Android Any reliable ad blockers for Android without root?

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  1. brod56

    brod56 Level 11

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    I will soon leave my rooted Galaxy A5 2016 in favor of the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, which I won't root in the first times.
    I'm currently very happy with my adblocking solution, Adaway, but it requires root.
    Any good free ad blocker solutions without root for Android atm?
    I'm not looking for VPN or browser-based extensions, I'm looking for a system-wide solution.
    I appreciate all suggestions :)
     
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  2. Evjl's Rain

    Evjl's Rain Level 29
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    I think the only working solution in your phone is using Adguard DNS

    the other solution is DNS66 but it requires a virtual VPN connection but at least it's better than adguard app and also drains much less battery
     
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    brod56 Level 11

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    #3 brod56, Dec 20, 2017
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    Can I change the DNS of all networks, including GSM networks, without messing with build.prop?
    I know it's possible to change the Dns for a individual wifi spot, but I wonder if I can apply it system wide.
     
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    brod56 Level 11

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    Either DNS changes or Adguard. Adguard isn't a VPN, rather it creates a local VPN loopback, a sort of VDOM which blocks the ads on the device then passes through traffic for forwarding. Those are the best solutions IMO.
     
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    I'm sorry, I though you didn't want an actual VPN with adblocking features.

    Yes, it uses a VPN connection, but I believe that's your only option for system-wide adblocking without rooting your phone.
     
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  8. brod56

    brod56 Level 11

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    No problem, yeah it will be hard to find a decent solution which doesn't run in the background constantly.
     
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    #9 Evjl's Rain, Dec 20, 2017
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    I'm afraid it's not possible, you have to change DNS for each wifi hotspot.
    this app can help you to change DNS of wifi access point easier but it would take 5-10mins to learn how to use it first
    when you click apply, this will apply the DNSes + current IP address -> in other word, it fills all the info in the second screenshot for you. After finishing, you should disable the DNS so it will revert to DHCP like in the first screenshot

    [​IMG]

    Engelsiz : DNS Changer - Android Apps on Google Play
     
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  10. brod56

    brod56 Level 11

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    Thank you. Actually, I discovered that this app has a function to change 3g dns without root, but it needs premium version.
    Does that actually work or is it a gimmick?
     
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    I use an Samsung Android and do not see Adhell listed in the store.
     
  12. Evjl's Rain

    Evjl's Rain Level 29
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    I have no idea because I don't have the pro version
    because it has been reported for violating google and samsung's policy. actually, it's hidden. I could search the app only after I installed it from the external source
    there is adhell2 on xda but it never works for me

    I tried to download the older version but it didnt work also because samsung patched it on their server. Finally, I found adhell version 1.5.6 worked perfectly
    I forgot where I downloaded the app but maybe this
     
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  13. HarborFront

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    If you use a 3rd-party VPN then use of any DNS service will not be helpful since the VPN's DNS will override it

    I think Adguard DNS will be useful if you use with Tor, right?

    Thanks
     
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    #14 HarborFront, Dec 20, 2017
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    With DNS change the only problem with this approach is, that for Android there are strict rules about who and how DNS can be changed. Normally changing the DNS directly needs ROOT access (i.e. your android device to be rooted). In order to work around this issue, the app for Android creates a local VPN (Virtual Private Network) and all of your apps/browser traffic is routed through this VPN. This VPN is carefully configured to only modify the DNS settings of your network, while preserving your internet speed and not sending out any traffic to external VPN servers.

    If you are referring to Adguard for Android it still prevents another VPN app from operating
    AdGuard — Adblock for Android | Overview | AdGuard

    It seems the use of proxy for Adguard is restricted to WiFi only and NOT for 3G/4G networks

    So, either method seems not workable if you intend to use a 3rd-party VPN to hide your IP address
     
  15. Evjl's Rain

    Evjl's Rain Level 29
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    I have no idea because I never use a VPN on my phone due to battery and problem
    I have a samsung with adhell with customized filters + naked browser with easylist, some regional blocklists so I already have a system-wise adblocker with ublock-like browsing experience
     
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    Does Naked Browser have cosmetic filtering?
     
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    #17 Sunshine-boy, Dec 21, 2017
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    Adguard DNS doesn't work for me :( idk why but every time tried it I could see ads are in place.

    what is it?:D nvm found it:Virtual hosting - Wikipedia
     
  18. brod56

    brod56 Level 11

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    I've actually used AdHell2 from xda just fine, only moved to Adaway because it's even better.
    Shame that these two options won't be available on the little boy XZ1 compact.
     
  19. brod56

    brod56 Level 11

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    Well, I could always use Firefox Mobile with uBlock Origin, the change would be easy since Firefox for PCs is now very nice. But the Android app is still horrible, unfortunately.
     
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  20. Evjl's Rain

    Evjl's Rain Level 29
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    I think it's not because the synthetic test said no but it's can be possible
    but cosmetic filtering will cause significant battery consumption
     
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