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How to Block Ads on Snapchat

Published by Cale Byers on

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Configure your wifi’s DNS settings to use these servers, run by Adguard:

  • 176.103.130.130
  • 176.103.130.131

For Android

Not all Android phones let you modify your DNS. If you can, it'll be under the network settings, and you'll configure for the network you're currently using. There are other firewall apps worth exploring, such as NoRoot Firewall.

For iOS

Settings > Wifi > Catnet_Linfield (or other name) > Configure DNS > Manual > Add Server > (paste Servers above)

On Snapchat, ads are downloaded from snap-ads.snapchat.com, but app.snapchat.com is used for messaging. Since they're different, the ads are easily blocked, while letting you still communicate.

With Domain Name Server filtering, certain domains are blacklisted, preventing any connections. This can block advertisements on most apps or websites. Since Snapchat uses multiple domains, blocking ads won’t block your messages. But some apps, like YouTube, will send everything through the same domain, and Adguard can't do anything in that case.

You may read a more detailed post about DNS blocking on my personal blog.