Semalt Expert: How To Block Ads In Android Apps, Games And Browsers

Ads have become a necessary evil, and various applications and websites provide free software, free content, and free services because advertisers are paying them. Thus, the service providers have to serve ads to their visitors and generate revenues for keeping them in the business world for long. They also need income for hosting and domain services as well as for development. Users reap the benefits of using their products for free. However, the ad placements prove to be annoying and contribute to some not-so-appealing user experiences.

Here Michael Brown, a top professional from Semalt Digital Services, will tell you some methods to block ads on your Android device.

You can easily prevent a large number of advertisements from appearing in your games and applications, as well as your browsers. We hope that these methods will work for both non-rooted and rooted devices, but before we start, you should have File Manager such as Astro File Manager. Some other file managers can also be used, but you should attempt blocking ads at your own risks. We are not responsible for any side effects on your Android device.

Method#1. Adblock Plus (ABP)

In this method, you will use ad-blockers (applications) for blocking all of the ads on your Android device, such as the ads which are shown in different games and apps. Thankfully, there are various ad-blockers for the Android users and app developers. The best ones, however, are AdAway and Adblock Plus (ABP). You can install any of these programs based on your requirements and expectations. If you want to block ads with Adblock Plus, let me tell you that this is an open source program and has options to allow the non-intrusive ads. This method is suitable for both non-rooted and rooted devices. You can easily install the ad-blocker app on your device, but side-loading is always required as Google recently removed all of the ad-block apps from the Google Play Store.

Method#2. Block the Ads with ‘hosts’ File

You can easily block all unwanted ads using the host file. This method lets you prevent a large number of advertisements on your Android device and works for rooted devices only. A host file is a plain file in your operating system. When you want to launch a site using its hostname, its operating system will search that host file to evaluate the corresponding IP address. If it succeeds, the mapped IP address will be used. Otherwise, the DNS (Domain Name Service) will receive a query regarding how to find the IP of the hostname. You can easily set up the host file. For this, you should go to the MVPs in the browser where a plain file will open. Save it on your computer and later copy the host file from it to your Android device.

Don’t forget to note the path of the file. On your Android device, you should open the file manager and copy the host file to that location.

Wrap Up

It’s true that ads are irritating and annoying, but they are a good way to know about latest products, services, websites, and applications. You should let non-intrusive ads be displayed to have an idea of what’s trending these days. Alternatively, you can use the paid apps to stop those ads from annoying you on the internet.

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