Let’s face it, it;s deal with annoying ads. Ads in Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, and a few others, won’t go, unfortunately. Yes, I mentioned probably 7 of the top 20 most used apps.You’re doing something in one app, and boom! An ad! You’re just about to click a button, but the clever devs place an ad just at the right moment and you click the ad instead of the button you intended too.
What about that annoying ad in that one app that you love but that ad just ruins the experience like elaichi in your biryani.
Yes, I just explained a tech experience with biryani.
Oh and to that one iOS user who is still reading, I’m sorry, I don’t have anything for you, but you may want to check AdGuard. Continue reading if you wish too.
Blokada, to the rescue!
Blokada is an open-source ad blocker that runs in the background of your phone, blocking ads and trackers from doing what they do. Yep. Trackers too. So no more Google and Facebook tracking your activities (to some extent).
In Blokada’s words :
If you want to efficiently block ads, trackers, malware, save on your data plan, speed up your device and protect your privacy with just one application, then Blokada is for you. It is free, secure and open source.
Blokada works across all of your apps, not only the browser! It doesn’t require root, supports both Wi-Fi and mobile networks, and is perfectly safe and simple to use. Just turn it on, and it will do the job silently!
So, where do you get it?
While the app is on the Google Play Store, it’s not the whole deal, because Google would never allow an app that blocks their trackers and ads on other apps (but doesn’t care when malicious apps get uploaded).
When you try to install an app from anywhere but the Play Store, you’ll be asked to turn on installation from third parties, hit the switch, which will then result in a pop-up warning you how that can be dangerous. Say yes, install the app, and then turn off the third party installation once done.
For the most part, it’s literally “turn on and forget about it.” But there are a couple things that can be done before you actually forget about it.
Ensure it never dies, and keeps working in the background
The following should ensure that your phone doesn’t kill Blokada in the background, and that it starts up every time the phone boots up.
Options > App Settings > Enable Start on Boot, Keep Alive, and Aggressive Wakeup
Is it trustworthy?
I’ve been using the app for more than a year now, maybe two. I’ve never had any issues whatsoever. The only time you’ll ever remember that it exists is when it blocks an ad and all you see is some placeholder for that ad, or a blank spot in the page.
Hopefully this was helpful, and now you don’t have to deal with annoying ads. Ads in Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, and a few others, won’t go, unfortunately. Yes, I mentioned probably 7 of the top 20 most used apps. But the problem is that the devs are smart enough to bake the ads into the app, and worked quite hard to avoid such ad blockers. Only big companies, and especially data hungry companies like Google & Facebook can do this. For the rest of the Play Store apps and Google/Facebook trackers, you’re good to go.