Tired of ads ruining your Android browsing experience? Here’s how to remove ads from Chrome or other browsers on an Android phone or tablet
Ads are boring. You know, I know that – and most of us would love to get rid of it, whether it’s on our computers or on our phones and tablets.
Most people know how easy it is to install ad blocker for your desktop or laptop, but few know that you can block ads on your Android phone or tablet as well. In fact, it’s often even easier, with ad blocking built right into some mobile web browsers, so you don’t need to install anything extra.
Ad blocking isn’t just about getting into trouble. Ads are downloaded to your phone as you browse the web, so every time you see one it will slow your phone down slightly and potentially increase your data bill.
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There are a few caveats, however. First of all, remember that no matter how boring the ads are, most websites force them to survive. Including, well, us. So we would kind of prefer you not to block ads, but we also understand why you want that.
Second, the free solutions all focus on blocking ads while you browse the web, not the rest of your device. Many apps include ads to cover their costs, and while we’ve included a way to block them, the solutions aren’t free. If you’re tired of the ads in a specific app that you use a lot (YouTube is a no-brainer), consider signing up for their premium or ad-free plan if they have one, as it might actually cost less.
If you see ads outside of apps on your phone or the same suspicious ads appear over and over again, there’s a risk that you have a virus – check out our guide to removing Android viruses just in case.
With that out of the way, here’s how to block ads that you can get rid of.
Block intrusive pop-ups and ads in Chrome
Google Chrome is the default web browser on many Android phones, so this is how most Android users browse the web. The good news is, you don’t have to ditch Chrome to block ads – and in fact, Chrome has built-in tools for blocking. some advertisements, but not all.
To activate them, open Chrome and tap the three dots at the top right, then tap Settings. From there, scroll down to “Site settings” and then find two key settings: “Pop-ups and redirects” and “Ads”. Tap each one and verify that the slider is gray and the text says pop-ups and ads are blocked.
The pop-up blocker will block pretty much all pop-up ads while you are browsing the web, while the ad setting will block all ads on specific sites that “serve intrusive or deceptive ads”. This means that sites with trustworthy ads won’t be affected, but you will remove the worst from the worst.
Use easy mode in Chrome
If you want to take it a step further, consider enabling Chrome Lite mode – formerly known as Data Saver.
You’ll find it in the main settings section of Chrome, and there’s a simple toggle to turn easy mode on or off. When enabled, it removes unnecessary functionality from web pages in order to save data and load faster including lots of advertisements.
Again, this won’t block every ad, but it will reduce the number of ads you see and make your web browsing faster. The downside is that it will remove some design elements on some websites, so pages can sometimes appear a bit flat or thin – although actual functionality shouldn’t be affected.
Block ads with another browser
If you’re happy to ditch Chrome, you might be able to block even more ads when browsing the web using a different browser.
First of all, several Android web browsers have built-in ad blocking. You can access the Opera browser for free popular on google play or try the adblock browser. All of them have more aggressive ad blocking options than Chrome, but you’ll have to forgo syncing your browsing history with Chrome on the desktop.
Install an ad blocker app
All of the above solutions are focused on your web browser, but it is possible to block ads elsewhere in Android. However, Google doesn’t allow system-wide ad blockers, so you won’t find any in the Play Store.
It doesn’t mean you can’t trust them. AdGuard and AdLock Both are from reputable cybersecurity companies, so you can trust them even if they aren’t from the Play Store. However, to install them, you will need to follow our advice on sideloading Android apps and decide if you are really willing to pay a subscription to get rid of the apps after the free trials have ended.