Many users are upset about the rise of ads in Android apps, but the truth is that advertising can help keep your favorite apps free. Most developers have to monetize their app in order to support themselves, and ads are often one of the best ways to do that.
While many users hate this fact, it’s here to stay, so you might as well find ways to deal with it effectively. This guide will show you how to remove ads from Android apps without rooting your device in 8 steps. Follow these steps and you’ll never have to see an ad in an Android app again!
Step 1: Download AdClear
Head over to AdClear’s website and download AdClear. You can download it onto any device, but you’ll need an AdClear account if you’re using a Google Account to sign in.
If you don’t have one, go ahead and create one for free here. Once it’s downloaded, install it on your device just like any other app (this will take up space on your device).
Step 2: Install AdClear
After installing your first mod, you’ll want to restart your device in order for it to take effect. This is done by rebooting your phone. To do so, tap on the power button at bottom of screen. Then tap on restart option.
Step 3: Restart Device
Restarting your device is one of those small steps that can help you out of a jam when things go wrong, but it’s also one that many people skip because they don’t know why it works.
When your system files become corrupt, trying restarting your phone or tablet. This may fix whatever caused any problems and allow you to continue using your device in peace.
If not, at least you’ll have an idea as to what could be causing any errors, which makes troubleshooting much easier down the road. You should do a full restart once every few weeks regardless; some people forget how easy it is and need a reminder on why they need to get into habit of doing so.
Step 4: Run AdClear
Once you’ve installed AdClear, open it up and tap on Clear all caches. This should take care of most of your problems. If you still have a few more ads showing up, then its time to clear app cache. To do that, simply navigate back to Settings > Storage > Cached data and hit Clear data.
This should work for most apps with pesky ads so try it out first before moving on (if needed). It is also worth mentioning that you can manually delete apps that come with persistent ads or app updates (that include them).
For example, I used Zomato until they decided to update it with intrusive ads which kept popping up in my notification bar even after uninstalling it!
Step 5 (Optional): Enable Root Protection
If you don’t have root access, your ad-blocking app won’t be able to block ads that display inside apps. An easy way around that is to install Root Checker from Google Play. After installing it, simply tap Check Root Access and if you aren’t rooted, it will notify you.
Tap Use Root Checker for Ad Blocking in Any App You Choose, then enable it when prompted. Now all ad blocking apps should work as intended (and prevent ads from displaying).
Step 6 (Optional): Restore Your Data and Exit ADCLEAR
This step will completely remove ADCLEAR from your phone, but that doesn’t mean your problems are over. Once you install a new anti-virus program, scan your phone and restore any data you may have lost after using ADCLEAR.
Finally, follow these steps to uninstall ADCLEAR: Open Settings on your phone and select Applications. Tap Manage Applications, select ADCLEAR, then press Uninstall.
When it’s done uninstalling, reboot your phone. Keep in mind you’ll have to re-add all of your data back into apps and sync with services like Google Contacts again!
Step 7 (Optional): Uninstall ADCLEAR
One of Google’s newest apps, Google Play Services, can be modified in a number of ways that could affect ads. So if you’d like to continue blocking ads after you’ve uninstalled them (or if you never installed an ad blocker in Step 1), it’s best to disable automatic updates for Google Play Services.
To do so, open your device’s Settings app and tap Google. On certain devices (particularly Nexus models), there will be two different entries for Google, one for just general information and another specifically for updating your device and apps.
Step 8 (Optional): Disable the Google Play Services Update Check
This is an optional step, but it’s worth doing. You’ll find Google Play Services updated through its own update process, which can be confusing if you don’t know what’s happening (and apps use Google Play Services so often that it can seem like ads are showing up even when they aren’t).
To disable updates for just Google Play Services: Open your device’s Settings menu and tap Apps. Select Google Play services from the list of apps. If there’s a green slider in front of Auto-update, slide it off. Repeat these steps for any other app that has a green slider in front of Auto-update.
You’re not required to root your phone in order to remove ads. You can install an ad-blocking app and disable internet access for certain apps, which also keeps them from displaying ads.
Luckily, if you only want blocked ads and aren’t too concerned about privacy, then disabling internet access on a few key apps will solve most of your problems—at least as far as display advertising goes.