How To Block Ads with Private DNS on Android


If you’re running Android version 9, 10, 11, or later on your device, one of the best, underrated features you’ve been ignoring all this while is the Private DNS feature. Yes, you see it under the Network Settings now and then but you’ve not taken cognizance of it.

Private DNS on Android lets you connect to various DNS servers on your Android phones easily. And in the case of blocking ads on your device, connecting to an ad-blocking Private DNS server can keep everything on your device clean from ads, without the need of a VPN or rooting your device. And, of course, that makes it the best ad blocker for Android phones since you don’t need to install an app that keeps running in the background. And why some ad-blocker apps require rooting or premium subscription to work efficiently, Private DNS is completely free.

Here’s how to set up Private DNS to block ads on your device: the steps may vary based on your Android version or skin. But the best way to go about it is to search for “Private DNS” in the Settings app.

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap Network & Internet
  • Select Private DNS
  • Click on Private DNS provider hostname.
  • Enter any of the following hostnames into the text box
    • (for normal ad blocking by Adguard)
    • (for adblocking and adult contents filter)
  • Tap Save when you’re done.

Try reconnecting to the internet after setting the Private DNS to start the system-wide ad blocker on your device. Some apps may require you to restart them before they stop showing ads, too. You may restart your device.

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