How to remove and block ads on your Echo
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How to remove ads on your Echo
We will see in this tutorial how to remove ads from your Echo. If the process may seem complicated at first, you will see it’s finally quite simple once you know how to do it.
First we will see how to remove advertisements, or any type of ads, natively on your Echo using the ‘hosts’ file.
Then we will address the specific case of applications like ‘Adblock Plus’ allowing you to remove and delete ads on your Echo. Finally, we will conclude on cleaning your Echo with applications like ‘Ccleaner’ or simply by doing a factory reset on your Echo.
Remove ads with your hosts file on your Echo
The advantage of this method is that it allows you to get rid of advertisements on the internet, applications and any other program of your Echo. The ‘hosts’ file of your Echo makes it possible to translate domain names into IP addresses.
So, when an ad loads, it calls the domain name of the ad host.
Your new ‘hosts’ file simply tells your Echo not to load this domain name.
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Advertising is no longer displayed on your Echo! You can download a ‘hosts’ file containing the ads block settings from MVPS host file. The easiest way to do it is to download it first on your computer.
Then, to block the ads on your Echo, simply copy it to the file “/system/etc/hosts.txt” or “/etc/hosts.txt” of your smartphone.
This transfer can be done via a simple USB cable from your computer.
Restart your Echo and you are there: ads have been blocked!
Removing ads with a third-party application on your Echo
Some applications such as ‘Adblock Plus’, ‘AdAway’, or ‘Adblocker’ for surfing on the internet, allow you to get rid of advertisements on your Echo. If you’re looking for ‘Adblock’, ‘ABP’ or ‘Ad Blocker’ in the Play Store of your Echo, you will usually find only web browsers that do not allow you to block ads in applications or some of the most famous browsers.
Indeed, advertising companies are pulling a great share of their profit from mobile advertising, and so they tend not to push such blockers on your Play Store.
So you have to manually install such an ad blocker on your Echo. Here’s how to do it below.
Prepare your Echo to install an advertising blocker
By default, your Echo does not allow you to install applications outside the Google Play Store.
However, you can configure it to install your ad blocker.
To do so, simply click on ‘Settings’ on the main screen of your Echo. Then go to the ‘Security’ submenu. Then, you will need to check ‘Unknown Sources’ to allow your Echo to install an application outside your Play Store.
Once validated, you can go to the second step below.
Install the ad blocker on your Echo
To install the ad blocker, simply go to your favorite search engine with your web browser from your Echo. Once there, you will be able to type ‘smartphone ad blocker’, and you will have access to a large choice of applications and download links.
You will then have to download an ‘apk’ file, corresponding to the application you want to install. We invite you to read carefully the elements on each of the download pages.
The previous step have allowed you to install ‘apk’ files on your Echo. Simply go to the folder where the file was downloaded and follow the instructions.
Once the steps have been validated, you will normally have blocked and removed advertisements on your Echo.
Clean up your Echo to avoid malware and intrusive ads
In many cases, intrusive advertisements on your Echo come from pieces of malware installed on your phone.
These software modules can be included in games or any other applications.
We advise you to use an application to clean your Echo, such as ‘Ccleaner’ or by typing ‘remove malware’ in the Play Store search bar of your Echo. Check the notation and comments of these applications before installing them. We do not detail in this tutorial the operation of each of these applications, but you will probably be able to use your Echo more freely once this cleaning done.
The last, more brutal solution is to reboot with the factory settings of your Echo. Called ‘factory reset’ or ‘hard reset’, this will allow you to get rid of any malicious software installed on your phone.
Please refer to our ‘Factory Restart’ section for safe operation.
In particular, you will have to make a backup of your data or if you do not want to lose all your personal data with this factory restart.
We hope that this tutorial about removing advertisements on your Echo has allowed you to block intrusive ads.