How to block ads on iPhone without a VPN
There are many apps in the Apple App Store that promise to block ads on iPhone, and get rid of annoying banners and pop ups, both in your browser and inside of games and apps. However, in mid July 2017, Apple announced that they will be cracking down on VPN-based ad blockers that work in third-party apps and will only be supporting ad blocking on the iOS platform via its Safari content blockers.
This means that if you got an ad blocker app from the Apple Store and using it on your iPhone to block ads on iPhone in various apps, you will not be able to do that anymore. However - don’t freak out just yet! Keep reading to see a workaround for this decision where you’ll be able to block unwanted and annoying ads on your iOS device, including the ones in ads. Best of all - you won’t have to pay anything for that!
What is Ad Blocking and how does it help me?
These days almost every website out there has ads, whether it’s web banners, pictures, animations, videos, pop-up windows, etc. Some of these make it difficult for visitors to get the information they want from a website, and can slow down the computer’s performance or even push malware. To a limited degree, most modern browsers offer some type of ad blocking (especially for pop-up windows), but it’s often not enough.
We did some tests a while ago and concluded that nearly 60% of web resources on major websites are ads! This means that if a page takes 5 seconds to fully load, 3 seconds of that are only the ads. Now - think about the apps you’re using - how often do you see ads in them and how much time you waste being forced (or not) to watch them?
Browser-based ad blockers (including Apple’s Safari) only take care of ads from websites, but what about the ads that are displayed within the apps you get from the Apple Store? Ads are not displayed in apps for nothing; most of them monetize from ads, each time you click on an ad or register for a certain service. So, Apple’s decision should not come as a shock in this context. But still - how is it possible to get around and still block ads from apps on the iPhone?
Get faster, more relevant Internet with FREE ad blocking from Connectify
It’s very simple: Connectify Hotspot allows you to turn any Windows laptop or PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot and share the Internet with your iPhone or other iOS device. Along with that, it includes universal ad blocking capabilities at no extra cost, which will help devices connected to your hotspot surf the Internet without distractions from annoying ads as well as minimize page load times and save on data usage.
So, all you have to do to block ads from iOS apps is to connect your iPhone to your laptop’s Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s a win/win & win solution!
Connectify’s Ad Blocking runs at the DNS level, making the servers that deliver ads unreachable for your clients. This means that it not only blocks ads in the browser, it can also block ads in other apps! This makes it a great solution if you’re looking for a whole house ad blocker.
How to turn on Ad Blocking with Connectify Hotspot
Ad blocking is available to clients of a host computer running Connectify Hotspot. So, if you’re sharing your Internet connection via Wi-Fi with other devices, your client devices will experience the Internet without any ads.
To activate the ad blocking feature for the iPhones and iPads connecting to your hotspot, just make sure the “Ad Blocker” option is enabled in the “Firewall” section of Connectify Hotspot, when you start sharing the Internet with your devices.
Once it’s on and your hotspot is started, you’ll see the Ad Block stats at the top of the Clients tab. It will show how many ads and ad trackers have been blocked this session, and in all time.
Why block ads on iPhone with the Connectify Hotspot Ad Blocker?
There are a bunch of reasons why we recommend using the ad blocking feature; here are a few that stand out:
- It certainly makes the Internet go faster on low-speed connections – not having to load all ads.
- Your iPhone and iPad will also go faster, as less memory and processing power will be required to load the missing ads.
- You will benefit from increased battery life on your iOS devices thanks to a lighter load on their resources.
- You will not get distracted by information that is not relevant for you.
Bottom line – if you want to get an ad-free Internet experience on your iPhone or iPad, get Connectify Hotspot for FREE on your laptop and share the Internet via Wi-Fi to your mobile device.
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