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How to completely block in-app ads the proper way

How to completely block in-app ads the proper way
Ah, the cruel bane that advertisements are! They're the very epitome of the downsides of the freemium model. And yet, they're there for a reason. After all, developers need to put bread on the table, just like everybody else. But when it comes to Android apps, some devs take it farther than others, especially if the app is 'free' to begin with. These are sometimes not just obtrusive to a point where they pretty much force you to pay up or quit, but they're also sometimes specifically-engineered to get into your way and solicit clicks. If you know what we're talking about all too well, then you likely stand to gain something from reading on.

AdAway blocks the ad, but does not compensate for the space left behind.

AdAway blocks the ad, but does not compensate for the space left behind.

Ad-blocking techniques and software have been around for a long time. You have AdBlock for your PC browser, so it's only natural that a similar option is available for Android users, too. If a certain app has caused your sincere ire, then you've probably dabbled yourself in a search to exact revenge by shutting off the stream of ads that get loaded onto your device. You've probably also come across popular solutions, such as AdAway. 

AdAway is, essentially, an AdBlock for your Android. It's a great solution to getting rid of annoying ads, but there are two considerable downsides. For starters, AdAway is a 'blanket' type solution -- it blocks the ads from each and every app out there, and selectively whitelisting them is a challenge for your average Joe. This is a problem for some of us, who wish to support developers of great pieces of code, and don't mind the sometimes very-well positioned advertisements that don't really interfere. And second, while AdAway does blocks ads effectively, it does not necessarily do anything about the consequences, meaning that it doesn't re-arrange the UI of the app afterwards. This sometimes leaves giant blocks of free space where an ad used to be. Luckily, there's another solution that bypasses both these limitations, and is about as easy to install. As with AdAway, you'll obviously need to be rooted.

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posted on 06 Feb 2014, 05:23 1

1. lallolu (Posts: 550; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

I could not find MinMinGuard

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 05:27 1

2. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

Are you sure you're looking at the right place? Just double-checked for you, it's there (inside Xposed Framework).

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 06:05

3. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2223; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Done. Thanks, Chris!

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 06:52

4. jibraihimi (Posts: 769; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

Using this for long time..... Really very good app...

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 08:21

5. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Get LUCKY PATCHY, if you want to completely block in game ads....

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 08:23

6. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

lol, ok, I may try this....

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 09:53

7. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

A lot of the ads don't bother me because they are on the bottom of the screen, out of the way. What does infuriate me are the commercials preloaded in Youtube, and the popups there as well.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 11:31

8. tacarat (Posts: 804; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)

The proper way to block ads is to buy the app. I'm talking to the devs more than the buyers. We should always be given a buy option.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 13:46

11. kozza3 (Posts: 715; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

calm down good guy

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 19:31

14. roscuthiii (Posts: 2233; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Until they just decide to display ads in paid apps as a standard... then it's back to square one again.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 13:08

9. Cyberchum (Posts: 734; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

I have been using this for a while now, really a good app.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 13:08

10. Cyberchum (Posts: 734; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


posted on 06 Feb 2014, 15:04

12. Jon.916 (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)


posted on 06 Feb 2014, 20:15

13. andynaija (Posts: 968; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

Your first spelling was correct lol

posted on 14 Mar 2015, 08:22

15. purple (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)

Hi Chris. Thanks for taking the time to write this article. I tried following the instructions on my HTC One M8 5.0.1 and I can't uninstall Xposed Framework now. Under "Framework" it reads in red letters "Xposed is not (yet) compatible with Android SDK version 21 or your processor architecture (armeabi-v7a). CANNOT LINK EXECUTABLE: could not load library "libdvm.so" needed by "/data/data/de.robv.android.xposed.installer/cache​/app_process"; caused by library "libdvm.so" not found".
The Install/Update is not tappable and when I tap the Uninstall button I get the error message "SD card: /storage/emulated/0/Android/data/de.robv.xposed.in​staller/files
Mounting /system writable...
Restoring backup from /system/bin/app_process.orig
No backup found at /system/bin/app_process.orig"

As far as I understand, Xposed Framework did not make a backup of app_process when installed and now it cannot find it to restore it. Also I read that I am not supposed to uninstall Xposed from Settings->Apps.

What can I do now to uninstall Xposed and restore previous state of my device?

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 02:55

16. SaifGhole (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Sep 2015)

hey check this out..

Black ads on android. You can download the flashable zip here and flash it via recovery to block ads.

check it here- mytechalbum.com/how-to-block-ads-on-android/

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 09:39

17. AltDns (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jan 2016)

If you're using your device via wifi or router, you can just set the router settings to use an ad-blocking DNS. No installs. Block in-app ads as well. alternate-dns.com/index.html

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