How to Block Ads on Your Android Phone

Android, How to
February 15, 2016

Advertisements are an annoying nuisance whether you get them in the mail, on TV, or on your cell phone. However, one of the biggest pet peeves for many cell phone users are the advertisements that you get while browsing the internet on your cell phone, playing a game that you just downloaded, or checking your email. Although many times the advertisements come from downloading free apps or games, they still pose a nuisance. At times though, these ads can be dangerous to the user because they possess a risk to the user’s identity, data and wellbeing.

Advertisements come in many forms such as: text ads, image ads, promotions, or even video ads. The only ones that really become overly intrusive are the popups or those similar that make it difficult for you to continue what you are doing or are completely disruptive to your concentration. Although advertisements are an important aspect of a growing business and to advertising a brand, becoming overly intrusive with popups actually diminishes the point of an ad. The user will not enjoy their experience and may avoid that app or game because of the experience they incurred while trying it the first time.

The ability to add an advertisement into the middle of a game or after 100 days of using an app has become somewhat overbearing. Advertisements can now be sent via push notifications as well, which is adding to the sophistication of developers and a burden to users. This is why users are now looking for ways to hide the ads.

However, app developers have done a nice job of coming up with solutions to remove or block ads from your phone. There are several different apps that allow you to enjoy a peaceful ad-free environment. The five best applications that remove ads from Androids phones are descried below.

Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus is an extension that is compatible with a number of web browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, and Android) that filters out content and blocks ads to your specification. Adblock includes features such as whitelisting, blocking of images, hiding of HTML elements, hiding of ads on a site by site basis, disabling of malware domains, disabling of tracking, disabling of social media buttons, etc.

This application runs in the background allowing your browsing experience to be faster and much more enjoyable. It is a configurable environment that meets your needs.


AdAway is an application that blocks advertisements on Android devices as long as their device is rooted. The application uses host files and IP addresses to block ads. Once a master list of mapping is compiled and an ad is requested, the site is directed to In essence this does nothing at all, which makes the web browsing a streamlined process. The same is goes for gaming. The application is relatively easy to use, but impressive nonetheless.

TrustGo Ad Detector

TrustGo Ad Detector is a fantastic app that is a part of the TrustGo family. TrustGo is an Antivirus and Mobile Security application that protects you from other malicious and risky apps. TrustGo Ad Detector helps you identify what potential threats you have from an ad prospective. This application scans the ads to see what violations may be happening, what information they may be obtaining and what security threats there could be.

The app is very user configurable to your needs with an outstanding graphical user interface that is easy to understand and use. This application is top notch in user protection and identify theft identification.

AppBrain Ad Detector

AppBrain Ad Detector can detect any and all ads from web browsing, games to push notifications. The application even notifies you of spyware and adware and then gives you the option to remove it. You are notified of apps that have permission to access personal information or critical information on the device without your permission. The application helps you remove those apps so that they can no longer access your private data.

Your device will run more efficiently, your data will be protected, your privacy will be protected, no more annoying ads, and an easy to use graphical user interface to manage all of this.


Adguard is one of the best ad blocker agents because it blocks ads from the request; therefore, it will not allow an ad to be placed on a webpage as a banner or download a script. Adguard removes HTML element embedded ad code, protects you against malicious ads (phishing schemes), and enables filtering of ads on appls (Skype, Facebook, MapMyRun, etc.). The application protects you personally as well as allows you to avoid the annoyance of advertisements.

Adguard is compatible on all web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Yandex Browser, Safari, etc. The customer support is excellent and available day or not. This is a superb application that is continually improving.


As mention, many developers make money off of advertising. Please use your best judgment when deciding what to block and what not to block. The most important thing to remember is that you should protect yourself first. Protect your data, your privacy and your rights. However, always remember that revenue is needed to run a business. Not all ads are cumbersome and some may even be relative to you. Be proactive, but do not overdo it.

While there are many reasons to block ads as we have alluded to here, the last thing that will come out of utilizing one of these five applications is the overall wellness of your phone. The phone will run much faster after the ads are blocked and the amount of bandwidth used is reduced.

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  • Reply David April 14, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    “The phone will run much faster after the ads are blocked”

    This seems reasonable, but has anyone tested it empirically? Specific references, please.


    • Reply surf April 14, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Hi David,

      I personally have tried ad blocker on my android device, it certainly speeds up loading web pages when browsing, as its one less thing to load.

  • Reply Alexandra May 21, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    This type of ads irritating me a lot but I found adblock plus to stop it.

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