[APP][6.0+] NetGuard - No-root firewall

What are you mainly using NetGuard for?

  • Reducing data usage

    Votes: 414 30.8%
  • Saving battery

    Votes: 291 21.6%
  • Increasing privacy

    Votes: 717 53.3%
  • Blocking ads

    Votes: 876 65.1%

  • Total voters
    1,345

jawz101

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How does the private dns work? Is it if I configure private DNS in regular Android, disable Internet filtering in NetGuard, then it just automatically routes through Android Private DNS but still gives me the ability to restrict per app network usage?

That may be the perfect setup. If I use NextDNS as my Android Private DNS provider I could use the Play Store version of NetGuard and still get ad blocking.
 

M66B

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How does the private dns work? Is it if I configure private DNS in regular Android, disable Internet filtering in NetGuard, then it just automatically routes through Android Private DNS but still gives me the ability to restrict per app network usage?

That may be the perfect setup. If I use NextDNS as my Android Private DNS provider I could use the Play Store version of NetGuard and still get ad blocking.
Yes, this is possible with the latest version.
 

jawz101

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Yes, this is possible with the latest version.
Thanks. It sounded like that's how it would work.

You may make an pop-up when you check the Internet filtering which says "Internet filtering overrides Android Private DNS.". That may make it easy to notice the change.
 

M66B

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Thanks. It sounded like that's how it would work.

You may make an pop-up when you check the Internet filtering which says "Internet filtering overrides Android Private DNS.". That may make it easy to notice the change.
Let's first see if this works properly.
 

svendsvin

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Oct 21, 2013
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Please make sure you install the GitHub version. Ad blocking, etc is not available in the Play store version.
It's GitHub version. I never used Play Store.
Edit: I restored a GitHub version but apparently that's not good enough. I downloaded the GitHub version again and installed and now everything is back.
 
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LoveWins

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Feb 25, 2021
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Hello, Supporting user here, been using NetGuard for over a year and it's a perfect tool for controlling network access and filtering ads.

Something I've been noticing, when Filter Traffic is enabled, my Google Voice notifications seem to be delayed quite a bit, sometimes for 30 minutes for example. If I have a incoming message pending, I'll disable Filter Traffic and Voice will then immediately show the notification.

The filter is a necessity for ad blocking but I don't like the fact that my notifications are delayed. Is three a workaround for this issue?
 

M66B

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Hello, Supporting user here, been using NetGuard for over a year and it's a perfect tool for controlling network access and filtering ads.

Something I've been noticing, when Filter Traffic is enabled, my Google Voice notifications seem to be delayed quite a bit, sometimes for 30 minutes for example. If I have a incoming message pending, I'll disable Filter Traffic and Voice will then immediately show the notification.

The filter is a necessity for ad blocking but I don't like the fact that my notifications are delayed. Is three a workaround for this issue?
Please make sure Google Play services isn't blocked, also not by an entry in the hosts file.
 

M66B

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I've confirmed Google Play services is not blocked. I download the hosts file from https://netguard.me/hosts and have not modified it in any way. I assume that file does not have it blocked. Could it be anything else?
The hosts file is not managed by me:


Try to disable ad blocking.
 

halilb1978

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@M66B Can you share your settings as an exported file here? For the ones who use stock rom ( no root). We just need push notifications,updates and sync work. I guess many people do not know what to block safely, must block or must not block things. Or it will be nice to see your block list as screen shots. Thank you.
 

DrummerMuppet

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@M66B Can you share your settings as an exported file here? For the ones who use stock rom ( no root). We just need push notifications,updates and sync work. I guess many people do not know what to block safely, must block or must not block things. Or it will be nice to see your block list as screen shots. Thank you.
As a rule of thumb: avoid blocking system apps unless you know what you're doing.
 
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M66B

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@M66B Can you share your settings as an exported file here? For the ones who use stock rom ( no root). We just need push notifications,updates and sync work. I guess many people do not know what to block safely, must block or must not block things. Or it will be nice to see your block list as screen shots. Thank you.
Which apps I use is personal.
 
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halilb1978

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Which apps I use is personal.
I only use google playstore, framework and services. All other google apps,options are removed,disabled,blocked. Everthing works fine. I blocked many apps and service packs on Netguard. 318 allowed and 107 blocked on Netguard. Traffic filter on. I wanted to learn what more i can block safely from system services. Try and learn???
 

LoveWins

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Feb 25, 2021
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The hosts file is not managed by me:


Try to disable ad blocking.
I think that was my original inquiry if I'm understanding NetGuard options correctly, "Filter Traffic" is ad blocking?
When Filter Traffic is disabled notifications are instantaneous, with Filter Traffic enabled, notifications are delayed.

Hope I'm explaining this correctly.
 

DrummerMuppet

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Trying to learn more :)
I only use google playstore, framework and services. All other google apps,options are removed,disabled,blocked. Everthing works fine. (...) I wanted to learn what more i can block safely from system services. Try and learn???
There's nothing wrong with wanting to learn how stuff works. That's perfectly fine. You can start by checking the FAQ section to know what can be blocked and what should be left alone (there are at least 3 FAQs that address this in one way or another.)

You could also just block things at random / everything, see what breaks and then undo whatever you did to get things working again. "Try and learn" as you said, that's a completely valid strategy too.

We can't tell you exactly what to block because we don't know how you use your phone, what your goal is (is it more privacy? Experimentation? Reduce data usage?), nor which apps you have installed on it.
 

halilb1978

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There's nothing wrong with wanting to learn how stuff works. That's perfectly fine. You can start by checking the FAQ section to know what can be blocked and what should be left alone (there are at least 3 FAQs that address this in one way or another.)

You could also just block things at random / everything, see what breaks and then undo whatever you did to get things working again. "Try and learn" as you said, that's a completely valid strategy too.

We can't tell you exactly what to block because we don't know how you use your phone, what your goal is (is it more privacy? Experimentation? Reduce data usage?), nor which apps you have installed on it.
I do not use lot apps. I only need notifications and updates work. Telegram,Signal,Outlook,Excell,Twitter,Bixby Routines,Newpipe,Netguard,Samsung İnternet Browser,Duckduckgo,F-droid,Proton Vpn, Torrent Client,Google Play Store,Galaxy Store. If theses notifications and updates work stabil, i do not need more. I want to have more battery time.i even deleted my facebook,instagram and whatsapp accounts after their privacy update.