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Here’s how to block ads on your Android smartphone

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While many websites rely on revenue from impressions and ad banner clicks, the fact is that some of these ads can be very annoying and in some cases can even be harmful. Some ads are created by rogue pop-up pages, while others automatically play video or audio clips. Far more people are guilty of taking up too much of your phone’s resources with overused animations.

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So what if you wanted to block ads on Android? Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can do just that, and some of them just require you to make a few setting changes in your Chrome web browser. In fact, Google has been tackling this problem for a while; For example, all versions since Chrome 66 mute auto-playing videos by default.

Block pop-up pages and ads in Chrome

If you use Chrome as your default web browser on your Android phone, and most of you do, you should be aware that in 2018 Google announced that Chrome would block all ads on websites if they use full-page interstitials. Sites also see ads being blocked in Chrome if they play unexpected sounds or if they use a lot of flashy animations.

Block ads on Android

However, some sites still use popups to generate ads, and luckily there is a way to combat them in Chrome. Just open the browser, then tap the menu in the top right corner and then tap Settings. Scroll down to the Site Settings selection, tap it and scroll down until you see the Pop-ups option. Tap on it and tap on the slide to turn off popups on a website. There is also a section open under Pop-ups called Ads. Tap on it and tap the slider to allow Chrome to turn off some ads that are considered “intrusive”.

Use the data saver mode in Chrome

There is another lesser known method that can keep you from seeing annoying or malicious websites and advertisements while using Chrome. Just go back to the main menu, tap Settings, scroll down to the Lite version, then toggle it on. The main purpose of Data Saver is to keep downloads low while using the browser by allowing it to access Google servers that compress web pages before Chrome actually downloads them.

Google’s compression servers are also used by Data Saver to detect and remove web pages that contain potentially harmful or malicious advertisements. While the sites may not look the same with Data Saver, they are safer to download and browse than to view the sites without this mode enabled.

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Install ad-blocking extensions or use browsers with ad-blocking features

Block ads on Android

While Chrome now has some ad-blocking features, it’s not perfect. Another solution is to download ad blocker extensions for Chrome. They include AdBlock and Adblock Plus (no relationship), and they should get rid of annoying ads more effectively than just using Chrome. Another method is to just use a different web browser with its own integrated ad blocking features. Some of the options available on Android include Opera, and even Adblock has its own standalone web browser.

So now you know how to block ads on Android. While annoying or malicious web ad banners and pop-ups won’t go away, there are plenty of ways you can stick with for a better browsing experience for their effects.

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