Why doesn't AdBlock work as well on mobile devices?

If you're familiar with our desktop extensions, you know that AdBlock typically works well to block ads, pop-ups, and other annoying distractions in your browser. Using the magic of filter lists, AdBlock desktop browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge are powerful tools that allow you to focus on the content you actually want to see (without being bombarded by intrusive ads).


While we wish we could say the same of all of our AdBlock for mobile apps, we regularly find ourselves limited by the constraints within each mobile OS ecosystem or browser. Many mobile browsers and OS providers limit ad blocking functionality in a variety of ways, some going so far as to exclude it entirely; the mobile Chrome browser, for instance, doesn't allow for ad blocking extensions. And more recently, changes made to the way ads are displayed on YouTube prevents us from blocking YouTube ads on mobile devices entirely.


In a nutshell, our mobile apps may not work quite as well as some of our other products, such as our browser extensions. You should still be able to block most annoying ads within the mobile browser, but you may run into more unblocked ads than you're used to. If you think you're running into issues or need any help troubleshooting, please reach out to our support team for assistance. We're here for you and happy to help! 

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