AdBlockers for iOS

Since iOS 9, iOS has supported Ad and Content blocking in Safari.  There are many choices and this may be confusing to people just coming to the platform and who aren’t familiar with the topic.

Here are my top 3 picks with a brief summary of each service.

1: AdGuard for iOS (Frequently updated, latest filters, bleeding edge, free):

AdGuard is well known for making powerful extensions for Chrome, FireFox and Safari.  They also make powerful network level blocking solutions for Windows, OS X, and Android.  On iOS they offer powerful content blocking for Safari.  They issue frequent app and filter updates.  They are always on the bleeding edge and they are 100% free.  The only con I can think of for AdGuard is they do offer some pretty advanced options that are easy to mess up for the novice user.  They also don’t support automatic updating.  The end user needs to manually launch the AdGuard app for iOS to initiate a filter update.  They seem to issue filter updates daily.

2: 1Blocker for iOS (Easy to use, INSANELY fast, lots of power features):

1Blocker for iOS.  1Blocker is easy to use, insanely fast, and has a lot of power features that definitely are not for the faint of heart.  1Blocker offers the ability to block custom fonts and all images which can speed up browsing in situations where bandwidth is precious and limited.  1Blocker is free to install, but requires an in-app purchase to enable multiple filter sets simultaneously.

3: Purify Blocker for iOS (Simple, insanely easy to use, just turn it on and it works):

Purify blocker for iOS.  Finally, there’s Purify.  This is by far the most simple AdBlocker to use.  Some ads and trackers may slip through the cracks, but if you’re the kind of person who just wants to turn it on and it works, this is the solution for you.

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