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Set up the Free Ad Blocker

This free service stops ads, malware and tracking from ever getting to your phone or computer. It takes less than 2 minutes to set up! Please try it, and let us know how it works for you!

Blocking works across any browser you’re using on your phone or your computer, and the same service works across your phone and laptop, but right now it’s still specific to the wifi or wired network you’re on only, not across all connections. That means you will see ads again on your phone if you’re on the cellular network vs wifi, or switch wifi networks. We’re currently working on apps that make setup easier and more seamless, but give it a try and let us know your experiences.

If you already know about DNS just use two of the following two IPs, depending where you live (other countries coming soon), otherwise read further.

Eastern USA or UK: 52.21.12.14 52.21.31.70

Western USA: 52.52.46.55 52.52.46.59

Here’s how to turn it on for: a) Mac OS X b) iPhone or iPad c) Windows 10 d) Android (Samsung Galaxy) e) Home Routers (e.g. Eero, Linksys, Asus) f) Hotel, plane and other wifi locations

NOTE: Right now this service is only for people in the US and UK. It should also help block ads on other devices and apps, like ‘smart’ TVs, but we have not tested it for those devices yet, so if you have good or bad results please leave us feedback. Our approach works great on many outside networks like hotels or public wifi but sometimes it will not. Also, if you ever want to switch back to a non-blocking DNS, you can type in 8.8.8.8/8.8.4.4 in the same places to switch to Google DNS, but they like ads and tracking a lot so expect to get a lot of that then.

Mac OS X:

1. Go to “System Preferences” in Apple Menu 2. Select “Network” 3. Click “Advanced” 4. Go to DNS tab and hit + to add above two numbers 5. Make sure they’re first two in the list (when you want to disable temporarily just drag them below other entries). 6. Click “Save” and then “Apply” on the next screen

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iPhone or iPad:

On wifi networks for now: 1. Go to “Settings”, find the name of current network you’re using (you’ll have to do this for each wifi network you want to block ads on, for now) and click little (i) next to it

2. Go to the DNS line, and replace whatever is there with the appropriate numbers above separated by a comma e.g. 52.21.12.14,52.21.31.70 (east) or 52.52.46.55,52.52.46.59 (west)

3. Click top left to go back to wifi list, you can then leave the Settings app.

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Step 3 and 4:

Windows 10:

Here’s how to turn it on manually on your Window’s Wifi Network.

1. Press the START button and search for and select “Network and Sharing Center”

2. Choose “Change adapter settings” on the left hand menu.

3. Find the Wifi network you are using and Right Click and Choose Properties. Your computer may have named this network after the chip you have (e.g., Intel) or the word Wireless or Wifi.

4. Find Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and select Properties.

5. In the bottom half of the dialog, change to “Use the following DNS server addresses” and place our server IP addresses there. You can choose to “Validate settings upon exit.”

6. You’re all set!

Android Samsung Galaxy:

1. Go to Settings

2. Choose Wifi

3. Select the network you prefer

4. Choose to “Edit” the settings

5. Under IP settings, change from “DHCP” to “Static”

6. Enter in our server IP addresses under DNS 1 and DNS 2.

7. Connect!

Hotel, plane and other wifi locations

Gogo and other services like hotel wifi providers reroute the initial authentication through their gateway. But the only way it knows to go to, say, “signup.gogoinflight.com” or “hiltonwifi.com” is because the DNS is theirs. When we change it, it loses the ability to route accordingly. You can simply authenticate, get connected, and THEN, change the settings. Or if you have your laptop set up with our DNS, delete the settings temporarily so it uses the wifi provider’s service AT FIRST to get connected, and then you can make the switch. We’ve tried this with several providers with good success, but please send us feedback about what you’re seeing in particular, even if it doesn’t work.

Please send us feedback if you encounter any issues. We take privacy very seriously, and we believe DNS gives us far less information about users than alternative approaches. We have summarized this here, please read it and let us know if you have any questions or feedback about it!

Also note, this product is completely free, but we also encourage you to consider donating funds to publishers using the subscription product we built.

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