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AdAway Logo.png
AdAway 5.12.0.jpg
AdAway 5.12.0 homescreen on Android 11
Original author(s)Dominik Schürmann[1]
Developer(s)mrRobinson (former); PerfectSlayer (current)
Stable release
6.0.3 / July 26, 2022; 2 months ago (2022-07-26)[2]
Operating systemAndroid 8 or later
Size13.5 MB
LicenseGPLv3[3] Edit this on Wikidata

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


It was started in June 2011 by Dominik Schürmann but is now maintained by other developers.[6] In 2013, it was removed from the Google Play store along with other ad blocking apps.[7]


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 in the actual version 5.10.0 either root access (because the hosts file is in the system partition)[8] or the use of DNS, which is provided by AdAway itself.


  1. ^ "About - Dominik Schürmann".
  2. ^ "Releases · AdAway/AdAway". Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  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. ^ "About - Dominik Schürmann"
  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. ^ 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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