Whether you want to get rid of ads while browsing the web or simply want to skip ads while playing you favorite game on your Android device, there are many simple ways to block ads.
Android is a derivative of Linux, which means it uses hosts file (located in /etc/hosts) to determine IP addresses of hosts. Now, traditionally, hosts file have been used to block websites you don’t want to visit. Since ads work through website names and IP addresses, you can effectively remove ads on your Android device by nulling (setting website/IP to point to local address 127.0.0.1) all ad addresses.
Of course, you can do this manually which could take you hours or days of work or you can grab an Ad Blocker APK for your Android. Now, you will need a rooted device since modifying hosts file will require admin access. One of the best ways to achieve ad blocking on Android is the AdAway APK. AdAway APK allows you to easily remove all ads associated with most popular advertising companies on the web. It will virtually remove 99.99% of ads on your Android.
Installation is easy, simply install the AdAway APK file then activate ad blocking once installed. To remove, you can also deactivate easily or use ES File Explorer to remove “/etc/hosts” file and reboot.
However, if you are a webmaster and access sites that give you stats of websites, you may want to know that blocking ads will also remove your access to these stats sites. As a webmaster myself, I don’t use Ad Blockers for this very reason but I have it installed on my 8-year daughter’s Nexus 6 Android smartphone since she must go through hoard of ads to play free games.
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