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AdAway

AdAway is an open source ad blocker for Android using the hosts file.
An ad blocker that uses the hosts file.
The hosts file is a system file that contains a list of mappings between host names and IP addresses.
When an app requests an ad from a host in that file, this request is redirected to the local IP 127.0.0.1, which does nothing.
You can download predefined hosts files from within the app to incorporate them into the system's hosts file. It is also possible to use your own files and to add certain hosts to white- and black-lists.
There are options to run a local web server to respond to blocked host names and to direct requests to the IP address of your choosing instead.

Requires root: Yes. The hosts file is located in /system which is read-only by default.

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  • Version 5.1.0 (50100) suggested Added on 2020-11-14

    This version requires Android 8.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • request install packages
      Allows an application to request installation of packages.
    • android.permission.QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES
    • prevent phone from sleeping
      Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.

    Download APK 12 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 4.3.6 (40306) - Added on 2020-07-29

    This version requires Android 4.1 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • prevent phone from sleeping
      Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.

    Download APK 5.3 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 4.3.4 (40304) - Added on 2020-05-09

    This version requires Android 4.1 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • prevent phone from sleeping
      Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.

    Download APK 5.3 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log