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How to block app and browser ads on the Galaxy S5 without root

There is no shortage of ad blockers if you have a rooted Samsung Galaxy S5, but what about those folks who don't want to root and potentially lose their warranty, or mess up the Samsung Knox counter? In that case, Adblock Plus comes to the rescue. It will weed out the ad banners from your free apps, and even weed out the most annoying ads you would otherwise see while browsing on your Galaxy S5.

Installing Adblock Plus involves a little trickery, since it doesn't require root, as you will have to manually alter the APN for each carrier data network you want it to work on. Here's what to do if you want to block a lot of those annoying advertisements that are flooding our handsets lately:

1. Download Adblock Plus and install on your S5. Make sure you have the option to install from unknown sources turned on in the developer settings menu - turn to our app sidealoading guide for Android, if needed.

2. Start the app, and turn on the filtering option, which means that most ads flying your phone's way will be blocked while you peruse the web on a Wi-Fi network. If for some reason the Wi-Fi network settings don't change automatically, you have to manually change them with the next steps, which are for cellular networks in principle;

3. To turn on ad blocking for when you are on a cellular data network, go to Settings>network connections>more networks>mobile networks>access point names, and long-press on your default carrier connection to enter editing mode. Replace the respective fields with Proxy: localhost and port: 2020, hit the three menu dots at the top, and tap save;

4. On some Galaxy S5 versions the the access point name settings have to be changed manually, and the old APN overwritten, as there's no way to edit it directly. In this case, copy the default APN settings, create a new APN, and fill it in with the copied settings, only replacing the fields Proxy: localhost and port: 2020, then make the new APN your default one;

5. That's it, you should now have a mostly ad-free experience on your stock unrooted Galaxy S5. Not all 3rd party apps can be blocked, and Adblock Plus let's some unobtrusive ads seep through by default, but overall the community is pretty happy with its results, as it's about the only option to enjoy unrooted phones in an ad-free manner.

source: phazey12 (XDA-Devs)

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posted on 06 Jun 2014, 10:28 7

1. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I find it verry ironic that you are promoting adBlock given that ads are how you're paying your employees.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 10:52 2

2. Planterz (Posts: 888; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Heh, PA is one site I use to demonstrate to people how ABP works on my rooted devices, because I know what kind of ads they use.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 11:18

4. wilsong17 (Posts: 962; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Lol it show how much you know bro.. Are you the one paying then?

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 11:26 6

7. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I'm not, but how do you think they're making money? Selling hardware? Selling software? Selling anything (Merch...)? It's pretty obvious...

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 11:24

6. illiad (Posts: 113; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


did you miis the part that said

"Adblock Plus let's some unobtrusive ads seep through by default"

???

this means that 'good guys' that **DO NOT** use flashing graphics, pretend logins, and pretend txt message alerts, will be allowed in... :)

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 11:31 2

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5480; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I think that part of articles and reviews in PhoneArena.com are prepaid so all those advertisement banners are just a small part of PhoneArena.com incomes.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 14:10

14. fzacek (Posts: 1869; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


That's exactly what I was thinking...

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 11:03

3. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Could someone elaborate on changing the APN? I'm at the "Edit access point" and the only changeable option is just APN name and that's it.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 11:20

5. wilsong17 (Posts: 962; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Just add a new apn.. check xda members they will show you

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 14:11

15. fzacek (Posts: 1869; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


PA does have some annoying pop-up ads, which would be blocked...

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 12:03

9. Zenzui (Posts: 79; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Too much work just to get this going. I will just install firefox and its adblock add on in it. Since most of the annoying ads is thru browsing. While some of the apps, it had been proven that it would no eliminate them with this standalone app.

But all my devices are rooted so I have both options enabled.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 12:28

10. xperian (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Or you can just install Firefox (works smoother and is more stable than chrome for android, I don't like firefox on pc, but on a phone it's a good browser) and adblock plus addon

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 12:29

11. AnukulVcool (Posts: 126; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


Ad block is a torture for indie developers, please avoid using it.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 13:20 1

12. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


uc browser is also good with their adblock addon.......

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 14:09

13. downphoenix (Posts: 2357; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Anyone know if this works with other phones? I only want it for Facebook personally (I refuse to use their app, I use the website version) as that's the only site I visit where the ads I find to be annoying or intrusive.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 16:45 1

16. Sora77 (Posts: 23; Member since: 31 Mar 2014)


It works with any phone, not just GS 5. Don't know why the title is "on Galaxy S5".

posted on 07 Jun 2014, 00:42

18. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 61; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


I am downloading...

posted on 07 Jun 2014, 00:41

17. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 61; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


How about SIII, S4, Note3, and M7, M8, Z2, G2, G3, Moto X...? Is the software optimised for S5? If yes, please add these words "The app only works with Samsung S5, blah blah blah", author.

posted on 07 Jun 2014, 16:57

19. Blazers (Posts: 223; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Nope it works great with the Note 3.

I think the reason that the S5 is mentioned, is due to the fact that the locked bootloader versions don't have a root method yet.

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