Adblock for iOS

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by brendu, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    I really hope Apple will allow safari for iOS to have the same Adblock extension that safari for Mac (and almost all web browsers) has. I absolutely hate ads and can't stand when an ad takes over my screen while web browsing. Does anyone know whether it's technically possible with iOS 8 or does Apple still have safari too locked down?
  2. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    I feel ya. It could be possible, and I envision you would have to load a site, share sheet, tap adblock, then it reloads the site without ads. That's how think it would work in the current form of Extensions, but I'm not a dev so I can't be 100% sure.
  3. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    i use my own auto proxy config file to block ads (and ads in free apps). Works very good and no jailbreak required. Only catch is.. it's gotta be set for every wifi network i connect to. Not a problem since i only actively use two.
  4. eddyecb macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2012
    Mind sharing?
  5. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    Click on SETTINGS
    Click on WIFI
    Click on the I button of your wifi network
    Switch HTTP proxy to AUTO
    type in

    Do this for every unique wifi you connect to.

    What it does: uses keywords to forward ads to a blackhole proxy. (google DNS)
    Disclaimer: some craigslist ads/kijiji ads *may* get blocked. All you have to do is disable it if you need it.
  6. eddyecb macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2012
    Appreciate it mate!
  7. miknos Suspended


    Mar 14, 2008
    Best one I could find is Weblock. Only works when using Wifi. Uses the same method as mentioned above. Works like a charm in my opinion. Not free though (2 bucks).
  8. gordon1234 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    Not really possible in iOS 8, but iOS 9 introduces a "content blocking" API which should allow for exactly this.
  9. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2012
    It really surprised me that Apple allowed ad blocking as it just feels like something Apple wouldn't usually do. I get the feeling it's Apple sticking their middle finger up at Google a little bit.
  10. RiderX macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2012
    I have my own VPN server which uses a adblocking DNS. works perfectly and no configuration necessary on your iOS device except switching on the VPN.
  11. mush10 macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2008
    I am at the point I barely use mobile safari because ads have become so intrusive. I am going to look closer at he above methods.
  12. Yungios macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2015
    How did you do that? I would really like to do that to get the ad block.
  13. ron7624 macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston, Texas area
    I've been using Weblock myself. It works well as stated.
  14. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    It's that bad? I use Safari a lot and only seldom get actually intrusive ads.
  15. mush10 macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2008
    I have more noticed performance issues on sites, more videos, and pop-ups that I need to X out of. It's not the end of the world, but just seems to have become a lot more noticeable over past 2 months.
  16. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    It's more for making sites load faster, and privacy (so yes, in that respect, they are giving it to Google.) See here.

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