When surfing the internet you often see advertisements. Often these are personalized, but sometimes not. Tired of these commercials on your phone? There are apps against advertising. They are called ad blockers. I’ll tell you all about an ad blocker on your Android phone.
What is an ad blocker?
An ad blocker ensures that advertisements in your browser and in apps are blocked. You will no longer see them, which means that you have a better user experience.
The benefits of an ad blocker
An ad blocker app has many advantages. I’ll highlight a few:
- You are less likely to get malware by clicking on false ads.
- The website you’re looking at responds faster because no ads are downloaded.
- Big ads that take over half your screen are a thing of the past.
- An ad blocker protects your privacy because less data is collected from you.
- Blocking ads saves data.
Best ad blocker for Android
Downloading an ad blocker as an app is not very easy. These types of apps are not allowed in the Play Store.
You can often download ad blocker apps from the provider’s website. But, there are also browsers with built-in ad blockers. I list the best apps and browsers below.
Browsers with ad blockers
Browsers with ad blockers can be downloaded from the Play Store. Many popular browsers come with an ad blocker by default, including:
- Google Chrome
Google Chrome only blocks misleading ads. So you can’t turn off ads completely. This feature is enabled by default.
With Firefox you can block cookies, which also blocks many advertisements. To do this, go to ‘Settings’ and ‘Privacy and Security’. Next, set Enhanced Tracking Protection to Strict.
- Samsung browser
You can directly download an adblocker from the Samsung browser. Click on the three lines at the bottom right and choose ‘Ad blockers’. Then you can easily download one of the proposed ad blockers. The Samsung browser not only works on Samsung phones but also on other phones with Android, such as OPPO.
2 good ad blocker apps
Do you prefer to download an ad blocker app? Then I recommend the following.
AdShield is a good ad blocker for Android. The app blocks ads in many browsers. It is possible that an advertisement will sometimes appear, but you can add it to a blacklist. You can download the app for € 2.99.
Blokada is a free ad blocker app. Blokada blocks ads in browsers and apps. Please note, that you have to download the app as an apk file. This is not possible in the Play Store. So you need some technical knowledge.
Even more useful tips
You see certain advertisements because Google collects information about you. Read all about ‘ What does Google know about me?
I tell you exactly what information Google has about you and how you can protect your privacy. You can also protect your privacy by preventing flubots on your phone and by removing malware from your Android phone.