Installation

System requirements

OS version: Android 5.0 or higher.

RAM: at least 2 GB.

Free disk space: 120 Mbytes.

Installation

Most Android-based apps are distributed via Google Play Market; 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 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.

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

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:

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

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

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.

Then you'll need to choose between a Quick and Thorough set-ups.

The first one will ask you to enable local VPN which is required for AdGuard to function.

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:

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

Next is Annoyances: cookie notifications, support windows etc:

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

Same for security (warnings about dangerous websites):

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

The last step is to enable local VPN:

The AdGuard application installation is complete.

Uninstalling/Reinstalling Аdguard

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.

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