Magic Adblock, for iPad or iPhone, is a free ad blocking app that can eliminate ads from your iOS browsing experience. For teachers in the classroom, this can be a great way to reduce distractions and help reduce confusion online. However, blocking ads is just one of the things it does to protect your online privacy. So, here’s how it works and how you can take advantage of an ad blocking app on your iPads at home or at school.
Why Use an Ad Blocking App for iPads and iPhones?
Ad blockers have been around for a long time on desktop machines, but they have only recently been made available for iOS users. Why should you use one? The developers of these apps tout many advantages for the end user. They include:
- A cleaner online browsing experience
- The elimination of tracking and malware scripts
- Faster browsing (because you are not waiting for ads to load)
- Less cellular data usage
- Better battery life
- Blocking adult websites
What You Need to Know Before You Install the App
From the outset, you should know that ad blockers only work on iOS devices that are running iOS 9 and later. So, make sure your iPad software is up to date before trying to use any kind of ad blocking apps, (Settings > General > Software Update).
You should also know that ad blocking apps only work in Safari because this is all that Apple has allowed. If you use Chrome for iPad or another application that has ads built-in, then apps like Magic Adblock for iPad will have no effect. However, if you do a lot of web browsing or research in Safari, then you can absolutely take advantage of ad blocking software.
How to Set Up an Ad Blocking App on the iPad & iPhone
- Open your Settings app
- Scroll down and tap on Safari
- On the right-hand side of the screen, tap on Content Blockers
- Toggle the switch next to Magic Adblock for iPad to make it green
- Return to Safari and test it on a website of your choice
What To Do If Webpages Don’t Load Properly
It doesn’t happen very often, but occasionally you will come across a website that doesn’t render very well when you have Magic Adblock installed. However, there is a very quick fix for this. All you have to do is press and hold on the refresh arrow in the address bar of Safari. This lets you choose to reload the current page without your ad blocker. This won’t turn off ad blocking in your Settings, but it will temporarily disable it so that you can view this specific website with all ads enabled.
Are Ad Blockers Legal?
Legal? Yes. Ethical? It depends on who you talk to. The majority of the Internet that we all know and love is really only accessible for free because of the revenue that is generated by online ads. If everyone used an ad blocker on all their devices, and at all times, then it is almost certain that we would have to pay for a lot more of the web than we might want to. Companies like Google make a lot of their revenue from selling ads online. Many other companies do too. If this concerns you, there is the option in the Settings of Magic Adblock for iPad to whitelist sites that you still want to show ads on. This is a good way you can support the sites that you appreciate the most.
Why Should You Use Magic Adblock for iPad?
I have been using Magic for a while now and have been impressed by how well it performs. It loads sites very quickly and blocks a very high percentage of online ads. It gives websites a cleaner format that makes them easier to read, and there are far less distractions or unsuitable content displayed on the screen when using iPads with students. Best of all, Magic is 100% free! There are no in-app purchases.
There are, of course, a variety of other ad blocking apps for iOS available in the App Store. Crystal is a decent alternative. I used it for a while when it first came out. It costs you 99c and has very much the same feature set as Magic. However, I have found Magic was far more reliable. Crystal did not block as many ads for me, and some sites like Amazon did not always load when it was enabled in Safari.
1Blocker is another app you could consider. It is free, with the option of an in-app purchase, and differs from Magic because it has a much more granular approach. It gives you greater control over what you block and what you don’t. For many people this app may be more than you need, but if you want this level of control, then this could be the app for you. For everyone else, Magic Adblock for iPad will do just fine!