How to Block Ads on Android Mobiles

Unwanted advertising can be even more annoying on a smartphone than on a computer due to the limited screen space. Several applications can block ads on an Android handset. Your options vary depending on the way you currently use your phone; to an extent, you can reduce the prevalence of ads with native browser tools.

Advertising concept: Finance Symbol and Ads on computer keyboard background
Apps can block Android ads.
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Firefox Browser

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Download and install the Firefox Browser for Android app from the Google Play store (see Resources).

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Open Firefox on your phone, tap the menu button, then select "Tools", "Add-ons" and "Browse all Firefox Add-ons."

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Use the search box to find Adblock Plus and select "Add to Firefox." This will block content known to come from advertisers.

Google Play: Spring Ad Blocking Browser

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Go to the app launch on your phone and tap the Google Play Store app. It's a multi-colored triangle (similar to a play button on a VCR or DVD player remote) shown as if it were on a shopping bag.

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Search for Spring Ad Blocking Browser. Download and install the app.

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Use this app in place of your regular browser whenever you want to visit websites and avoid pop-up ads.

Adblock Plus App

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Open "Settings," then select either "Applications" or "Security" and tap the check box marked "Unknown sources." This lets you get apps from sources other than Google Play, including Adblock Plus.

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Tap "OK" to confirm you've read any message about accepting apps from unknown sources.

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Open the Adblock Plus for Android download page (see Resources) and tap "Download" to download and install the app.