Adblock Plus and (a little) more

Adblock Plus 1.0 for Android released · 2012-11-27 11:34 by Andrey Novikov

Install Adblock Plus for Android
If your phone doesn’t have access to Google Play you can also use the “Direct download” link on our homepage.

Until recently blocking ads on Android meant that you have to install Firefox and then Adblock Plus for Firefox. Things just got simpler for users of other browsers: all you need now is the Adblock Plus app. It works in background and filters out ads in almost all Android browsers and apps. Android 2.1 and higher is supported, the app uses the same filter lists as the Adblock Plus browser extensions.

Note that we are still in the early development stages with this application and there is certainly much room for improvement. There are also important limitations depending on the Android version on your device and whether your device has been rooted:

  • Rooted: Ads can be blocked on Wi-Fi and mobile connections.
  • Non-rooted with Android 3.1 or later: Ads will be blocked on Wi-Fi connections only.
  • Non-rooted with Android 3.0 or earlier: Some manual configuration is required.

Note that Android does not allow ads to be blocked on SSL encrypted websites. Also, Adblock Plus for Android will only block ads in Firefox and Opera browsers on rooted devices.


Comment [10]

  1. Massi · 2012-11-27 19:37 · #

    How can i move to sd card if the system icon to do that is disabled? (not rooted)#

  2. android developer · 2012-11-28 02:33 · #

    Thanks for ruining lots of honest android developers with your crap adblock.


  3. Tepee · 2012-11-28 09:54 · #

    Thank you Andrey for this good news !
    I am new in the android world (I was on iOS before) and I am very surprised of the tons of free app with adds, even for children.
    Of course there are always the (check what you want) HD version, Pro version, Ad-free version, etc. but the ad-supported version usually don’t mention there “business” model.
    You have to install or verify with the another app made by the developer first to be sure if there are ads or not.
    I think your app will oblige developers to rethink that and be more transparent.
    The best of all would be that all the Free versions (should be named with this mention) will be ad free but with less options or levels than the paid one. It seems logical.

    @ android developer
    It is a good idea to talk for every developers, but you are not their chef leader, are you ?
    About “honesty”, it is your point of view. As I have just said before, maybe you will have a little more work to do by making a real free version, limited but with no ads, instead of adding ads and another craps to earn cents.

    By the way, good idea Andrey, I will give it a try.

  4. hi · 2012-12-01 02:58 · #

    Will this eventually be able to block ads if not
    rooted? Or being rooted is a must (non-wifi)

  5. hi · 2012-12-01 03:24 · #

    Also, why is this better then using abp on firefox since
    you have to download firefox anyway?

  6. kgb · 2012-12-04 04:48 · #

    Is this supposed to block ads in apps? Because I’m still getting ads in all my apps and it’s been configured right.

  7. Valeriy Goldshteyn · 2012-12-05 08:51 · #

    ich versuche die Soft in Tablett PS nutzen. Ich erwartete von der Software mehr. Ich benutze Adblock für Firefox schon 3-4 Jahre und bin sehr zufrieden. Adblock für Android ist eine Mißgeburt. Sie blockiert die Seite, die Einführung der Login in der Seite Doch. Das ist keine Werbung! Sehr schade!
    Mit freundlichen Grüßen

  8. jon · 2012-12-06 22:53 · #

    @ android developer

    Adblock is not crap and unlike your increasingly irritating and intrusive add’s, it is much appreciated !

  9. Dave · 2012-12-08 09:18 · #

    Will there be source code for building an apk?

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    It is already available –

  10. cassie · 2012-12-29 21:07 · #


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