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Ads are a necessary evil in today’s world. They allow many websites and services to earn money while still providing content for free. Mobile phone users are certainly used to advertisements, as they’re found in nearly every free app and game.

Most ads inside games aren’t malicious (review how to weed out Android pop-up ads Which Android App Is Displaying Popup Ads? Which Android App Is Displaying Popup Ads? Do you have ads popping up on your Android device? Figure out how to get rid of them for good. Read More if you have a severe issue), but still interrupt your gameplay and waste screen space.

There’s a bit of a trick to playing your favorite offline games without ads. Since advertisements are dynamically loaded and require an internet connection to function, simply put your phone in airplane mode to remove ads in games. Of course, this won’t work unless the game is playable offline Connection Not Required: 10 Great Android Games To Play Offline Connection Not Required: 10 Great Android Games To Play Offline Some of them are new, some are classics, and a few are games you may not have even heard of -- but you can play them all without a data or Wi-Fi connection. Read More . Most popular games, like Clash of Clans, require a connection to even start the game.

Thus, this tactic works best if you play less-popular puzzle or platformer games. It’s worth a try with any game, though your results may vary. As a bonus, your battery won’t drain as quickly when doing this, as ads suck battery to load and a network connection uses battery life, too.

It’s worth noting that many games offer an ad-free version for just a few dollars. If you spend a lot of time with a game, $2 or $3 is a small price to never see ads again. Consider doing this to support the developers of games you really enjoy.

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Have you paid to remove ads from your favorite games? Will you try this method to dodge ads in offline games? Let us know how you feel about games using ads down in the comments!

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  1. Trish
    March 21, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    The princess games my daughter has from libligames have obtrusive ads even after we paid... she's 3. Pisses me off.

  2. Mike
    March 21, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Another clickbait article! Ooh! Airplane mode what does that do? I didnt know that!

  3. Steven Milley
    March 20, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    This doesn't actually work anymore. Offline ads are a thing now.

  4. Phil N
    January 9, 2017 at 4:49 am

    So the devs don't get paid for their hard work?

    • Ben Stegner
      January 9, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      If you only ever played games using this trick, yes. This is intended for games that don't allow you to pay to remove ads, as I'd hope that people who enjoy a game would pay $2 or so to remove the ads and support the developer.

  5. A dude
    January 8, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Just install pi-hole on the newtwork.... really, a beautiful thing...

  6. Amarnath
    December 28, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    you can just turn off the internet and play

    • Ben Stegner
      December 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      That's what turning on Airplane Mode does :)

      • Ganesh Sonawane
        March 21, 2017 at 4:12 am

        But only turning off data allows taking calls as supposed to airplane mode.

  7. Lazza
    December 27, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I'm quite surprised you didn't even mention setting up AlternateDNS on your home router as a possible alternative. :) Or, for rooted phones, installing AdAway.

    • Moin
      March 21, 2017 at 6:38 am

      You stole my thoughts.