How To Block Ads On Android
Web Browsing is an important part of being online, we spend roughly 70% of our time online visiting websites and for those not new to the Internet, you are met with (annoying) ads.
Ads are interfering and hinder our ability to consume content without interruptions. While on the desktop situation we have a lot of options for Ad Blocking via browser extensions, the latter half of computing devices or mobile devices in simpler words don’t exactly enjoy the elasticity of adapting the browsers both due to security reasons and device restrictions.
However if you are an Android user, you have some amount of control over your device. Android has been popular for the control it offers to its users. And this feature comes to light yet again. Basically, to block ads on Android there are two cases we’ll consider in this post, a user having root access and a user without root.
If your device lacks root access it’s most likely you can’t mess with the internals of the software stack. This is both good and bad, good for the device security, bad for customizability. Anyhow to block ads on your Android device without root access you have limited choices. One of which is using Adblock Browser.
Adblock Browser is by the same folks who wrote the AdBlock Plus desktop extension for the browsers and boy it is efficient. The app is available on the Play Store and throwing in some love for the fruit company and iOS version is available as well on the App Store. There’s not much to talk in terms of UI and design, it’s just a simple browser that works. You can head over to the settings and change if you want to view “some” ads or none at all. Once we’re done configuring sit back and browse. The experience is close to desktop i.e. content consumption sans ads.
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by techtalks @TechTalks March 14, 2016 4:57 AM UTC