I use Firefox and uBlock on my PC to save CPU time and data. Is there a similar way to get faster browsing in Android? I prefer not to use Adblock Plus.

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    What reason do you have for not wanting to use Adblock Plus?
    – Jordy19
    Feb 9, 2015 at 10:54

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Firefox Mobile supports add-ons! Including but not limited to: uBlock Origin. So install Firefox and add uBlock. Should run just like your desktop. Problem solved!

Fun bonus: Firefox Mobile's user agent string causes some funny stuff I've noticed (check Amazon.com). You can get an add-on to fix that, too, though! Just add "AppleWebKit/9999" to the user agent string and suddenly websites are prettier :3


AdBlock does not make your browsing faster. It simply blocks ads. Maybe it does, but that's probably insignificant.

If you want to improve browsing speed, try Opera Max - Data manager.

Opera Max is a free, data-savings and data-management app that extends your data plan. With Opera Max, you can easily manage your data by monitoring daily data usage and limit data-hogging apps to Wi-Fi only. Opera Max also provides data savings by compressing videos, photos, media and more on almost all of your favorite apps and websites - without any noticeable loss of quality. Data overage fees are a thing of the past with Opera Max!

You can also try Opera's Off-Road feature (different from Opera Max).

Save time and money On a slow connection? Or, need to control your Android phone or tablet’s data use? Switch to Off-Road mode in Opera to save data and browse faster.

Or if you already have the Chrome Browser installed, enable Reduce Data Usage in its settings.

Save Data - reduce mobile data usage by up to 50% while browsing


If you have a rooted device. I suggest installing Ad Away


The free and open-source web browser, Brave logo Brave contains built-in ad and tracker blocking. Google Play Store page

Brave blocks unwanted content by default and keeps count. Popular sites often host multiple ads and as many as 70 trackers per site.

Browse confidently with default settings that block phishing, malware, and malvertising. Also, plugins, which have proven to be a security risk, are disabled by default.

Other browsers with built-in ad blockers:

Firefox Focus

The new Firefox Focus automatically blocks a wide range of online trackers — from the moment you launch it to the second you leave it.
AUTOMATIC PRIVACY - Blocks a wide range of common Web trackers without any settings to set.
BROWSE FASTER - By removing trackers and ads, Web pages may require less data and load faster


There is a fast browser that block ads called "uc browser" you should download the latest version from google play because this feature is only found in the newset version


Android Ad block from browsers and app as well

Block all ads by replacing hosts file. Easiest way to block ads :) No app or proxy required.


  1. Root required
  2. Install android emulator or use file browser to replace the hosts file
  3. Replace the hosts file from the repo (https://github.com/SangramChavan/Android-Ad-block) to the existing hosts file present in /etc/hosts

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