Block ads on Android without rooting your phone
There are ads everywhere on a typical Android device. Not only are they annoying, they are also used to monitor you and expose you to malware. If you’re tired of constant advertising, you’re happy to know that system-wide ad blocking isn’t difficult at all and can be done in minutes.
In the past, blocking Android ads included rooting your device, playing with host files, etc. Today, you don’t have to do anything like that. With just a few clicks, you can save your data plan and speed up your device by preventing it from downloading and viewing unnecessary content.
In this article, I’ll show you how you can use the free and open source app to block all Android ads without draining your battery.
Blockade is the application I use in this tutorial. It’s available for free from the F-Droid archive, so you can get it from there if you have the F-Droid app on your phone. Alternately, download apk From the F-Droid website and install it from there.
Observe: Be sure to allow applications from unknown sources to be installed in Settings before attempting to install an APK file.
Use of blockade
Blokada uses Android’s VPN system to block ads in the same way as popular options like AdGuard, but instead of filtering all ad traffic information, it just passes and filters DNS traffic. This allows Blokada to block ads and effectively monitor malware without affecting battery life.
1. There are not many settings for the blockade to work. Once the app is installed, launch it and tap the power button at the bottom of the screen.
2. You should be prompted to confirm the application’s request to set up a VPN on your device. Press “OK” to grant permission.
3. The Block icon will turn orange and a small wrench icon will appear in the status bar to indicate that the VPN session is active. This means that the service is actively blocking ads on your device.
4. By default, the app will show you a notification when it blocks an ad, but this can be disabled from the homepage. You can also enable the “Keep alive” option to prevent your device from removing your operating system.
5. Although Blockade can be used without wasting time on configuration, you can still customize it to your needs. On the home page, tap “Default -DNS” to display a list of DNS servers that Blocked is blocking. If you want, you can activate the desired address or enter the address of the custom DNS server.
Blocking ads on Android is now easier than ever. With applications like Blockade, you no longer have to root your device just to achieve effective ad blocking. If you’ve tried Blokada, share your experience in the comments section below.