iOS 9 has been released, and one of its most appreciated features is content blocking. Developers have been quick to release a number of different ad blockers, and one of the most prominent is 1Blocker. 1Blocker lets you customize your blocking for ads, trackers, social media widgets, adult sites, cookies, URLs, page elements, web fonts and more.
1Blocker is free to download but the free version only lets you use one category of blocks, so you'll need to buy the in-app purchase of unlimited blockers for $2.99 to get the most out of the app.
I installed the 1Blocker ad blocker on my iPhone 6 Plus, and so far it's been doing a very good job for me while I browse the web in Safari. I think it's easily worth the $2.99 that it cost me.
How to install and enable the 1Blocker ad blocker in iOS 9
Here's how you can install and enable the 1Blocker ad blocker in iOS 9:
1. Download the 1Blocker app from the app store on your iOS device.
2. Open the Settings app.
3. Tap on Safari.
4. Scroll down and tap on Content blockers.
5. Tap the 1Blocker button to enable 1Blocker in Safari.
6. Open the 1Blocker app and tap the big white button to enable your blockers.
And that's all you need to do to enable the 1Blocker ad blocker in Safari. But remember that 1Blocker offers some powerful customization options that you'll want to explore too.
How to customize the 1Blocker ad blocker in iOS 9
Here's how you can configure the 1Blocker ad blocker in iOS 9:
1. Open the 1Blocker app on your iOS device.
2. Tap on the Customize link at the bottom right of the app.
3. Scroll down to see the list of blocking options and tap on the ones you want to enable.
You can choose to block ads, trackers, social sharing widgets, custom web fonts, disqus comments, adult sites, URLs, bookies, page elements, and you can even add custom packages via the 1blocker.com site. Take your time and look carefully at each option.
If you want to customize a blocking category such as Trackers, tap on it and you'll see a list of what it blocks. You can then toggle the blocking switches on or off with a tap if you see anything you want to change in 1Blocker.
1Blocker's weakness: No ability to whitelist sites
As good as it is, 1Blocker has a major weakness. You cannot whitelist sites right now, and that's a real shame. I make it a point to whitelist sites I really like and who are responsible in the ads that they display. I want the sites I enjoy to earn revenue so they can keep producing the content I read, so a whitelist is a must-have for any ad blocker.
However, right now I'm giving 1Blocker a temporary pass on the whitelist issue since it was just released. The 1Blocker developer has stated on Twitter that whitelisting is coming to the app soon, so I'm willing to be patient and let him get it done.
The sooner the 1Blocker ad blocking app has whitelisting, the better though because supporting good sites via whitelisting is important to me. Hopefully we'll see an update to 1Blocker that includes whitelisting soon.