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AdAway 4.3.5 homescreen on Android 10.png
AdAway 4.3.5 homescreen on Android 10
Original author(s)Dominik Schürmann[1]
Developer(s)mrRobinson (former); PerfectSlayer (current)
Stable release
5.5.0 / March 17, 2021; 3 months ago (2021-03-17)[2]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Operating systemAndroid 8 or later
Size11.8 MB

AdAway is a free and open-source ad-blocking application for the Android mobile operating system.[4][5]


It was started by Dominik Schürmann of Sufficiently Secure but has since been forked.[6] In 2013, it was removed from the Google Play store along with other ad blocking apps.[7] It is currently available on F-Droid.[8]


AdAway blocks ads using hosts files from various locations and combines them automatically. The user is able to whitelist or blacklist additional domains, or add a new hosts file altogether. There is an option to log DNS requests to help whitelisting or blacklisting.[5] AdAway requires root access because the hosts file is in the system partition.[9]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 20, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Releases · AdAway/AdAway". Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  3. ^ "AdAway is an open source ad blocker for Android using the hosts file. : AdAway/AdAway". January 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Stick it to Google with AdAway". HowardForums. September 23, 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Official AdAway Website". AdAway. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  6. ^ "Sufficiently Secure"
  7. ^ Velazco, Chris (March 13, 2013). "Google Pulls Ad-Blocking Apps From Play Store For Violating Developer Distribution Agreement". TechCrunch. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "AdAway on F-Droid". F-Droid. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  9. ^ Boricha, Mehul (February 26, 2018). "16 Best Android Apps Not on Google Play Store of 2018". Tech Arrival. Retrieved April 1, 2018.

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