0Google removes ad blocking apps: Get them here

It seems that the formerly “do no evil” google have decided to remove all ad block­ing apps from the Play Store.  For­tu­nately it has always been pos­sible to install apps dir­ectly from the APK files — as long as you can find them.  The 3 most pop­u­lar ad block­ing apps are still avail­able to down­load in apk format, all you need to do is enable the installing of apps from “unknown sources” some­where in your phones settings.

As I men­tioned above, before try­ing to install any of these apps you need to enable “unknown sources”.  This set­ting will be found in the main set­tings, then either applic­a­tions or secur­ity, then look for a set­ting that men­tions unknown sources and enable it.  You can then either down­load dir­ectly on your phone and install from the down­load menu, or you can down­load on your PC, copy the APKs to your phone (e.g. via USB) and use a file-man­ager app (e.g. ES File Explorer) to install them.


My per­son­al favour­ite ad block­ing app has always been AdFree by BigTin­Can.  Find­ing the APK was­n’t very easy, but it turns out that it can be down­loaded dir­ectly from BigTinCan.com.

AdBlock Plus

AdB­lock Plus is also avail­able dir­ectly from its home at AdBlockPlus.org but note that it only blocks ads when using WiFi.


AdAway is avail­able from the F‑Droid app repos­it­ory.

If you’re unable to get the apk files from any of the ori­gin­al loc­a­tions then please let us know by com­ment­ing below.  You can vis­it our down­loads page for mir­rors, but we can­’t guar­an­tee to keep the mirrored cop­ies bang up-to-date though so please try the offi­cial sources first.

Found this useful? Please do let us know by dropping a comment below. If you would like to subscribe please use the subscribe link on the menu at the top right. You can also share this with your friends by using the social links below. Cheers.

Leave a Reply