How to block ads on your Android phone or tablet

There are several ways to block ads on your Android phone or tablet:

  1. Use an ad-blocking app: There are several ad-blocking apps available on the Google Play Store, such as AdBlock Plus, AdGuard, and Blokada. Simply search for these apps on the Play Store, download and install the one you prefer, and follow the instructions to enable it.
  2. Use a web browser with ad-blocking features: Some web browsers, such as Firefox, offer built-in ad-blocking features. You can enable these features by going to the browser’s settings and selecting the option for blocking ads.
  3. Modify your hosts file: Modifying your device’s hosts file is a more technical method of blocking ads, but it can be effective. To do this, you’ll need to download and install a file manager app that allows you to access system files. Once you have the file manager app, navigate to the system/etc folder and locate the hosts file. Open the file with a text editor and add the IP addresses of known ad servers, along with the domain names they’re associated with, to the list. Save the file and restart your device.

It’s important to note that while ad-blocking can improve your browsing experience and protect your privacy, it may negatively impact the revenue streams of websites and content creators that rely on ads to generate income. As such, it’s important to use ad-blocking responsibly and consider supporting your favorite websites and content creators through alternative means, such as subscriptions or donations.