Adblock Plus released for Android, works best for root users

Daniel Bader

November 28, 2012 9:28am

Adblock Plus is one of those set-it-and-forget-the-ads apps made popular on the desktop for years now. While some ads can be unobtrusive (ours, for example), other sites bombard users with pop-ups, takeovers or, worse, that woman with the peeling skin.

Adblock Plus has made its way to Android for the first time, and while it works for all Android users above version 3.1 over WiFi, it’s compatible with Android 2.1+ on all phones and tablets for users with root access. The app works in the background, blocking ads on Chrome and the native browser. Firefox users can install a separate plugin, but it works the same way.

Ads cannot be blocked on sites accessed through SSL, which is the way it should be since secure sites like that don’t usually have anything that should be hidden. Non-root users running versions of Android below 3.0 must manually set up a proxy to block ads, and certain older devices have special instructions that largely negate the use case of an ad blocker in the first place.

Nevertheless, if you’re looking for an all-encompassing ad blocking agent for Android, and you have root, this is the way to go. Adblock Plus updates its filter list in the background, but there is no whitelist feature available at the moment, though it seems to be in the works.

The app description notes something important, too: “Please note that Adblock Plus will probably become the highest data-using application on your Android device. However, this is only because Adblock Plus needs to filter the data to ensure that the ads can be blocked. Adblock Plus is actually only using a fraction of the data shown on your device.”

You can download Adblock Plus for Android from Google Play.

Via: Android Police

  • john

    I use adblock plus on Firefox all the time but AdAway for android works great and blocks ads system wide including in apps. It’s also open source and uses host file filtering so it doesn’t take up any resources

  • skazzers

    But it’s not available for BB10 = therefore fail.

    • bulletwithbatwings

      BB10 isn’t even yet available for BB10 yet = therefore fail.

  • Dan

    If you’re rooted, then using an app which blocks ads through the hosts file is far better.

    Lots of complaints about memory usage with this app on the play store.

    • ElNad

      It’s using 78 megs (seems a lot) on my Gnex and I just install it 1 minute ago. Will check for AdFree and AdAway from the suggestions of others.

  • Guillaume Beaulieu

    The permanent notification icon is a no go for me.

    I’ll wait until it’s removed. Meanwhile AdFree does the job very well.

  • John

    AdFree already does this in a MUCH MUCH better way by going through the host file.

  • Omar

    Just disable notifications in system settings if you have JB to get rid of the icon. That worked on my Transformer Prime.

  • Pat-t

    I haven’t seen “that woman with the peeling skin” for ever. How is she doing? Is her skin still peeling off? She should see a doctor about that.