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AdAway Reviews

An ad blocker that uses the hosts file. For Android, requires root.

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  • Google maps App now shows ads, is there any way to stop this? it didn't used to be this way
    Or use something like or or - Source: Reddit / 15 days ago
  • Is there a way to sanitize a Galaxy phone from everything Google?
    As far as debloating goes, there are threads on XDA site where others might have posted routines where you may do so without rooting(jailbreak in apple lingo). But if you really want to depracate some of that bloat from your system or atleast have a significant lick on bloatware's functions a) you are better off rooting your phone, again there are a whole bunch of these threads on XDA. b) at the very least I would... - Source: Reddit / 20 days ago
  • Does anyone know where I can download an ad blocker for Adblock?
    Https:// for anyone who may need it. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • “He gets us”
    I think you would have to access reddit through an adblocking browser. You wouldn't be able to block ads in the reddit app. To do that, you have to root your phone and install something like AdAway. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Why does AdBlock (android) not work on
    You found the only correct solution here, stick with it. For root, use AdAway for system wide ad blocking on all your apps. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • ULPT: Skip the last 2 spotify ads by going into airplane mode during the 1st ad
    I use AdAway ( on Android instead. I don't know if it blocks Spotify ads as I don't listen to Spotify on my phone. If using VPN mode, you can have a quick action tile (by the wifi toggles, etc) to quickly and easily toggle AdBlock in case there is something blocked that you wanna see. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • As a YTTV customer...
    Why are you not using an ad blocker? On android adaway works well for me and is completely free: - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Change your dns to, it helps with the ads of miui, even with recommendations and msa off, I never saw ads since I changed it, on poco f3.
    You can consider using something like AdAway ( in VPN mode instead for similar functionality; this filtering is done on your device and a VPN is used to intercept DNS queries. Blokada ( also works similarily, and has worked for me in the past. Some people seem to discourage it, I'm not sure why. I'd just go with AdAway. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Feature request: native DNS-based adblocking
    What about installing [AdAway]( in root mode? It modifies just /etc/hosts files (with the help of Systemless Hosts module in Magisk) allowing to run any VPN. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • What is that one app you will never delete from your phone?
    No it's not. It's an open-source ad-blocking app that uses the hosts file to block ads on rooted Android phones. Here is the official site and it's available to download from F-Droid(open-source app store for Android). - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Why is my Fold4 doing this?
    Adaway is a good one and Blockada simply download and follow the instructions. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • is it unsafe to use adguard premium apks?
    Yeah, it certainly will look normal on the front end but we don't know what's going on in the backend. That's where all the shady business takes place. You can scan the apk for malwares and stuff here to make sure if it has malware but it's not 100 % accurate. Plus it doesn't scan for data collection code or if it's being sent to a bad place. And in my honest opinion if you can't pay for adguard either stick with... - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • Eli5: Why do websites want you to download their app?
    I use AdAway. They're an OG in Android ad blocking. I've been using their app for at least 11 years, maybe 12! It works great, but you need root. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Google to stop Android VPN apps blocking ads
    I'll ad (ha!) this here too: the good old HOST file method still works. There's an app (I haven't checked myself) called that easily edits it on Android. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
    If you're on Android just use AdAway. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • ⟳ 3 apps added, 43 updated at
    AdAway (version 6.0.3): A free and Open Source ad blocker for Android. - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago
  • Odds are pretty high Kumho stole this from here and turned it into a Facebook add.
    I'm a fan of SubtractAway on Android. It even blocks YouTube subtracts. - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago
  • Here's some ESSENTIAL apps that stop Chinese bloatware, spyware, permission exploits, battery drain, etc., that ALL Chinese apps seem to have.
    AdAway, system wide ad-blocker that you can import Chinese rules for. - Source: Reddit / 9 months ago
  • privacy
    It's just how apps work. If you really want to block their background activity, you could use something like r/pihole or AdAway. - Source: Reddit / 9 months ago
  • What to do after rooting a Phone? Specifically a Realme C2
    I have seen people who have mentioned adblocking and backups. I recommend AdAway and Swift backup for those. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • What to do after rooting a Phone? Specifically a Realme C2
    I've been using AdAway for root (host file) based ad blocking for years, it works well and has an easy gui, IMO. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago

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You will need to allow installing third party apps (or download AdAway through the F-Droid app), as AdAway isn't available in the Google Play store.

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