Spotlight: NoChromo is basically Chrome for Android with an ad-blocker (no root)

Spotlight: NoChromo is basically Chrome for Android with an ad-blocker (no root)
Although there are other ways to enjoy ad blocking on Android without rooting, NoChromo is, by far, the most seamless. Basically, it's a build of Chromium (inclusive of recent Chrome sources) with built-in ad and malware blocking. Using it feels no different than handling Chrome, with the added difference that there are no ads in sight. NoChromo just breaks them like that.

In addition to dealing away with ads, NoChromo is very lean, and its fine-grained ad-blocking system puts it "square in the middle" between host-based ad-blocking and the mechanisms of more popular extensions.

We haven't noticed any hitches in our browsing sessions with NoChromo, although its developer warns of some codecs and other proprietary stuff missing from the Chromium source code - so your mileage may vary!

As with any ad-blocking app, NoChromo cannot be found in the Google Play store, which means you will have to sideload the app yourself. Just download the .apk to your device from the link below. You can also pay the XDA thread a visit for more information about NoChromo - it can be reached from the developer link.

Developer: NoChromoDownload: Android
Genre: BrowsersPrice: Free



1. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I love how PA used pictures from their site.

2. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Because they know their site is an ad disaster fest, which completely ruins our experience when visiting their site. Hope this can block those annoying Indonesian Whatsapp pages popping up.

3. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011


7. waddup121 unregistered

Staying lean to dream!

4. DannyJr

Posts: 38; Member since: May 08, 2014

How will this app update? I rely on Google Play to keep my apps up-to-date, but since this is sideloaded, do I have to redownload the apk every time?

5. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Yes you'll have to, unless the developer implements some kind of in-app update mechanism.

6. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

As I click this I get a pop up. There couldn't be a better AD

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