Nobody likes flashing banners, pop-ups and other types of annoying ads. Classic desktop browsers did get many ad-blocking plugins, but default mobile browser on iOS, Safari, did not. You had to install another 3rd party browser with included feature, like ad blocking. Yea, full browser for one feature. And if you wanted another feature which was not included in that browser, you needed to install third browser… On desktop web browsers you just need to install plugin, on iOS you had to get whole browser…
But things are gonna better and in iOS 9 Apple introduced content blockers for Safari. You only need to download content blocker app from App Store and activate it in System Setting. You can find in on tab “Safari” and then look for “Content Blockers”. If you can’t see it, please make sure you have installed at least one content blocker. Otherwise, this option is hidden.
You can block various types of content, not only ads, for example social buttons, trackers, European Union Cookies Law banners etc. It will improve loading time and save your cellular data. It can improve security and privacy too.
I use two content blockers – Adblock Plus and 1Blocker. Here is no ultimate content blocker, so that’s reason why I use both Adblock Plus and 1Blocker. First one is simple blocker, second one got many settings, just look at screenshot:
If my iDevice can run iOS 9, can I use content blockers?
It’s sad, but no. You need 64-bit processor in your device. All Apple A7 and later chips are 64-bit. These devices got 64-bit processor:
- iPhone: model 5S and later, including iPhone SE
- iPad: model Air and later or mini 2 and later or iPad Pro (both sizes)
- iPod touch 6th generation
You can download reviewed app(s) here:
1Blocker – Blocks Ads, tracking scripts, anything
Adblock Plus – Remove ads, Browse faster without tracking
Update 1st – 19. October 2016: 1Blocker got it’s Mac counterpart, read more HERE