Whenever I get a new phone, the first thing I always do is root it. This is so I can install an adblocker. So when I got the S10+ I decided to not root (mainly due to the complete lack of ROMs) and look for a rootless adblocking method. AdGuard Mobile Protection came top of my search list. AdGuard doesn’t require root access and it provides a broad spectrum of features: filtering in apps, apps management and much more.
Once installed you run through a wizard, which takes you through the settings for the app. It is then activated and appears as an icon on your status bar. Once one this thing blocked ads throughout my whole system. This includes video ads and ads in apps, browsers, games, and on any website, including this one. Dozens of ad filters are available to choose from and are updated on a regular basis, guaranteeing the best filtering quality.
AdGuard Mobile Protection
On top of the adblocking, AdGuard will also offer protection from trackers. Including, analytics systems that lurk on the web trying to steal your sensitive information.
More ads blocked means fewer ads loaded. Fewer ads loaded means more traffic saved. You can open AdGuard to monitor how many ads and trackers have been blocked. More importantly, you can see the data saved. I have been using this for almost a month and have saved around 3GB of data.
There is a wide range of settings — from basic to ‘pro’ — as well as an Apps Management tool will help you customize the filtering to your liking. You can pick the lists used for blocking ads, you can see when they were last updated too.
Adguard does all this by acting as a VPN, tunneling all your data through the VPN, and pulling out any ads or other nasties. This does mean that unfortunately, it is impossible to run two VPNs at the same time on Android.