How Will You Block Ads From Your Ipad

While watching the Super Bowl may be partially about the funny commercials, most of the time, we don’t like advertisements. It’s one reason why we DVR our favorite show to fast-forward past the ads. And this is never truer than some parts of the web where pages bombard us with annoying videos that automatically play, pop-up ads that cover content, and so many advertisements that the page itself becomes unusable and unreadable. But there is a simple and easy way past the problem: ad blockers.

Ad blockers and content workers will only work in the web browser, so you may still see ads in individual apps, including web pages shown on the Facebook and Twitter apps. Also, content blocking only works on newer iPad models such as the iPad Air and the iPad Mini 2 or newer.

First, Download an Ad Blocker to Your iPad

Perhaps the hardest part of the equation is actually finding a good ad blocker to download. Many ad blockers are paid apps, which means you will be charged a dollar or two for the blocker. There are also blockers like Ad-block Plus, which advertises that unobtrusive ads aren’t blocked to “support websites” but actually charges a fee in the form of a cut of ad revenue from some of these websites.

So which one to choose? The top of the list is 1 Blocker. It is free to download. Ad blocking is an on-going effort, which means an ad blocker that is no longer maintained will develop “leaks” as advertising companies find ways around the blocker or new ad companies pop up. If you didn’t spend any money on the ad blocker, you won’t feel as perturbed if it doesn’t work quite as good in a year.

1 Blocker is also extremely configurable. You can white-list your favorite websites, which allows ads on the site, and 1 Blocker is also capable of blocking trackers, social media links, comment sections, and other areas of a website that might slow download speeds. However, you can only block one element at a time in the free version. An in-app purchase is required to block multiple elements such as both advertisements and tracking widgets.

Ad-guard is a solid alternative to 1 Blocker. It is also free and includes a white-list feature. You can also block different trackers, social media buttons, and “annoying website features” like full page banners in addition to blocking ads.

And if you don’t mind paying a couple of bucks, Purify Blocker is easily the best-paid ad blocker on the App Store. It blocks ads, trackers, social media links, and comment sections and can white-list your favorite sites. You can even use Purify to block images on the page, which can really speed up how fast pages load.

Next, Enable the Ad Blocker in Settings

Now that you have downloaded your ad blocker, you will need to enable it. This isn’t something you can do in the Safari web browser or in the app you just downloaded. You will need to launch the iPad’s Settings app.

In settings, scroll down the left-side menu and tap Safari. There are a lot of Safari settings. The one you are looking for is Content Blockers, which is the last entry in the General section of Safari’s settings. It’s just below Block Pop-ups.

After you tap Content Blockers, you will go to a screen that lists all of the ad blockers and content blockers you have downloaded. Simply flip the switch next to the content blocker you have chosen and the blocker will begin working against ads in Safari.

How to Whitelist a Website in Your Ad Blocker

Most content is free on the web specifically because of the advertising. Certain websites definitely take advertising to the extreme, but for websites that display a normal amount of unobtrusive ads, especially if it is one of your favorite websites, it can be a good thing to “white-list” the website. This procedure will allow the website to display ads as an exception to the rules set up in your ad blocker.

To white-list a website, you will need to enable the action within the Safari browser. First, click the Share button. This is the button that looks like a rectangle with an arrow pointing out of it. The share button will bring up a window with actions like sending the web page’s link to a friend in a text message or adding the website to your favorites. Scroll through the bottom list and choose the More button.

This new screen will include an action specific to your ad blocker. It may say “White list in 1 Blocker” or simply “Ad-guard” — the language varies based on the solution you installed. Tap the switch beside the action to enable it. And if you think you will be using the white-list feature on a regular basis, you can even move it up in the list by placing your finger down on the three lines to the right of the switch and moving your finger toward the top of the screen. You will see the action move with your finger, allowing you to place it exactly where you want it on the list.

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