How do you block adds on Android?

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  1. MarkX macrumors member

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    I've predominantly been an IOS user over the years but have dabbled in Android now and again. On my IOS devices I use adguard and enable the built in VPN which blocks ads on all apps.

    Is there a way to do this in Android? I know that certain Android browsers have built in ad blockers but I want to block adds everywhere.
     
  2. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    I believe you can only do so using something like AdAway and it does require root access.
     
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    This. Adguard is great.

    Also, you can see if you like the browser Ghostery. Sometimes if I don't feel like launching Adguard I will just use Ghostery. Otherwise, if I know I'm going to be browsing for awhile I'll launch Adguard and then just use chrome.
     
  5. MarkX thread starter macrumors member

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    On IOS I leave adguard running all the time and it barely uses any battery at all.

    I've done the same now on my Android phone and it's right at the top of battery use. Why is that?
     
  6. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    I have no clue but I can double my screen usage time if I only turn on Adguard on my S7 Edge when I am using an app that contains ads.
     
  7. mi7chy macrumors 68040

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    Haven't compared features side by side but Android version does a lot. For me Adguard for Android battery usage is towards the bottom but I have it just blocking browser ads and disable both firewall and per app filtering for things like torrent clients since it tends to slow throughput to a crawl.
     
  8. Djilkosh macrumors regular

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    If you want truly to get rid of ads and don't have to think will it eat or not battery, there are only two things:

    1. Root your device
    2. Install AdAway
     
  9. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    True but not all Android devices can be rooted these days. Many Samsung phones have locked bootloaders.
     
  10. Djilkosh macrumors regular

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    Sorry, I forgot about USA market. Here in Europe Samsung phones are rootable.
     
  11. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    I have a Note 4 and a Note Edge along with a Note 5 that are all rooted just so I can run Adaway.

    I also have a few S7 Edge phones, one is carrier free and I've rooted them which IS possible, you just can't do any custom ROMs. I ran Adaway on them but the root method used is pretty bad and there is tons of lag and all the suggested given over on XDA never solved the lag and battery usage so I always went back to stock after a few hours.

    Adaway is seriously the cleanest, most efficient method to block ads.

    Adguard places a key icon in the status bar and also a notification in the pull down whenever it is active. Adaway does none of these as it simply modifies the hosts file.
     
  12. Djilkosh macrumors regular

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    I am former android user and I was in testing for BBS i know what are you saying.

    Hmm the thing is that root can't mess up with system so it can lag. Never had problem with root on any phone.
     
  13. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    With the US S7/Edge phones, the lag is a known problem as well as the battery drain after rooting.
     
  14. Djilkosh macrumors regular

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    Cant you try to somehow get exynos version? I know its tough but you wont have any of those problems.
     
  15. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    I could but this late in the release season, I'm just waiting for the S8 Edge.
     
  16. Djilkosh macrumors regular

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    Yup. Im waiting too. Now on iP7 but we will see what Samsung has to offer
     
  17. MarkX thread starter macrumors member

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    I would root but then I have to overcome the issue of certain apps not working afterwards i.e banking apps.
     
  18. Djilkosh macrumors regular

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    Change your bank

    Maybe you can try with hide my root or there is some xposed app root cloak something like that
     
  19. IowaLynn macrumors 6502a

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    Chrome is a dog. Ghostery is fastest I've seen. My router - Peplink Soho - had adware filter in firewall (other easy to use filters for services and content) and has its own VPN so everyone on lan is covered.
     
  20. macfacts macrumors 68000

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    Rooting means having access to the admin account. How can that cause lag?
     
  21. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    That's a question to ask the guys at the XDA forums in the how to try and eliminate the lag after rooting thread that's dozens of pages long.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 22, 2017 ---
    This thread below is full of people complaining about the lag that is introduced to the US versions of the S7/Edge after rooting. It's apparntly something to do with the method that is required to root the phone. Not only does it lag but the battery performance takes a huge hit also.

    https://forum.xda-developers.com/ve...-to-notes-root-install-xposed-unroot-t3411039
     
  22. mi7chy macrumors 68040

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    Disable Adguard notification to get rid of one icon. If you have root access change Adguard blocking method from VPN to HTTP proxy to rid of the other icon. I've used both and prefer Adguard over AdAway and even without root one icon isn't a big deal.
     
  23. JackieInCo, Jan 22, 2017
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    It's not possible to get rid of that icon. Even the Adguard devs will tell you that. Believe me, I've gone to their support forums to ask how to remove that key icon.

    Read my posts above on why I have not been able to keep my S7 Edge rooted, the lag and battery drain make the phone unusable while rooted.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 22, 2017 ---
    I'm trying your http suggestion now on my rooted Note 5
     
  24. macfacts macrumors 68000

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    In that thread, someone tells you how to get rid of the lag. It lags cause the default settings that get set when using that root method is to use less battery (meaning less CPU).

    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=70661921&postcount=2889
     

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