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Android Instructions: How to Disable In-App Ads

Disable In-App Ads

Many developers of free software products for the popular Android operating system earn income from placing advertisements in their applications in the form of small advertising banners popping up in front of users.


Thus, this is a kind of payment for the use of free programs.

Not so long ago, this type of earnings was available only on Internet sites visited from personal computers. However, with the development of modern technologies and the conquest of popularity of smartphones and tablet PCs, the situation has changed dramatically. These days, advertising in Android apps no longer surprises anyone.


What does advertising affect?

Despite the earnings of developers, users of mobile devices advertising banners bring some inconvenience. And it's not even that kids might see inappropriate ads like breast augmentation services or anything like that. Advertisements are a source of additional traffic, because, in most cases, information is downloaded from the World Wide Web, which reduces the performance of the processor and increases the response time of the application.

In addition, there is an additional threat of malicious software penetrating into a mobile phone or tablet that threatens the security of users' personal data. Thus, the problem of disabling ad units becomes a very relevant issue.

Methods of opting out of ads

There are several ways to disable ads in apps running on the Android operating system. One of the most common is to prohibit the application from connecting to the Internet. However, in this case, the ad units will still degrade the performance of the devices. There is another way - these are special applications that can remove pop-up banners at the level of system code, however, they do not work with all applications.

Domain Names

If administrator rights are set on a smartphone or tablet running on Android, then in this case you can make changes or completely replace the system hosts file, which is located in the root folder etc. When the program tries to connect to the Internet, the system checks the contents of this file. In it, the information is indicated in the form of a table, in which the IP address is indicated in the left column, and the name of the resource or advertising banner is indicated in the right column.

By replacing all IP addresses with the standard 127.0.0.1, you can block any advertising banner or website. The same principle works for Windows operating systems. You can track where the app connects and manually deny access to it. It is best to download from the Internet a ready-made hosts file containing the most common advertising links.

Ad blocking apps

You can get rid of ads in Android applications using a special Security Master utility. This program is absolutely free and works on all mobile devices with Android OS installed. Among the disadvantages can be noted the fact that the application consumes a certain resource of RAM, however, this utility will forever save you from annoying ad units. It is also important that for the installation and stable operation of Security Master it is not necessary to have administrator rights, which is of great importance for many novice users.

After installing and running the application, you need to activate its protection. To do this, go to the menu located in the upper left corner, and select the "Active Protection" item. After that, a corresponding window will open in which you need to tick the box next to the item "Ad blocking" and run an automatic check.

After the scanning process is completed, the user is given a detailed report on the found and blocked ad units. As a result, the user forever forgets about what advertising in mobile phones and tablets is. It is worth noting that when installing new applications, scanning will occur automatically.

Layout of the system code

Another interesting and effective application is Lucky Patcher. However, this application is considered pirated and therefore it is not available on Google Play. The application completely removes ads from all programs installed on your mobile device. In addition, the utility has a set of other useful functions, however, for their work, the user must have administrator rights. Immediately it is worth noting that anti-advertising is available only in the latest updates, so if you install the old version, you will not achieve the desired result.

After the end of scanning the device, the program gives a report about all the utilities. Containing ad units or embedded license keys in their program code. In order to get rid of all the superfluous, you need to select the application you are interested in and run the appropriate patch. In addition, you can do all the work manually: select an application with ads, launch the context menu and disable the Activity function.

However, manual layout is possible if the user has the necessary level of knowledge, otherwise the application may simply stop working. It is also recommended to save backups with which you can roll back the utility to its original state. The interface of Lucky Patcher is fully Russified, so there should be no problems in the process of working with the application.

In conclusion

Despite the wide variety of methods and applications with which you can get rid of ads in Android applications, the best way out is to avoid any similar software products. Moreover, these days you can find many applications in which ad units have already been cut from the system code.