Fortunately, you can use a few simple steps to block ads in apps on your Android phone. This trick does not require the installation of any APK or app nor the root of the phone. All you need to do is have a device running Android 9 or later.
Bear in mind that…
Many developers rely on advertisements to support their development efforts.
Whether it’s a small independent group of just three kids or a larger, globally distributed team, the revenue generated from otherwise free games is used to pay for hosting, cloud backup, storage, graphic design, and more.
In other words, removing or blocking advertisements potentially inhibits developers from growing. Think about this and then decide … well!
How to block ads in apps on your Android phone
You can find the software version of your device by going to “About phone” and looking at the Android version in the phone’s settings menu. This exact process can vary from one smartphone manufacturer to another, but often you find it quite easily.
Another thing to consider is that many newer phones from 2019 and 2020 already have Android 9 while most current flagships are equipped with Android 10.
After checking that you are using Android 9 or later, you need to look for the private DNS setting. Here’s how to do it.
Open the Settings menu and, if you have the built-in search function, you can use it to search for private DNS or DNS. Otherwise, you can try looking for network / wireless or connection settings on your phone.
In the case of my OnePlus 7T, the setting is found in Wi-Fi and the Internet. On my Pocophone F1, the setting is in connection and sharing.
Once you find the setting, touch it and a new box will open, which will ask you to enter private DNS mode.
Choose the hostname of the private DNS provider, enter and tap on Save. dns.adguard.com
This will now allow you to redirect a system-wide setting for DNS settings via adguard. While this won’t completely delete your ads in an app, it can reduce their frequency.
It is also worth mentioning that this could lead to some apps malfunctioning. If tested with the free version of TurboVPN, the app refuses to connect to a server. When I turned off private DNS, I was able to connect to the VPN again.
If you got tired of in-app ads, this little DNS hack is very useful. It works on practically any Android phone or tablet, as long as it runs Android 9 or later.