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Now in its sixth incarnation, with many under-the-hood technical improvements, AdAway operates as a free, open-source ad-blocking app for Android, available for rooted and non-rooted devices. AdAway blocks ads using host files, such as text files that map host names to IP addresses. You can whitelist or blacklist domains or add new host files. AdAway needs root access because host files are located in the system partition. With non-rooted devices, the app uses VPN to block outgoing connections to ads and trackers. You can also download built-in ads and blocker lists as host files directly within the app.
Under the hood, in order to find where stuff is, the Internet works the so called IP addresses. For example, the ip address for this website is: 22.214.171.124. As this is hard for humans to remember, and it would be a pain to enter those numbers in our browser as URL, we refer to websites by their Domain names (e.g. "block-this.com"). This creates the need of a central registry where all domain names and addresses are kept. Domain Name Servers (DNS) are the Internet's equivalent of a phone book. They maintain a directory of domain names and translate them to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. For every request, your browser uses a DNS to find the correct IP address and to be able to download and render the website onto your screen.
Pros:Watch YouTube videos from browser without adsSign in to your Google accountSkip sponsor segmentsCons:Not a dedicated YouTube appYouTube mobile website might feel barebones to someDownload Kiwi BrowserChange DNS to Block YouTube AdsAlso worth exploring is the idea of using a Private DNS like AdGuard to block YouTube ads. If you have an Android phone running Android 9 Pie or above, head over to the Private DNS option under Network & Internet settings to use AdGuard as your DNS. Doing so will stop ads when you are watching YouTube videos from a mobile browser. In case you are using a phone with an older version of Android, take a look at our guide on changing Android DNS settings for detailed instructions. Pros: 2b1af7f3a8