Do any ad blockers currently work?


thadoggfather

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Thanks but are there any apps that block ads and work with Safari, not a separate browser?

Will definitely give it a whirl in any case,
 

Strelok

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I'm pretty sure Crystal works. I've been using it since they allowed Safari extensions and as far as I know it's worked in every iOS version, including betas.

EDIT: Doesn’t work!
 
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Feenician

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I'm pretty sure Crystal works. I've been using it since they allowed Safari extensions and as far as I know it's worked in every iOS version, including betas.
I don't know whether Crystal works or not in this beta but there are exceptional circumstances right now. A bug in the way extensions work mean adblockers are taking a lot more memory and may not be able to load. That's why I mentioned a specific filter set for Adguard - any more and it will simply fall to load and block ads.
 
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zkadda

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Get a Raspberry Pi 3 and install "Pi-Hole" (you need some basic bash command knowledge, a child could do this, it's not hard.):

https://pi-hole.net

Had mine running for a year, works like a dream on the Roku.
 
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Strelok

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I don't know whether Crystal works or not in this beta but there are exceptional circumstances right now. A bug in the way extensions work mean adblockers are taking a lot more memory and may not be able to load. That's why I mentioned a specific filter set for Adguard - any more and it will simply fall to load and block ads.
You guys are right, it doesn’t work. I’m not sure why I thought it did. I’ve turned it off for now.
 

Abazigal

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Didn't realise just how much overtime my ad blockers have been working to strip out the ads.

I am currently running 1Blocker on my iPhone while my iPad runs the public beta and the difference in browsing experience is like night and day. Pages load on my iPhone almost instantaneously and feel so light and smooth.

I am sorely tempted to downgrade my iPad just so I can use ad blockers once again, but am also hoping public beta 2 fixes this.

I guess I could wait a couple more days.
 

Feenician

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Didn't realise just how much overtime my ad blockers have been working to strip out the ads.

I am currently running 1Blocker on my iPhone while my iPad runs the public beta and the difference in browsing experience is like night and day. Pages load on my iPhone almost instantaneously and feel so light and smooth.

I am sorely tempted to downgrade my iPad just so I can use ad blockers once again, but am also hoping public beta 2 fixes this.

I guess I could wait a couple more days.
Solution posted above. Adguard + Safari and Easylist filters works fine. Been running that since day one of DP1
 

Abazigal

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Solution posted above. Adguard + Safari and Easylist filters works fine. Been running that since day one of DP1
Tried that a few days ago. Not really a perfect solution, as I am still getting blank spaces where the ads used to be, plus some ads still sneak through. So it's still pretty jarring to the whole browsing experience.

Not to mention the whole design of the ad guard app stinks.
 

Feenician

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Tried that a few days ago. Not really a perfect solution, as I am still getting blank spaces where the ads used to be, plus some ads still sneak through. So it's still pretty jarring to the whole browsing experience.

Not to mention the whole design of the ad guard app stinks.
Sure. The filter that cuts out the blank space is too memory intensive to run while this bug exists. I haven’t spotted any ads but of course it depends on the web pages you visit.


I never really interact with the app from one year to another but, now that you mention it, it is kinda crappy.
 

dmnc

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Thanks but are there any apps that block ads and work with Safari, not a separate browser?

Will definitely give it a whirl in any case,
Focus by Firefox can be used as both an ad blocker (you have to activate through settings) or as a standalone browser. In my experience is the best free ad blocker.
 
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BadMelonFarmer

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1Blocker works for me..... BUT.... I had to follow a few steps to get it to work.

1. Close safari
2. In settings>Safari>content blockers>Switch off.
3. Hit the back arrow to go back to settings
4. Launch 1blocker... it will try to update and give a communication error
5. Go back into Settings> Safari> content blockers and enable 1Blocker
6. Launch safari

Done

This worked on both DP1 and DP2 on my iPhone 7+ and iPad Pro 9.7