Ads are just a fact of life in mobile apps. You can't completely avoid them, but there are some ad implementations that are so annoying that Google has explicitly disallowed them from the Play Store. Remember Airpush? The current advertising scourge is ad-infused lock screens, which have shown up in previously safe apps like ES File Explorer, Peel, and Hotspot Shield VPN. Google has finally listened to our pleading, and lock screen ads are no longer allowed in the Play Store.Technically, the new policy is a bit more nuanced than "no ads on the lock screen." Here's the new section on Google's developer monetization page.Lockscreen MonetizationUnless the exclusive purpose of the app is that of a lockscreen, apps may not introduce ads or features that monetize the locked display of a device.So, an app that bills itself as a photo editor, VPN, or file explorer cannot also cram a new lock screen on your device that's infested with ads. However, an app that is actually a lock screen can still monetize with ads. Presumably, you know what you're getting when you install a lock screen app.
Ads are just a fact of life in mobile apps. You can't completely avoid them, but there are some ad implementations that are so annoying that Google has explicitly disallowed them from the Play Store. Remember Airpush? The current advertising scourge is ad-infused lock screens, which have shown up in previously safe apps like ES File Explorer, Peel, and Hotspot Shield VPN. Google has finally listened to our pleading, and lock screen ads are no longer allowed in the Play Store.
Technically, the new policy is a bit more nuanced than "no ads on the lock screen." Here's the new section on Google's developer monetization page.
Lockscreen MonetizationUnless the exclusive purpose of the app is that of a lockscreen, apps may not introduce ads or features that monetize the locked display of a device.
Unless the exclusive purpose of the app is that of a lockscreen, apps may not introduce ads or features that monetize the locked display of a device.
So, an app that bills itself as a photo editor, VPN, or file explorer cannot also cram a new lock screen on your device that's infested with ads. However, an app that is actually a lock screen can still monetize with ads. Presumably, you know what you're getting when you install a lock screen app.
Ads are just a fact of life in mobile apps. You can't completely avoid them
I don't see any ads on my phone.
I use NoRootFirewall [google.com] to block most applications from accessing the internet.Those that do need internet access, I use rules to block the most common ad domains.
Not seen a advert for quite a while.
And the cat and mouse game continues.
I've had several apps that would update to a new version, still with no permissions for the internet, that suddenly have ads. I noticed that these apps would balloon in size from a megabyte or two to 20 to 30. They were essentially full of pre-downloaded ads. Sneaky bastards got a wee nod, then deletion.
As Wootery says below, you also have to stop using shitty apps.
Which include, pretty much all "free to play" games.
Ads are just a fact of life in mobile apps.
Only if you don't know what you are doing.
Install F-Droid (https://f-droid.org/en/) which itself has lots of apps with no ads at all, then install Blokada (https://f-droid.org/packages/org.blokada.alarm/) from the F-Droid store.
Suddenly you see almost zero ads. Blokada has blocked 54,926 ads on my phone since I installed it (it reports how much it has blocked).
Go even further and install Firefox mobile then add Ublock Origin to Firefox mobile and you can block a whole bunch more, such as all the F'ing dick bars (https://daringfireball.net/linked/2011/03/06/dickbar) that have begun infesting so many web pages recently.
There's another solution: stop using a million different spammy apps.
I use very few apps. Audible, Spotify, and a few others. There's no need for a huge arsenal of apps, especially not from untrustworthy vendors. When possible, just use the web to get the job done.
Another browser that so far is working pretty good is Brave browser ( This one is at Aptoide ) [aptoide.com]
Many of us end up spending hundreds of dollars to purge our machine of the results of an ignorantly clicked spot.
No wonder all this shit happens.
Now, I have been told that Brave hijacks copyrighted content and is unethical to use. I hold that forcing people to interact with ads, while hiding behind "hold harmless" clauses for things like insertions of Cryptolockers and their ilk, is also unethical, as is ramming megabytes of unwanted data down my pipe.
When advertisers get too obnoxious, like a noisy party next door, there comes a time when something has to be done, and I can't simply "call the cops" on obnoxious ad content, but I can search out and install blocking technologies that others more knowledgeable than I have been able to make to counter these knothead coders.
Just checked through my running apps, not a single ad, and that's on canola iOS. Built in ones don't have ads (including the safari pages I have open - bbc, hackernews, sn, trekbbs, work jira). No ads on Spotify, or the two games (which I bought). The only one that comes close is google maps.
If I want an app, I will buy it (Catan, TTR, SkyView). If it's free, they make their money from me buying their services (ihg, virgin Atlantic, slack, IRCCloud, Spotify) or selling me to others (google maps).
Nope, didn't realise it existed. I go to specific websites for news (typically bbc for day-to-day, and buy magazines like economist for more in depth)
Advertisers pay about 50p to destroy your browsing experience. I'd rather pay. Same with TV. Ads cost me more than the site gets from selling my eyeballs.
^ same here, I just don't download garbageware that wants to spew ads / invade my privacy. Browser works great for most everything, and F-droid has a lot of good open source apps with sane permission requests!
Ads is just part of why using apps is bad for you. Another thing to worry about is them tracking you and building an evermore accurate profile of all things you. This data will be used to price everything you buy in the future, not just your insurance but your groceries, your fuel, your medical services, probably even your funeral one day.
Think about your privacy.
"We have narrowed the parameters of this profile""Excellent, what are the new findings""We are not 95% sure he is one of these 10 gender-types!"
We show that easily accessible digital records of behavior, Facebook Likes, can be used to automatically and accurately predict a range of highly sensitive personal attributes including: sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious and political views, personality traits, intelligence, happiness, use of addictive substances, parental separation, age, and gender.
-- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3625324/ [nih.gov]
This study compares the accuracy of human and computer-based personality judgments, using a sample of 86,220 volunteers who completed a 100-item personality questionnaire. We show that (i) computer predictions based on a generic digital footprint (Facebook Likes) are more accurate (r = 0.56) than those made by the participants’ Facebook friends using a personality questionnaire (r = 0.49); (ii) computer models show higher interjudge agreement; and (iii) computer personality judgments have higher external validity when predicting life outcomes such as substance use, political attitudes, and physical health; for some outcomes, they even outperform the self-rated personality scores.
-- http://www.pnas.org/content/112/4/1036 [pnas.org]
After having solved all other problems, google pulls the plug on lock screen ads.
That OS is a security hazard and runs java. And it is closed-source.
 You cannot compile and install it onto the phone which makes it freedom-hating closed-source spyware. Take nobody's word. Check for yourself.