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OS version: Android 5.0 or higher.

RAM: at least 2 GB.

Free disk space: 120 MB.


Most Android-based apps are distributed via Google Play; however, AdGuard is not presented there, because Google prohibits distribution of network-level ad blockers via Google Play, i.e. apps that block commercials in other apps. You will find more information about Google restrictive policy in our blog.

That’s why you can only install AdGuard for Android manually. To use the app on your mobile device, you will need to do the following.

First of all, allow installing apps from unknown sources in your device’s OS settings. For this you will need to:

  • For Android 8+: start downloading AdGuard apk (see the next step), you'll be prompted to allow permission. Tap Settings in the opened window and enable Allow from this source switch. Then resume the installation.
  • For Android 6 and 7: open Settings, then select Additional settings in System & Device. Switch on Unknown sources and press OK in the system warning window.

Installing apps from unknown sources *mobile

  • For Android 5: open Settings, then select Security in the Personal section. Switch on Unknown sources and press OK in the system warning window.

Installing apps from unknown sources *mobile

You can now install the app on your device. Start the browser and type in the following URL: https://adguard.com/apk, or scan this QR code:

QR code *mobile

You will see the request to save the downloaded file. Press OK.

Save the file *mobile

When the download is complete, the system will ask you if you want to install the AdGuard app. Press Install.

Installation *mobile_border

You will then be asked to read the License agreement and AdGuard's Privacy Policy. You can also participate in product development. To do this, you should check boxes Send automatic crash reports and Send technical and interaction data. Tap Accept after that.

Privacy Policy *mobile_border

Then you'll need to choose between a Quick and Thorough setups.

Setups *mobile_border

The latter starts a first launch sequence to configure the app to suit your needs. First, you'll be asked whether you want to enable search ads:

Search ads *mobile_border

The next step is to block or keep social widgets (e.g. "Like" buttons):

Social widgets *mobile_border

Next is Annoyances: cookie notifications, support windows etc.:

Annoyances *mobile_border

You don't have to choose anything on this screen: just take note of the information on how to watch YouTube videos without ads:

YouTube *mobile_border

Up next is privacy settings. Choose a desirable protection level:

Privacy settings *mobile_border

On the next screen, select whether you want to get notifications about dangerous websites:

Security *mobile_border

The next step is rather important. It's about HTTPS filtering, and we recommend turning it on for the best ad-blocking quality:

HTTPS filtering *mobile_border

The last step is to enable local VPN:

Local VPN *mobile_border

The AdGuard app installation is complete.

Uninstalling/Reinstalling AdGuard

If you need to reinstall AdGuard on your mobile device, first delete it by opening Settings and choosing Installed Apps (Android 6), Apps (Android 5 and 7) or Apps & notifications (Android 8+). Find AdGuard in the list of installed apps and press Uninstall.

Reinstall AdGuard *mobile_border

To reinstall the app, repeat the actions described in the Installation section.