Spotlight: Adguard is the "no root required" Android ad blocker you want in your life

Spotlight: Adguard is the
If you stop a random tech-savvy person on the street and ask them why they root their Android smartphone, we bet Luis' unwashed slippers that the answer will be "because AdBlock"! Those longing for an Android ad-blocker have three quality alternatives to choose among - Adblock Plus (the classic), AdAway (the one with awesome support), and Adguard (the handsome one). Adguard might be a little less familiar to the ad-less tribe, though, so we felt it's worthy of an introduction.

Meet Adguard! Its strong points are a fair few. The most important one? No root required! This alone elevates Adguard into the ad-blocking elite!

The most prominent, but not essential feature though, has to be its modern design. Adguard is styled materially, giving Google design fans enough soft shadows and white spaces to turn the short time they spend inside the app's menus into quality time.

Moreover, Adguard uses local VPN technology to do its ad filtering business. That is, it has a VPN server embedded right in it so there's no need to make additional remote connections. Just run the app and it starts to filter all your traffic in the background.

Otherwise, Adguard does the typical ad-blocker/privacy app things. It gets rid of ad and online tracking codes found in web pages. Websites are also checked against a database of phishing and malicious sites, and you'll get a warning if there's a match. Adguard also scans apps downloaded from unknown sources for malicious code.

So, has Adguard won your interest? Great, but you won't find it in Google Play, because ad blockers kind of ruin Google's business and the company maintains a "ye shall not pass!" policy for them in its app store. So treat yourself to the .apk file from the link below. Just download it onto your device and install it like you do with your third-party apps.

Developer: AdguardDownload: Android
Category: ToolsPrice: Free

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34 Comments

1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

You should mention that Adblock plus is for non-rooted device too

5. Shocky unregistered

Really? Then why does it need root access?

12. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Try it, it works on proxy

14. waddup121 unregistered

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28. jedalton

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

finally found app that really works on my Nexus 6

2. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I will try this on my work phone since I do not want to root it. Hopefully it does what it says. It will be even better if it can block adds in apps.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Nice! It works! All PhoneArena ads are now gone! Guys you should try this ad blocker too!

6. Shocky unregistered

Does this work in the same way as adaway? or are they different?

10. Enddo

Posts: 53; Member since: May 26, 2014

This one uses a VPN, the same way the non-root version of AdBlock Plus works. This means all of your traffic is sent to the app's server and then they filter your data. Be careful with using a VPN like this for services and companies that you do not trust

13. avatar_adg

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

>> the same way the non-root version of AdBlock Plus works That's not true. Adblock Plus uses local proxy server. In this case you should manually set proxy settings for every Wi-Fi network. Also it does not work with 3G/4G. >> This means all of your traffic is sent to the app's server That is also not true. From the article: >> Adguard uses local VPN technology to do its ad filtering business. That >> is, it has a VPN server embedded right in it so there's no need to make >> additional remote connections. There is no remote server here.

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

So does anyone feel guilty that we're no longer financing websites through ad revenue? They gotta keep the doors open one way or another...

8. Shocky unregistered

Nope, been doing this years. They make the browsing experience unbearable at times. If they were sensible and stopped forcing ads and popups in your face it wouldn't be so bad.

11. Enddo

Posts: 53; Member since: May 26, 2014

At least the browsing experience is available. If everyone blocks ads then 90% of the internet's websites/content will dry up.

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1929; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'll try it for a little while, and see how well it works. One thing that I don't like is it keeps two persistant notifications in the notification tray. It really only needs one.

15. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

Does anyone know which of these uses the least amount of battery?

16. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I used adguard for a while. It worked as advertised, but you had to start/stop it every time you wanted to browse. You could not send/receive sms as of a couple of months ago. I know they were working on it, don't know if it got fixed. I don't like things running all the time that don't have to, so I got rid of it. It was too much of a pain to start/stop it all the time.

17. avatar_adg

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

This issue was fixed in one of the latest Adguard beta version. Not yet released, but soon will be. Also this issue with sms/mms depends on the device&cell network. Most of devices are ok, but, for instance, for Verizon S6 you'd better use beta version.

18. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Does this work with in app ads as well, like annoying ads that show up in Pandora?

19. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Probably not. You usually need a rooted device to access that information for an ad blocker. That being said I haven't tried the VPN method on a non-rooted device. Might be worth trying this out. :)

20. avatar_adg

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

It does, but app ad blocking is not free, you'll need to upgrade to premium. Free trial is 7 days.

21. Shocky unregistered

Good to know, thanks.

22. arsenal009

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 25, 2015

Where do I go to upgrade to premium?

25. avatar_adg

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

There're two ways: 1. Purchase a license key on our website (m.adguard.com) 2. Install the app from Amazon Appstore and purchase a subscription there. Unlike license key, Amazon subscription covers all your devices.

23. arsenal009

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 25, 2015

I am still getting ads on the youtube app with premium...

24. avatar_adg

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

True, we can't yet block youtube ads (until we implement full-scaled HTTPS filtering). Working on it right now.

26. arsenal009

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 25, 2015

Ok great. When do you anticipate this will be ready? Also, can you please notify me by replying here when it's ready, thanks.

27. avatar_adg

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Oh it's rather hard to say, 2 months from now I think. You can subscribe to project news on github: github.com/AdguardTeam/AdguardForAndroid

29. arsenal009

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 25, 2015

Hi, is adguard premium able to block youtube app ads now?

30. avatar_adg

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Not until we implement HTTPs filtering. However, we are working on it. You can watch progress on github: github.com/AdguardTeam/AdguardForAndroid/issues/21

31. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Hey, just wondering since you've already tried it. How are you finding the app overall ? Since its running in background all the time is it draining too much of your battery ?

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