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Adblock Plus for Android

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 21, 2014

Adblock Plus for Android extends the popular Adblock Plus browser extension to Android devices. Like other versions of Adblock, the Android app blocks banner, pop-up, and video ads while allowing others, including sites whitelisted by you. Adblock Plus for Android is free.

Pros

Effective: Adblock Plus effectively blocks annoying ads, including video ads that start playing as soon as you browse to a site.

Easy to configure: In most cases, the default EasyList filter subscription and automatic network configuration will handle most issues, making Adblock Plus a cinch to start using.

EasyLists: EasyList and other filter subscription options are available for Dutch, German, Italian, and other languages.

Help and more: Adblock Plus for Android includes extensive instructions, tutorials, and other resources drawn from Adblock's extensive online support community and user base.

Cons

Download difficulties: Since Adblock Plus downloads from its own site instead of the Play Store, some users might find it more complicated to download and install. We had no trouble with our Android 4.3 phone.

Rooting: Devices running older versions of Android might need to be rooted to run Adblock Plus. Rooting your device can violate its warranty, disable updates, and cause other apps to misbehave. For experts only.

Proxies: You might have to configure any proxy settings manually on your device, which could be an issue if it's a company phone. Be sure to check before policy issues arise.

Bottom Line

With more than 200 million downloads, Adblock Plus has proved effective in Firefox, Chrome, and many other applications. It's now available for Android, and we recommend it for any user who is tired of intrusive ads.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.2.1

Security issues fixed.

General

Release July 29, 2014
Date Added July 29, 2014
Version 1.2.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 126,394
Downloads Last Week 12
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Developer's Description

Adblock Plus for Android blocks all annoying ads on your tablet or smartphone! NO ROOT REQUIRED! It blocks intrusive ads from reaching your phone, including most in-app ads and those you would normally encounter while browsing. when browsing with your mobile device similarly as it does on your desktop.

The most popular browser extension ever is free on Android Download Adblock Plus for Android start benefiting from increased browsing speed, enhanced privacy protection and less annoyances!

Adblock Plus for Android is a proxy server solution blocking: *all mobile ads in your browser *video advertising *banners *push notifications *display advertising and much more.

Besides that an option to blog malware and tracking is included.

PLEASE NOTE: Adblock Plus might have limited functionality, depending on the Android version you are running and whether your device has been rooted: Rooted: Blocks ads over WiFi and 3G Non-rooted with Android 3.1 or later: blocks ads over WiFi Non-rooted with Android 3.0 or earlier: some manual configuration is required.

Also, Adblock Plus for Android does not allow ads to be blocked on SSL encrypted websites.

Adblock Plus is an opensource project. Hundreds of volunteers are contributing to the development and maintenance of over forty continuously updated filter lists in more than a dozen different languages.

The Acceptable Ads initiative ensures that all annoying ads are blocked while supporting websites fully reliant on advertising, which is still most of them.

Please note that Adblock Plus will probably become the highest data-using application on your Android device. However, this is only because it needs to filter data to ensure that the ads can be blocked. Adblock Plus is actually only using a fraction of the data shown on your device.

Adblock Plus is also available for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Internet Explorer, not to mention on the Firefox mobile browser.