It’s very annoying to be watching an exciting Netflix series and get interrupted by annoying ads. If you are not a fan of ads, like most people, you must be looking for a good app for blocking them. Blokada helps you do just that.
A free third-party utility application, Blokada blocks pop-ups, ads, and even malware and trackers. It works on most smart TVs, Android systems, and streaming devices – such as Amazon Fire TV Stick, Firestick Lite, Firestick 4K, and Fire TV Cube.
Usually, third-party streaming apps rely on advertisements for revenue; they are inevitable for users. Although some ads can be interesting, frequent pop-ups diminish the user experience. Nobody wants to be closing pop-ups appearing in the middle of your screen while you’re immersed in a good movie.
There is also always the risk of malicious ads containing malware and trackers, posing a threat to your data and potentially harming your device. Blokada provides additional security to your device along with interruption-free streaming.
Being an open-source program means that its source code is open for all, allowing you to ensure the safety of the program before using it. It is available to download for free at Blokada.org.
A common misconception prevalent among the users of Firestick is that annoying ads cannot be removed or blocked. There are two methods that can successfully be employed to stop, remove or block ads and popups. The first one is by installing a third-party app and the second one is to change the DNS.
Changing the DNS is not all that easy – it’s better left for those with more experience. The best alternative, however, is to install a third-party app. All you have to do is install a credible adblocker app such as Blokada and you’ll be done with the annoying ads.
As Blokada is a third-party app, it is not available on the Amazon Store. You will need to sideload it onto Firestick. This can be done using two methods, including installing the app with the help of either the Downloader app or ES file Explorer Application. Here we’ll discuss the Downloader app installation, as it is handier for users.
The process is quite simple, you just need to follow the following steps:
First of all, you must have the Downloader app from the Amazon Store. This app will allow you to sideload Blokada. In case you already have the app, jump to the next steps.
You have, so far, successfully downloaded and installed the Blokada app. But you will need to go through some quick and easy steps to get started.
Accessing Blokada on Firestick sometimes can prove to be a bit difficult whether you are a newbie or have been using it for some time. If you are finding it difficult to locate the app you just installed, follow these simple steps:
Test the app by using some app that shows a lot of ads. You will see the magic. Then return to the Blokada app and now you will now see the number of ads blocked by the app.
Although the default settings are quite good, you can further customize your settings according to your specific requirements and can specifically block websites that Blokada might have missed. Similarly, you can unblock a website in case you want its ads to appear on your screen.
To set up the Ad settings, you need to follow the following steps.
Similarly, if you want to allow access to some websites, scroll down the Allowed Hosts list. The domains you add to this list will be allowed to show their ads on your screen.
Blokada comes with quite a few interesting features besides being a Firestick adblocker. Here are some of them.
Although Blokada does a good job of removing and blocking threatening ads and popups from your screen, you still need some additional security. Your online activities are never completely secure. Your online presence is visible to your Internet Service Provider, government, and hackers. Data visible to hackers are always at the risk of being stolen and misused.
Moreover, the government or your ISP can easily trace your streaming activities. While using free apps for watching movies, it is better to connect to a secure Firestick VPN in order to protect your privacy. Blokada works beautifully with ExpressVPN, and we highly recommend you download it.
Here’s how you can install it on your Firestick.
While watching movies for free seems fun, unnecessary ads can completely ruin the experience. An app like Blokada is a great tool to fight those nasty ads. All you have to do is follow this guide to block ads on Firestick and better your entertainment experience.