How To Block In-App Adds On Android
Ads are a necessity and a way for app developers to get some financial gain from the helpful services they provide us with. And yet, ads are also the reason why some of us are starting to fear the word “free” and are becoming distrustful towards applications that promise to quickly solve our problems at no charge at all.
While handling occasional pop-ups and side ads does not seem like a big deal, certain applications get so ridden with ads that using them becomes a nuisance.
If you feel that one of your best-loved apps is sporting too much promotional content, there may be a way around it – actually, several ways.
One, and probably, the easiest way to block in-app ads is to install one of the many available apps that can deal with the issue – and not put you through rooting your device.
AdAway is one of the popular solutions and, in most cases, does get the job done. You will no longer see ads in the applications, once the app is installed and enabled. With AdAway you will have the option of stopping all in-app advertising, but the downside (or maybe the upside for some) is that you can not select which apps you want to target individually. So if you feel that some apps are actually doing quite a tasteful job of ad placement and may want to support them, you will be unable to do that with AdAway. Some users mention that, even though the ads are removed, there are space gaps in the areas where they were supposed to be – which may bug your aesthetic senses. But if you don’t mind the details and simply want to use all your applications in peace – AdAway is an easy go-to tool for the task.
Another similar app is AdBlock. We have covered the setup process of the app more extensively in How To Configure AdBlock Plus For Safe And Convenient Browsing. The main difference from AdAway is that AdBlock allows you to “whitelist” non-intrusive ads – meaning you will still be seeing some advertising in your applications, but only the modest and reasonably-placed ones. One of the main drawbacks that some users have voiced is the app’s hunger for resources: both memory and battery – so you may want to consider the cost and benefit. If there are lots of ad-ridden apps on your phone – AdBlock will functionally earn its place and the resources it asks for.
Do note, however, that Play Store has pulled lots of ad-blocking applications from its offering, so you may have to look for these tools on other sources, like Amazon or the applications’ dedicated websites.
If your phone is already rooted, or, you are willing to go through the process – there is another more detailed solution to try out and it involves using the Xposed Framework. Xposed Framework will actually allow you to make quite a few tweaks in your default system – but we focus specifically on in-app ad blocking here.
Once you have the Xposed Framework installed, you will need to go to Modules and get yourself MinMinGuard – which acts a pretty efficient ad-remover. When you open MinMinGuard, you will see a list of all the apps on your device on your right. You will then be able to either select all the apps at ones or choose individually the ones you feel are causing you most trouble. Once you have made your choice and checked the necessary apps, you will have to restart your phone in order to activate the ad-remover. Unlike AdBlock, MinMimGuard will also get rid of the space where the ad was supposed to be and with time you may even forget they were ever there.