Blocking advertisements and trackers is controversial as they are the primary source of revenue for much of the Internet, but it is an excellent way to protect your privacy, secure your browsing habits, and speed up page load times. Blocking ads on desktop browsers and recently on iOS devices is relatively straightforward, but blocking ads on Android typically requires configuring a local VPN, rooting your device, or installing an obscure “ad-blocking” browser. I recommend using the trusted and popular Firefox to block ads easily on Android without root access.
Most Android devices ship with Chrome as their default browser. While many have hopes that Chrome will eventually support extensions on mobile, it is not in Google’s best interest to allow for another huge platform for ad revenue to be cut into by ad blockers. Firefox on mobile, however, allows for add-ons to be installed just like the desktop version.