There is one similarity between Hulu Plus, YouTube, and Pandora, which you might not be aware of. That similarity is the ‘Ads’. All three platforms may have excellent content, but users can’t watch that content seamlessly, as there are advertisements to interrupt after every few minutes.
Seeing a few advertisements in between a show is understandable, as that’s how they are going to make money, but sometimes, it feels like if the content is being shown in between advertisements, or to phrase it in another way, advertisements seem like the top priority of the networks.
There is no good reason to keep seeing those advertisements because, after a few, those advertisements begin to annoy us instead of imparting any knowledge. You can avoid the advertisements by using an ad blocker. But, this can only be made possible if the device you are using is jailbroken.
If you are using Apple iPhone, then it is not going to be easy to jailbreak it. There aren’t too many reliable ad blockers available in the Apple App Store. Many third-party web browsers block ads, but there is no ad-block available to block the advertisements in apps directly.
An application named ‘Weblock for iOS’ can be used to block unwanted online content in the form of banner ads, popups, statistics, user-tracking and more.
Along with these, you can use the app to block many other services like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and other social media sites in order to safeguard all your personal information. Moreover, it will be possible for you to block advertisements in many other apps like Hulu Plus, Pandora, and YouTube.
How to block ads in iOS 7 through Weblock?
Once the app has been downloaded and installed from the app store, you will see certain ad servers being automatically blocked. You can view this from AdServers and Generic AdServers.
But, advertisements will not be blocked yet, so you will need to tap ‘three-line menu’, which you can locate at the top-left corner of the screen. Once you’ve tapped that menu, select ‘Setup’ in order to see the information regarding opening up of the settings and entering a proxy URL. This info will be used by Weblock to find a different route for any advertisement request through ‘dummy’ proxy.
Go to ‘Settings’, then ‘Wi-Fi’ and after that, ‘Select your Wi-Fi network’. Now, you need to select the option that says ‘Set HTTP Proxy to Auto’. Now, you will have to paste the link followed by restarting your smartphone.
Blocking advertisements on Hulu Plus & Pandora:
If you want to block advertisements in your Hulu Plus and Pandora app, then tap ‘Block Hulu ads’ and ‘Block Pandora Ads’. Make sure to check boxes given corresponding to both options. Once you have checked the boxes, restart both apps and your iPhone.
On Hulu Plus, you will see a black loading screen instead of advertisements. You can skip it if you want, and for that, tap and select the screen that follows advertisements in order to skip.
If you see the ads being frozen, then there may be some bugs present in the ad blocker that you have installed in Hulu Plus. In that case, you will have to force-close the app followed by opening it again after a few seconds.
How to block ads in YouTube app
In order to block YouTube ads, there is an option given in the app, but you can’t enable it. Most users have reported issues while enabling the option to block ads, but the ads were instead blocked by using ‘Weblock’.