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If you have an Android phone, what, if anything, do you use for Ad blocking and why?

Asked by Buttonstc (27597points) February 19th, 2016 from iPhone

Now I know another reason why I miss having a current iPhone. I never appreciated this aspect of IOS more than I do now.

I can’t believe how intrusive some of these ads can be. I’m talking about entire half page or full page ads which make it impossible to read any article coherently (and sometimes even find the rest of the article on the page.) Yikes.

Sometimes it’s so bad that I can’t even turn the phone to landscape mode to read because there’s only a few lines of space between the ads. It’s really horrible.

If this is what freedom from Apple’s “walled garden” is like, then I’m fine with the garden. Bring me back to that peaceful garden.

Also, I don’t recall things being this bad on an Android tablet. So, is it just because phones are in daily and ever-present usage or is there some other reason why Andtoid tablet ads were not so intrusive?

Anyhow, it looks like my days of simplicity using the stock browser will be coming to an end, even tho the intrusive ads are the only dissatisfaction I have with it.

So, what do you use and what made you decide this was the best option for you? Share your wisdom with me so I can escape from this hellish advertising nightmare. Help!!

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Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I have an Android phone and I’ve never had this problem. I’ve only ever had android phones. I normally buy Samsung phones, but there were a few things I didn’t like about the new options. I’ve noticed on my new HTC phone I get ads when I turn it on. The ads aren’t intrusive otherwise. I downloaded an Adblocker app, but it seems to only be a browser. That’s not what I want. I’ll be reading this thread with interest.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I’ve been using Android phones for 8 years, and I have no idea what you are talking about. I do not have this issue.

“Stock browser”? Which browser is that?

Buttonstc's avatar

@Jake

For the browser, it’s what comes up when you click on the Internet icon. I don’t know whether it’s standard Android or something added by Samsung.

I used the term “stock” browser to differentiate it from something like Firefox, Opera or other browsers which you would need to download an app for.

I’m not sure what the proper term would be for the browser which comes with either Android or the phone enabling Internet access. Maybe default browser makes it clearer?

On the iPhone the stock browser is Safari which is Apple’s propietary browser on all their products. Of course there’s always the option of using others like Firefox etc.

Buttonstc's avatar

@All

Just to clarify one more thing which I forgot to add.

For the last several years, I’ve been doing my web browsing almost exclusively on a mobile device, either phone or tablet.

Therefore, the presence of intrusive ads is likely noticed more by me than for someone who typically uses their phone for Internet only sporadically. I use it daily.

(and now that I think about it, it wasn’t that noticeable for the first few weeks when my product preferences were a relative unknown to the system. But now that I made several purchases from various websites, I’m getting flooded by ads for stuff I’ve already purchased, trying to sell me more of same. Talk about annoying.)

But I NEVER had this happen when I had an iPhone. And I do mean NEVER. No exaggeration.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I have never used the Samsung browser on my phone even once. I use Chrome. It’s a simple download.

DominicY's avatar

I use an app called “Block This!”, that blocks all ads on every app—but it requires a subscription and it’s no longer available from the Google Play Store now (apparently Google doesn’t like having an all-around ad-blocking app, but the app is still available in some places). That said, there are browsers, like the AdBlock browser, that block ads by the default.

johnpowell's avatar

I use Firefox on my Android phone. You can install extensions to block ads on it. uBlock Orgin is where the goods are.

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