Use This Trick to Disable Ads in Mobile Games

Ben Stegner 27-12-2016

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 (though some may be targeted ads Why Targeted Ads Are a Serious Threat to Your Privacy Heard about targeted advertising but not so bothered about them? Here's why targeted ads are dangerous and bad for your privacy. Read More ), but still interrupt your gameplay and waste screen space. They can also use dark patterns to trick you What Are Dark Patterns? 6 Ways Your Brain Is Being Tricked You have no idea what dark patterns are, but websites do. Here's how dark patterns manipulate your actions online. Read More into clicking on something you didn’t mean to.

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 20 Best Offline Games on Android That Don't Need Internet These best offline games for Android are from all genres, including strategy, puzzle, racing, and more. No internet required. 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 How to Block Popup Ads on Android Seeing annoying popups on your phone? Here's how to stop popup ads on your Android phone browser, apps, and notification shade. Read More 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.

We’ll probably never stop seeing ads and in-app purchases Why You'll Never Stop Seeing Ads & IAPs in Mobile Apps Advertisements and in-app purchases in mobile apps and games can be really annoying. Unfortunately, they won't be going away any time soon. Here's why. Read More in mobile games, but at least we have some ways to temporarily get around them.


Sick of games loaded with ads and in-app purchases? Check out free mobile games with no ads The 10 Best Free Mobile Games With NO Ads or In-App Purchases Here's our pick of the best mobile games with no ads or in-app purchases, all of which are available on Android and/or iPhone. Read More at all, great free-to-play games that are truly free No Hidden Cost: 7 Free-To-Play Games That Are Actually Free Mobile gaming has a problem. You download a game, you start playing, but you hit a paywall. These games don't have that problem at all. Read More  or fun mobile games with one-time purchases 7 Great Mobile Games With One-Time Purchases If you hate seeing ads and neverending IAPs, here are some great mobile games which offer one-time purchases. Read More .

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  1. Felix
    June 19, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Turn on airplane mode? Why didn't I think about that ealier *palmface* maybe because said mode blocks incoming calls? Just turning off your mobile data/wifi and the magic is done. Anyway you seriously called this a pro tip 🙄 more like a basic tip that anyone who has enough sense to figure out ads requiring internet wouldn't bother to read.

  2. Chris Baker
    July 15, 2018 at 4:27 am

    I have paid to remove ads from games. I dont think a devolper is being unreasonable to ask for a few dollars to get rid of ads in his game. I dont mind spending the money if I get ad free games. I hate when I pay money for ad free and I still get ads.

    • David
      July 23, 2019 at 11:29 pm


  3. Captain Obvious
    June 8, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    That's a great idea. If I don't want my phone to function as a phone.

    • Ben Stegner
      June 8, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      If you're playing games on it and don't want to see ads for that time, I guess you're not really worried about using it as a phone during then?

  4. 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.

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

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

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

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

  7. 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.

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

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.