that will open. Save this page as the name hosts in the computer.

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B - with USB or Bluetooth connection, copy this host file from your device to Android phone. Don’t forget to note the file path.

C - the file can also be opened through file manager on your smartphone to copy the host file to /etc or /system/etc. Accessing this location may require the users to ‘allow superuser permissions’ to the file manager.

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D - Always remember to rename hosts file (if there are any) to a .txt or .bak extension in order to paste the saved file here. Reboot the device and your Android becomes ad-free.

The Upshot

Although ads may sound annoying to the users, they are a great way for app marketers to introduce new applications to users. Alternatively, many apps offer you the way to buy an ad-free premium version for a non-ad viewing experience. The option is absolutely a good one but it comes with additional charges and that is why it is always recommended to opt for ways that we have listed here.

It is also recommended to opt for these predefined ways as an ad-free app version enriches the browsing experience be it for an app or a game. The users should also remain well aware of the technical know-how of these app installations.  

Aparna <span>Growth Strategist</span>
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