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How to Hide or Block Ads in Android Apps and Games

Ads, they’re everywhere. Even if we don’t like them and ignore them, they’re still worth millions of dollars. Advertisers happily pay companies for ads and in turn, we the users have to view them on the web, on apps, and even in games. Businesses also display ads so that they can continue the development of their product (or apps) and in turn keep the app free of charge. Many times you must have noticed some very good games and apps were offered for free, with the only catch being that you’ll have to view a small banner of ads at the bottom of the app.

However, not everyone likes viewing ads every now and then. They’re annoying, and distract us from what we’re doing. That’s where ad blocker apps for Android step in. Such apps will block advertisements from being displayed anywhere on your Android smartphone or tablet, be it the web, or apps, or even games.

Adblock plus for blocking ads

Of all the ad blocker apps, Adblock Plus is a very popular app and that’s why in this article, we’ll be focusing on only this particular app. The great thing about this app is that it works on both rooted as well as non-rooted devices.

Adblock Plus for Android runs in the background and filters ads, using the same filter lists as the Adblock Plus browser extension. The app works on Android 2.1 and higher. You’ll need to configure the app based on which version of Android you’re running.

How to use Adblock Plus

Note that you won’t be able to install this app from Google Play Store, as Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has removed every ad blocker apps from the store (and it’s not hard to guess why). That’s why you’ll need to manually download the APK file and then install it.


Of course you’ll also need to enable installation of apps from unknown sources on your device. To do this, go to Settings > Security and tap on the “Unknown sources” checkbox. Tap “OK” to confirm the changes. With this step done, you can now install Adblock Plus.

Download Adblock Plus for Android here. Save the APK file and then run it. Tap Install to start installing the app.

Next, if you’re on a rooted device then you’ll need to grant super user permission to the app, but if you’re on a non-rooted device, then you’ll need to perform some additional steps. But don’t worry, check out detailed instructions from here on how to configure Adblock Plus for your respective version of Android.

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Once you’re done configuring, then you’ll be able to see the ABP icon on the notification bar. Congratulations, you’ve just installed and configured Adblock Plus for your Android device. Enjoy a more silent and ad-free experience!