Ad Blockers keep your web browsing experience clean while stoping companies from tracking you.
If you're tired of all the ads but don't want to use Reader View every time you surf the web, you can add content blockers to your iPhone or iPad, which will put them out of sight and help keep your activities private while you're online.
Ad blockers work in Safari and are only available on devices that support 64-bit architecture. In order to use an ad blocker after you've downloaded it, you'll need to enable it in your iPhone or iPad's Settings.
Here are the best ad blockers for iPhone and iPad.
Crystal is my favorite iOS ad blocker, in part because of how easy it is to add websites to the Whitelist, which is important for helping my favorite blogs stay in business. It also allows for "non-intrusive advertising." I really don't have a big problem with ads unless they take over the screen and somehow keep me from enjoying content on a website. Crystal allows friendly ads through, while blocking obnoxious ones. So if you'd like to continue helping all the blogs you read generate a little ad revenue but are tired of wanting to throw your iPhone across the room when a big pop-up ad appears, Crystal can help.
If you don't need a highly customizable ad blocking program but do want to have a little room to decide how much advertising you want to allow to filter through, give Crystal a try.
- $0.99 - Download now
1Blocker is really customizable. You can set different rules for blocking ads, trackers, cookies, website comments, Twitter and Facebook widgets, adult websites, and more. Plus, you can add your favorite sites to the Whitelist (ahem, iMore) and block specific websites from access at all. You can also customize whether to block or allow cookies and page elements from specific sites.
1Blocker is free to download, but it's really more of a trial version. For a $4.99 in-app purchase, you'll be able to unlock the ability to use more than one feature at a time. If your ad-blocking needs are minimal, you'll have a great experience with the free download. But if you're looking at 1Blocker, it's probably because you want the advanced features, like custom rules, a Whitelist extension for Safari, and iCloud syncing so your ad block settings are synced across all your iOS devices.
If you really want to customize your web browsing experience, and like the idea of being able to set up rules for different websites, the full, in-app purchase of 1Blocker is worth it.
- Free with $4.99 in-app purchase Download now
Purify is probably the simplest ad blocker to use. It has additional features, like blocking images, scripts, and custom fonts (which cause page load slowdown), but if all you want to do is block ads and tracking, it's the bees' knees. My favorite feature is the Whitelist button in the Share Sheet. Crystal also has this feature, but I seem to use it more with Purify. When you enable Purify Whitelist in your Share Sheet in Safari, you can tap the Share button while visiting your favorite websites and tap the Purify Actions button to add the site.
Another cool feature with Purify is that you can block the type of additional content that can slow down page loads, like pictures. This can significantly improve your battery life, too.
If you want a simple ad blocker, plus a little help with faster website loading, Purify will (excuse the pun) purify the internet for you.
- $1.99 - Download now
AdBlock is a little different from the other ad blocking apps. It uses your iPhone or iPad's VPN connection to block ads across your entire device, including apps. Whether you're surfing the web using Opera, or playing a free game with advertisement support, everything is blocked when you enable AdBlock. You'll have to allow the VPN configuration on your device for it to work. Don't be frightened by the notification from Apple. Though VPNs make it possible to track everything you do on your iPhone, AdBlock does not send anything to its servers. The VPN configuration is necessary to give access to the program so it can block ads in other apps, like free, ad-supported games.
If you want to block all ads, including ones that pop up in your favorite free-to-play games, AdBlock is going to really make you happy.
- $1.99 - Download now
How do you block ads?
Do you have a favorite ad blocker for iPhone and iPad? Which one do you use and why does it stand out? Let us know in the comments.