How to disable ads on Android or iPhone, no root or jailbreak required

How to disable ads on Android or iPhone, no root or jailbreak required
Mobile ads are the perfect example of a necessary evil. They are distracting and suck extra battery juice, but they also provide revenue for the developer behind the app. 

Some apps and games, however, go way too far with the number of advertisements they show. For example, imagine that you're playing one of those repetitive, addicting games à la Flappy Bird and you get slapped with a full-screen ad after every three runs. Now these are the definition of annoying. This is why we thought we'd show you how to disable ads in Android or iPhone games and apps.

The method we're about to show you has been known for a while, but we realized that many people still don't know about it. And while it does have its potentially unwanted side effects, it is easy to execute and does not require any hacking whatsoever. Your device does not have to be rooted or jailbroken.

You can disable ads in iOS or Android apps and games by disabling your smartphone or tablet's internet connection. See, we told you this was a simple hack. Just make sure you do so before you launch the app or game you wish to enjoy without being bombarded by ads.

How to switch your device's internet connection off? Well, the quickest way is by enabling Airplane mode. This, however, isn't the best approach as you won't be able to receive calls or texts, if it's a smartphone you're working with. That's why we'd recommend turning its Wi-Fi and cellular data off instead, leaving its the fundamental calling features unaffected.

On Android devices, you turn Wi-Fi and cellular data connectivity off from the toggle buttons placed in its pull-down notification menu. If for some reason such buttons aren't present, go to its Settings menu and look for the Wi-Fi and Data Usage options.

On iOS 7 and later, Wi-Fi can be quickly disabled from Command Center – the menu that appears when you pull up from the bottom of the screen. To disable cellular data, go to Settings > Cellular and turn off the Cellular Data option. You can check out our tutorial on disabling cellular data in iOS if you need additional help.

Obviously, this trick won't be of much use for games and apps that require an active internet connection to work. For games like Angry Birds, Tinderman, One More Line, and the likes, however, disabling your internet connectivity is a great way to get rid of ads.

Do you find our tip useful? Let us know in the comments!

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28 Comments

1. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

And to disable mobile browser ads (hint hint) download Firefox and add a Ad block extension.

17. xtradax

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 13, 2014

The best option for non rooted phones is an amazing browser called: " lightening browser + " Light, fast, and a built-in adblocker. Btw Firefox is too slow on android

25. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Firefox is too slow on anything. Extensions are great but Firefox is no longer the fast and light browser.

27. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Faster than chrome for me. But I still use chrome because videos don't work on firefox

2. stealthd unregistered

I wonder if anyone would ever design their apps to either save ads for offline use, or pop up and say "looks like you've been offline for a while, you'll need to watch 12 ads to continue"

5. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Man, if this actually happened I'd just laugh and say, "Alright, you got me."

24. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i bet someone somewhere's going to steal this idea lol

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

all the games i play need internet connection but non of them have ads so im good

4. LifeSucks

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Dear Editor.... *inhales* YOU HAVE GOTTA BE BLOODY KIDDING ME!! Who the f**k doesn't know that disabling internet access gets rid of ads?!

7. namesib

Posts: 97; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Right? What is the point of this article...?

8. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Being the lamest ever on PA.

11. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Even you were a noob once.

12. LifeSucks

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Yeah. But it doesn't take a genius to figure out that ads require internet.

18. Sauce5 unregistered

It doesn't take a genius to figure out the world doesn't revolve around your single knowledge. There are others who don't even know what Airplane Mode is.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

there are lots of people who don't know this, and they still wont because they don't read tech blogs.

20. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

ikr bruh

6. mdroid

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

what a hack!! intelligent! this is discovery of this century!

9. AlikMalix unregistered

A bit unethical, to be honest. If I like the app or game, I automatically search for the ad-free version and give developers a dollar or two... In Clash of Clans or Jungle Heat, I still haven't used the diamonds I paid for with real money - just wanted to support the developer.. The "Thank you so much for supporting us!" notes are worth the $1... I've tried making a simple web based app and guess what, just the design alone is an effort on its own. Luckily App Store (not sure about Google Play) has a Ad-Free versions of 95% of apps... Would be nice if PA had an ad-free site for a $1 or something...

10. wmb1974

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 29, 2015

The irony of this is that this very website is beyond infested with ads - many that cover the screen.

13. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

But you need internet to visit it ;)

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Internet was so awesome back in the 80's and 90's when we didn't have this crap to deal with. Slow connections made ads a pain to have. That was until AOL came along and NetZero. You can even watch a frikkin YouTube video which starts with an ad, and if its long enough gets interrupted by an ad. After a while we aren't going to want to come online. I personally am very close to that point.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

One problem with this is many game require an internet connection to work properly. In fact, I would say those are becoming the vast majority.

19. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Try UC browser

21. fuelband

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

April Fools got here early

22. leroy98

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 29, 2014

I use Weblock for iPhone. You can set filters manually. Also block things like scripts. Even YouTube doesn't show ads. Also no jailbreak or root required. You'll get an url and paste it in the HTTP-Proxy bar. It really works, give it a try.

23. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah, disabling internet or keeping your phone on Airplane mode will keep ads away while playing games.

26. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

1) If there is a game's ads that annoy you,then you should go and give it the deserved review, after that download games from other developers who deserve revenue from ads, or go spend some money on paid games that doesn't have ads in first place. 2) If you want to control Internet access (for any legitimate reason) in android you can use NoRoot Firewall app, Droidwall(need root) or Opera Max (can't work for Wifi but compress data ).

28. paeschli

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

In only root for one reason: AdFree. Fantastic app!

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