[APP][ROOT/NONROOT][OFFICIAL] AdAway v6.0.3

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zgfg

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I can't because it has profanity in it, it will get removed. But I added the link in format like this:


Just add "u" in place of asterisk.
This is not a proper format for a hosts source file - compare the screenshot (when browser opens your link against the screenshot in my previous post when it opens a proper hosts source file)

Instead of eg (in your file):
#@##ad-frame

It should look like (as in the proper hosts sources files):
0.0.0.0 ad-frame

or:
127.0.0.1 ad-frame

AdAway does not find any properly formatted domain to block in 'your' file
 

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This is not a proper format for a hosts source file - compare the screenshot (when browser opens your link against the screenshot in my previous post when it opens a proper hosts source file)

Instead of eg (in your file):
#@##ad-frame

It should look like (as in the proper hosts sources files):
0.0.0.0 ad-frame

or:
127.0.0.1 ad-frame

AdAway does not find any properly formatted domain to block in 'your' file
Ok, thanks for clarification. Could you recommend some good lists that for example you yourself use?
 

zgfg

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Ok, thanks for clarification. Could you recommend some good lists that for example you yourself use?
On the Energized Protection site:

you can find various packs (different sizes/number of blocked domains and different types of domains to be blocked - ads, malware, stats, porn, social media, etc)

For AdAway take a link to the Hosts Raw format
 
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Hello. I have a private dns adguard set up. When turned on, adaway shows no connection to the private dns network. Is it related to my use of adaway?
 
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Używam adAway w trybie root, więc nie mogę dalej komentować

Ale sprawdź Google Issue Tracker, #141674015, może być powiązany:
Myślę, że masz rację, że nie możesz vpn adaway i prywatnego adguarda. Dziękuję za pomoc.

Mod translation: I think you are right not to vpn adaway and private adguard. Thank you for your help.
 
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FYI: Not specific to AdAway.

I have a ludicrously large host file, which I update often. This host blocking blocks every ad... except in two apps!:mad: One of them is very aggressive, with a confirmation box on every action, raising a dialogue for an ad possibility. That app also has a nasty habit of first displaying the confirmation dialogue without an add, then as my finger moves to click the "OK", the ad appears, moving the "OK" button physically down and placing the clickable ad right where I was about to press the OK button! and hence its too late to draw back and I inadvertently click the ad.:poop:

Previously to resolve this issue, I do the whole DNS logging to find the host, check and its not in my current blocked hosts, add it to the next host build, and rebuild, reboot, wait a couple of days, and do the whole process again.

The thing to note with these two specific apps, there is no real reason for them to access the internet. ie not a browser or online app, such as live navigation (in my case one is a simple calculator and the other is a file editor, which I only edit local files with; it probably can edit network files, but thats not my usage).

I tried using a rooted shell to remove the internet permissions (there were two slightly different ways, both worked for other permissions such as "vibrate", but both came back with an error message telling me I could not remove the internet permission (obviously Google protecting their ad revenue), and the network permission does not show up as something that can be allowed or denied in the general "permissions" section of the apps setting.

HOWEVER, in the app settings, on both my daily A11 Bliss ROM and a spare Oreo Havoc ROM, I have a specific setting to turn off network/internet access😁

Screenshot_20221102-205500535.jpg Screenshot_20221102-205508832.jpg

For the first few days/week, it would sometimes randomly show an outline of where an add would be expected, BUT after a week, all the ads are gone on these two apps. I am guessing for the first week it was falling back to a cache, but these have all now expired, and the apps are now ad free! Its been like this for around 3 weeks now, without needing to DNS log and adding new hosts to my blocking.🤟
 
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Can someone please help and tell me how to completely remove and clean AdAway.

I have imported a few other hosts and also added some of my own hosts that is actually amazing as I can block not only intrusive adds but also stop cookie tracking.

The problem I have that some of the hosts have messed up some of my apps that will not load nor work. One example is Google maps. Harsh hosts blocking will make the app slow and unresponsive till you disable the Adaway.

So I want to do a clean install. But every single time I uninstall the app and then reinstall, it automatically imports all of my old host!!
I don't have any backup saved on the phone that I know of.
Can someone please help on how to fully do a clean install

Thanks
 

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Can someone please help and tell me how to completely remove and clean AdAway.

I have imported a few other hosts and also added some of my own hosts that is actually amazing as I can block not only intrusive adds but also stop cookie tracking.

The problem I have that some of the hosts have messed up some of my apps that will not load nor work. One example is Google maps. Harsh hosts blocking will make the app slow and unresponsive till you disable the Adaway.

So I want to do a clean install. But every single time I uninstall the app and then reinstall, it automatically imports all of my old host!!
I don't have any backup saved on the phone that I know of.
Can someone please help on how to fully do a clean install

Thanks
Nothing easier

Go to the Hosts Sources 'page' and disable the ones you don't like.
Make sure that you confirm APPLY CHANGES (wait till it finishes) and REBOOT (always reboot when you make any change - rebooting is not mandatory only if you work in the non-root/vpn mode)

To completely disable AdAway, use the button on the main page and also REBOOT

See the screenshots

---

Why rebooting if using AdAway in the root/hosts mode?

If you have a newer phone, your /system is not writable and you have to use Systemless hosts in Magisk

That means that AdAway does not write directly to /system/etc/hosts file, ie. whatever change you make by AdAway (even if it only updates the hosts sources from Net), that would only take effect on the next reboot, when Magisk will mount the changes from the AdAway's
/data/adb/modules/hosts/system/etc/hosts file to the 'real' /system/etc/hosts file

Even on the older phones where AdAway can write directly to the /system/etc/hosts, you still cannot count that the internal DNS resolver in Android would re-read the hosts file immediately (or soon) upon the AdAway applies its changes

Hence again, without reboot, you don't know if internal DNS resolver uses the newly changed hosts file or it continued to use its buffered copy of the old hosts file, from before the changes were applied by AdAway
 

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Since I updated to 6.0.3 the app regulary stopps. I have to manually push the the adaway button in the middle bottom to restart it. I did not have this issue with the previous version. I let the app autostart and I deactivated the energy savings in the control panel and I cannot keep the app running.
I have Android 12, Miui 13.0.8.0 on a rooted xiaomi 11T with Magisk. The app runs in root modus.
 

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Since I updated to 6.0.3 the app regulary stopps. I have to manually push the the adaway button in the middle bottom to restart it. I did not have this issue with the previous version. I let the app autostart and I deactivated the energy savings in the control panel and I cannot keep the app running.
I have Android 12, Miui 13.0.8.0 on a rooted xiaomi 11T with Magisk. The app runs in root modus.
I've got a similar issue with the non root variant on a Xiaomi Mi 9T since I changed from stock to MIUI 12.5.2 xiaomi.eu (Android 11) Maybe it's something related to Xiaomi devices?
 
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I just found the solution for my problem. I activated systemless hosts-file in the control panel of Magisk manager
Ok, but that's not applicable to the users running AdAway in the non-root/VPN mode (not-rooted phones)

For them, the problem must be in the VPN connection, that sometimes does not survive switching the bearers (mobile data to WiFi or vice versa, or from one WiFi to another)

That problems with VPN have been discussed here in the past. People report that it happens sporadically. AFAIK, there were ticket(s) opened on AdAway GitHub for that VPN problem

---

Case with your phone is completely different. You have the rooted phone and AdAway needs to write to the System etc/hosts file (in VPN mode,AdAway does not mess with the system's hosts file)

However, on your A12, System is NOT WRITABLE, hence AdAway CANNOT make any real change to the system's hosts file.
To make it working you MUST enable Systemless hosts in Magisk

In that case Magisk takes care to dynamically mount the AdAway's 'copy' of the hosts file over the system's hosts file on every reboot (see eg my yesterday's post, to somebody else, describing why in the root mode, with Systemless hosts, he must always REBOOT upon any change, that his changes in eg Hosts sources will be taken to effect)

That is, your whole System, and therefore also the hosts file can never be changed by AdAway (root does not help, read-only restriction is on the file system level)

That's the reason why Magisk provides the so-called systemless rooting: (real/hard) changes are never made on the System files. Instead, on every reboot, Magisk mounts the copies of those files (saved by the corresponding Magisk modules) to /data/adb over the 'real' System files

You disable/uninstall a module, (and reboot) there are will be no more mounting and Android will use the original System file(s) that have never been affected

When you enable Systemless hosts option in Magisk, it actually works as a Magisk module for mounting the changes to the system's hosts file.
Hard changes are never done, Magisk only mounts the copy of the hosts file over the original (never affected) hosts file, on every reboot.
Without the Systemles hosts, Android uses the orinal hosts file and you can not block any site (AdAway will be of no use)

If you upgraded your ROM or you previously had an older phone with an older Android, then your System was read-write and AdAway did not requure Systemles hosts.
Some custom ROMs (although based on the newer Android versions) may also be exceptional - allowing the read-write System (and hence not requiring Systemless rooting, ie Systemless hosts for AdAway)

--

Ie, on the new phones, with AdAway in the root mode, Systemless hosts is not a fix for some sporadic problems with AdAway - it's a MUST to make AdAway working at all
 
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Ok, but that's not applicable to the users running AdAway in the non-root/VPN mode (not-rooted phones)

For them, the problem must be in the VPN connection, that sometimes does not survive switching the bearers (mobile data to WiFi or vice versa, or from one WiFi to another)

That problems with VPN have been discussed here in the past. People report that it happens sporadically. AFAIK, there were ticket(s) opened on AdAway GitHub for that VPN problem

---

Case with your phone is completely different. You have the rooted phone and AdAway needs to write to the System etc/hosts file (in VPN mode,AdAway does not mess with the system's hosts file)

However, on your A12, System is NOT WRITABLE, hence AdAway CANNOT make any real change to the system's hosts file.
To make it working you MUST enable Systemless hosts in Magisk

In that case Magisk takes care to dynamically mount the AdAway's 'copy' of the hosts file over the system's hosts file on every reboot (see eg my yesterday's post, to somebody else, describing why in the root mode, with Systemless hosts, he must always REBOOT upon any change, that his changes in eg Hosts sources will be taken to effect)

That is, your whole System, and therefore also the hosts file can never be changed by AdAway (root does not help, read-only restriction is on the file system level)

That's the reason why Magisk provides the so-called systemless rooting: (real/hard) changes are never made on the System files. Instead, on every reboot, Magisk mounts the copies of those files (saved by the corresponding Magisk modules) to /data/adb over the 'real' System files

You disable/uninstall a module, (and reboot) there are will be no more mounting and Android will use the original System file(s) that have never been affected

When you enable Systemless hosts option in Magisk, it actually works as a Magisk module for mounting the changes to the system's hosts file.
Hard changes are never done, Magisk only mounts the copy of the hosts file over the original (never affected) hosts file, on every reboot.
Without the Systemles hosts, Android uses the orinal hosts file and you can not block any site (AdAway will be of no use)

If you upgraded your ROM or you previously had an older phone with an older Android, then your System was read-write and AdAway did not requure Systemles hosts.
Some custom ROMs (although based on the newer Android versions) may also be exceptional - allowing the read-write System (and hence not requiring Systemless rooting, ie Systemless hosts for AdAway)

--

Ie, on the new phones, with AdAway in the root mode, Systemless hosts is not a fix for some sporadic problems with AdAway - it's a MUST to make AdAway working at all
Much needed information for a lot of users, thanks for that.
Talking about VPN based adblocking:
I tried a lot of Adaway builds (It's the best adblocker for me) and I remember that @PerfectSlayer had some fixes for holding VPN connection in the release notes of Adaway 6.0.3.
Strange thing for me is that this and former versions were working on stock MIUI (A11) but stopped after installing last Xiaomi.eu firmware for my device (MIUI 12.5.2 (A11). It seems to be some kind of setting but until now I couldn't figure out what it is.
The behavior is the same with DNS66, only app that stays alive is Blokada 5.
 

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    Can someone please help and tell me how to completely remove and clean AdAway.

    I have imported a few other hosts and also added some of my own hosts that is actually amazing as I can block not only intrusive adds but also stop cookie tracking.

    The problem I have that some of the hosts have messed up some of my apps that will not load nor work. One example is Google maps. Harsh hosts blocking will make the app slow and unresponsive till you disable the Adaway.

    So I want to do a clean install. But every single time I uninstall the app and then reinstall, it automatically imports all of my old host!!
    I don't have any backup saved on the phone that I know of.
    Can someone please help on how to fully do a clean install

    Thanks
    Nothing easier

    Go to the Hosts Sources 'page' and disable the ones you don't like.
    Make sure that you confirm APPLY CHANGES (wait till it finishes) and REBOOT (always reboot when you make any change - rebooting is not mandatory only if you work in the non-root/vpn mode)

    To completely disable AdAway, use the button on the main page and also REBOOT

    See the screenshots

    ---

    Why rebooting if using AdAway in the root/hosts mode?

    If you have a newer phone, your /system is not writable and you have to use Systemless hosts in Magisk

    That means that AdAway does not write directly to /system/etc/hosts file, ie. whatever change you make by AdAway (even if it only updates the hosts sources from Net), that would only take effect on the next reboot, when Magisk will mount the changes from the AdAway's
    /data/adb/modules/hosts/system/etc/hosts file to the 'real' /system/etc/hosts file

    Even on the older phones where AdAway can write directly to the /system/etc/hosts, you still cannot count that the internal DNS resolver in Android would re-read the hosts file immediately (or soon) upon the AdAway applies its changes

    Hence again, without reboot, you don't know if internal DNS resolver uses the newly changed hosts file or it continued to use its buffered copy of the old hosts file, from before the changes were applied by AdAway
    5
    I just found the solution for my problem. I activated systemless hosts-file in the control panel of Magisk manager
    Ok, but that's not applicable to the users running AdAway in the non-root/VPN mode (not-rooted phones)

    For them, the problem must be in the VPN connection, that sometimes does not survive switching the bearers (mobile data to WiFi or vice versa, or from one WiFi to another)

    That problems with VPN have been discussed here in the past. People report that it happens sporadically. AFAIK, there were ticket(s) opened on AdAway GitHub for that VPN problem

    ---

    Case with your phone is completely different. You have the rooted phone and AdAway needs to write to the System etc/hosts file (in VPN mode,AdAway does not mess with the system's hosts file)

    However, on your A12, System is NOT WRITABLE, hence AdAway CANNOT make any real change to the system's hosts file.
    To make it working you MUST enable Systemless hosts in Magisk

    In that case Magisk takes care to dynamically mount the AdAway's 'copy' of the hosts file over the system's hosts file on every reboot (see eg my yesterday's post, to somebody else, describing why in the root mode, with Systemless hosts, he must always REBOOT upon any change, that his changes in eg Hosts sources will be taken to effect)

    That is, your whole System, and therefore also the hosts file can never be changed by AdAway (root does not help, read-only restriction is on the file system level)

    That's the reason why Magisk provides the so-called systemless rooting: (real/hard) changes are never made on the System files. Instead, on every reboot, Magisk mounts the copies of those files (saved by the corresponding Magisk modules) to /data/adb over the 'real' System files

    You disable/uninstall a module, (and reboot) there are will be no more mounting and Android will use the original System file(s) that have never been affected

    When you enable Systemless hosts option in Magisk, it actually works as a Magisk module for mounting the changes to the system's hosts file.
    Hard changes are never done, Magisk only mounts the copy of the hosts file over the original (never affected) hosts file, on every reboot.
    Without the Systemles hosts, Android uses the orinal hosts file and you can not block any site (AdAway will be of no use)

    If you upgraded your ROM or you previously had an older phone with an older Android, then your System was read-write and AdAway did not requure Systemles hosts.
    Some custom ROMs (although based on the newer Android versions) may also be exceptional - allowing the read-write System (and hence not requiring Systemless rooting, ie Systemless hosts for AdAway)

    --

    Ie, on the new phones, with AdAway in the root mode, Systemless hosts is not a fix for some sporadic problems with AdAway - it's a MUST to make AdAway working at all
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    Rebooting after disabling AdAway does the trick. Is reboot also necessary after adding something to the whitelist? Thanks.
    Of course. I'm sure I posted here two times about in the last couple of days
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    I've been using Adaway for many years. Now on my Pixel 7 if I enable Systemless hosts my device will freeze and will be unusable.

    Is there anyway to fix this? Adaway is the best adblocker but I can't use it.
    That is an issue with OnePlus (OPPO) and Magisk.

    If you are using a custom rom, you might be able to write directly to the hosts file.
    I know you are not suppose to be able to but, some will.

    ---

    You can switch to AdAway VPN (rootless) mode.
    It does not require systemless hosts to be enabled.
    Currently you can only run one VPN on Android so, if you are using another VPN.. 🙁

    I use VPN mode on a few devices for different reasons even though they are rooted with Magisk. ;)

    Cheers. :cowboy:
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    I can not get 6.0.3 to recognize host file from this link
    When i add link it ask to apply i press apply. But nothing applies.
    That link results in a bin file attempting to download, iirc the link needs to go to the text version of the list.
    https://block.energized.pro/blu/formats/hosts.txt is the correct link
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    AdAway

    AdAway is an open source ad blocker for Android using the hosts file.


    Google Play Store notice

    According the Google Play Developer Policy, especially the "Device and Network Abuse" section, ad blocker like AdAway violates the "Apps that block or interfere with another app displaying ads." rule and can't be distributed on distributed on the Play Store.
    As Free and Open Source Software, AdAway is available from F-Droid Store or this XDA thread :good:


    Requirements

    This application requires Android 8 or above and does no more require root.

    For older Android versions, a rooted device is required.


    Changelog

    If you don't want to read each announce post of this thread, you can:


    Downloads

    Stable versions are available on GitHub releases and F-Droid Store:
    Beta versions are available on GitHub releases only: AdAway 6.0.2b

    The app provides an in-app updater for both GitHub and F-Droid builds.
    Keep in mind beta channel is limited to GitHub builds, and F-Droid releases usually have a several days latency.


    Problem? Read this

    * If you use Chrome and still see ads on web pages, remember to disable the "data saver" or "reduced data usage" browser option.
    * Check your APN settings for any proxy, the proxy itself could be allowing ads. Disable the proxy.
    * After you install or make any change to AdAway, you must reboot for those changes to take effect.
    * If you are still having issues please read and understand all the info in the wiki before asking for help here.

    Otherwise, this is the right thread to discuss about it or file a bug report here.


    Contributors

    PerfectSlayer, Vankog, jawz101
    Source Code: https://github.com/AdAway/AdAway
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    Hi all,

    A new year is coming and I wish you all to have nice holidays :victory:

    Just few words about this ending year. There was about 12 releases in 2019 which brings you a new UI, a lot of bug fixes, Android 10 support, Gist and GitLab hosting support and better Magisk support.
    All of this is possible thanks to the community to help users to discover the app, learn how to use it and report any new bug and also your moral, nice words and thanks you can send to me, and financial support.
    Thanks a lot for all donators, GitHub sponsor and the Pixel 2 you sent me to test Android 10 support.

    For the next year, I hope to release the next version (V5), at least in beta to start. It's been 9 months since its first lines of code and things are working quite nicely.
    It aims to make the app simpler to use for the main use cases, support rooted and non rooted devices and remove old hacks/workaround which are no more needed on recent setups.

    But before this big next update, I still have time to fix current issue with a new release :p

    Changelog:
    • Fix GitLab hosting support (commit date parsing failed)
    • Translation update

    Thanks:

    Special thanks to @gallegonovato for its helpful bug report and @Vankog for translation update.

    Download:

    AdAway 4.3.2 on AndroidFileHost (md5: 78fde09a0e92044c45e901bb1cec8e2e)
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    Hi all,

    Long time no see! It's been more than two months since the last update.
    I can't say I was not active on the project as I start working on a new version (5.x.y) as a side project.
    I won't share the source code yet as it is not ready at all and I don't want to give an ETA but this new version targets the following goals:
    • 1. Revamp the UI
    • 2. Clean up old support
    • 3. Address one of the main drawback of the app

    1. The card based UI does not feel right. Welcome card takes too much space, update button / status has a lot of critic. I guess I can do better.
    I started a new simpler and lighter design which provide the most useful information on home screen and all main actions to trigger in one tap (no more burger menu).
    It is still under heavy development but I hopefully get a friend onboard, specialized in graphics and design, to help me :highfive:

    2. In order to simplify the development, I clean up the app and remove support for old features.
    I bump target SDK version so I finally get Java 8 language feature (it was released 5y ago…) and move to topjohnwu root library (instead of home made one). It means systemless support is now handled by Magisk and other root solutions will still work.

    3. Think of what prevent most of users to use AdAway? Now it's gone!
    It's not gone forever. It's still here but there will be a fallback to workaround it.
    I won't tell more until the first public beta but I guess you get the point :fingers-crossed:

    In the meanwhile, here is a new version!

    Feedback:

    Is anyone using a hosts list hosted on Gitlab? It keeps showing "Unknown update status".
    GitLab, like GitHub do not set LastModified HTTP header so update status is not supported... yet!

    Changelog:
    • Add Gist and GitLab hosting support for hosts file
    • Add option to set default IPv6 redirection
    • Improve reboot command
    • Improve UI for overlays
    • Update translations

    Thanks:

    Special thanks to @MSF Jarvis and ralayax for theirs contributions and @andy356 for its helpful bug report.

    Download:

    AdAway 4.2.5 on AndroidFileHost (md5: ab81225745afaaa7646024109de299c0)
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    Hi all,

    Feedback:

    Hmm, not working for me for this URL, v4.1.0 shows something like not updated in -360 days (some large negative value). Can you please see if you can reproduce?
    https://raw.githubusercontent.com/StevenBlack/hosts/master/alternates/fakenews-gambling-porn/hosts
    It works well here. I failed to reproduce as I change the HTTP client library and how I use it.
    But update date for the source you link definitely works now.

    All the F-Droid apps I know of have manual push updates to the store.

    Isn't automatic build basically for nightlies?
    Not really. You could choose a lot of different mode.
    For example, F-Droid server watches AdAway GitHub repository to find tags which match a specific versioning pattern.

    I exist still... do you know what i have to do to transfer ownership? if i edit project it doesn't let me change the primary author so i assume i have to PM some higher up to make this happen?
    Thank you so much! :highfive:

    This is now done, @PerfectSlayer is the OP of this thread.
    Thank you too!


    Changelog:
    • Add hosts source download cache
    • Add snackbar notification to update host from DNS request listing
    • Update UI from Material Design to Material Theming
    • Update gradle, plugins and dependencies
    • Fix crash parsing not defined host source last modified date
    • Fix native modules build script (required for F-Droid build server)
    • Fix Transifex issues

    Thanks:

    Special thanks to all recent donators! Your help is really appreciated :good:

    Download:

    AdAway 4.2.0 on AndroidFileHost (md5: 023169e7c345ef7297095793024f8478)
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    Hi all,

    I talked enough about it the past weeks and here it is: the first beta for the next version of AdAway.
    As you know, the main feature is the removal of root requirement but it also comes with a lot of improvements like an easier to use UI, a builtin updater, new cache and databases to improve reliability or even a quick pause/resume adblocking button that 3rd party apps can control.

    It took me literally a year and 330+ commits to build it (the first commit of this branch was April the 7th) and I hope it will be worth it.
    It should allow the app to be viable in the future with root being more and more difficult to achieve at each new Android release and Google hardening SafetyNet checks.

    I will try to answer to the most expected questions here so you still can post a link to this FAQ later to lost users.

    FAQ:

    Does this version replace the v4.x versions?
    No. This is still a preview version and does not replace the stable one.
    It is available to test it and report issues and feedback before being promoted to stable.

    Can I upgrade and revert safely?
    Yes. Both v4 and v5 use the same settings export format.

    Why does this version targets Android 8+ Oreo only?
    Like the v4, v5 is expected to offer support for latest devices.
    Android 8 and above represent more than 60% of device distribution and will grew through time.
    If you use an older device, root solutions work very well and v4 is here for you (like v2 and v3 stayed for legacy devices).

    How the hell does it work without root?
    This version provides two adblocking methods: the usual root one using hosts file and a new one using local VPN.
    The VPN solution allows to filter and alter connections of your devices without root access.

    Is using a VPN safe?
    In the case of AdAway, yes. It uses VPN API but does not connect to a VPN server.
    In the case of VPN client app, it depends.
    To give you more details, a VPN client app uses the VPN API to create a virtual network interface on your device and redirect all your traffic into it.
    If you imaginge the VPN like a pipe (the right word is tunnel), client VPN app outputs all your traffic on a VPN server which is able to check what you are doing on the Internet.
    With AdAway, your network is not redirected to a VPN server but your device internet connection (same as no VPN). VPN API is only used to get traffic into it to break the connections to ad servers.

    Is VPN use battery?
    Yes, like everything you do on device.
    Witouth root, a VPN service will be running permanently to filter your traffic.
    Good news is it will only filter DNS traffic. Not all traffic is redirected into it so it won't be as expensive as you can fear.

    Did you come up with this idea alone?
    Absolutely not! I spent a lot of hours trying to find altenatives to hosts based adblocking (like routes or private DNS). But nothing was better than VPN based adblocking.
    So we (MrRobinson and I) approched Julian Klode, developer of DNS66 more than three years ago to see if we can merge our apps. It wasn't that easy as we don't develop our apps the same way so I ended up by integrating the DNS66 adblocking method into AdAway. It is fine for Julian, his app is Open Source and he himself built it from the core code of AdBuster app (an VPN based adblocking app).

    Should we stop using DNS66 for AdAway?
    Not at all. DNS66 is a great app and provides some features that AdAway doesn't have (yet?), like DNS settings.
    DNS66 is a great app, keep using it if you like it!
    If both apps used the same adblocking method a year ago when I start this version, I keep adding feature to the VPN adblocking method and most of them won't be in DNS66.
    If Julian ports them back to DNS66, it's great if it can help his app and users!

    Is it me or the app put on weight?
    Yes, the app significantly grew due to new libraries like VPN related ones and Android Jetpack.
    It also stores more data on device: a http cache, a host database, a hosts copy, etc...
    I think 15~20mo of storage is still fine.

    Changelog:

    Without further ado, check the summarized changelog (it was hard to summarize a one year development)

    • Add new home screen
      • Provides all main controls from one screen
      • Displays currently blocked, allowed and redirected domains
      • Displays current hosts sources status and control to force apply
    • Add non root ad-blocking feature
      • Uses a builtin local VPN to filter DNS request to blocked domains
      • Based on the work of dns66 by julian-klode
      • Allows to excluded system applications and per user applications
    • Add builtin updater with changelog display
    • Add feature to quickly pause and resume ad-blocking
    • Add wizard screen for first run setup
    • Add feature to display and filter all blocked, allowed, redirect domains
    • Improve preferences screen
    • Add broadcast receiver to control ad-blocking from third party applications
    • Update Android target to Android 10
    • Improve root and shell support
    • Split translation files to easier understand their context
    • Add GitHub action test and build tasks

    Download:

    AdAway 5.0.0 beta (sha2: 200fd7789b174735d3af5925b4e568b09475bb3f39a79d24d6617af4b19cd19d)

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