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Adblock for iOS

brendu

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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?
 

madsci954

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Oct 14, 2011
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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.
 
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saudor

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Jul 18, 2011
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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.
 
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eddyecb

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Sep 19, 2012
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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.

Mind sharing?
 
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saudor

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Jul 18, 2011
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Mind sharing?

Click on SETTINGS
Click on WIFI
Click on the I button of your wifi network
Switch HTTP proxy to AUTO
type in http://shion.ca/ios/adblockpub.js

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.
 
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eddyecb

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Sep 19, 2012
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Click on SETTINGS
Click on WIFI
Click on the I button of your wifi network
Switch HTTP proxy to AUTO
type in http://shion.ca/ios/adblockpub.js

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.
Appreciate it mate!
 
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gordon1234

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Jun 23, 2010
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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?

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

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Oct 15, 2012
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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.
 
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RiderX

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Nov 9, 2012
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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.
 
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mush10

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Jul 15, 2008
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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.
 
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Yungios

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Jan 29, 2015
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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.
How did you do that? I would really like to do that to get the ad block.
 
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C DM

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

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Jul 15, 2008
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It's that bad? I use Safari a lot and only seldom get actually intrusive ads.

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.
 
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Cougarcat

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Sep 19, 2003
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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.

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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