I'm looking for an Android app with the following features:

  1. Does not require root
  2. Acts as a global ad-blocker, preferably with user-defined lists (similar to AdAway, but without requiring root) - Can use local VPN.
  3. Runs on KitKat devices

NetGuard meets all of these requirements, except the last one.

Prefer gratis and open-source, but open to all answers.

Unlike this related question, no firewall functionality is needed.

  • Did you ever get an answer for this?
    – Mawg
    Commented Oct 5, 2018 at 8:37
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    @Mawg Unfortunately, not yet. Commented Oct 5, 2018 at 17:28
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    I figured, as you would have posted if you did :-)
    – Mawg
    Commented Oct 6, 2018 at 8:45

2 Answers 2


I’m not sure how well it works, but there is a version of Adblock Plus that existed for Android. It is fairly outdated, so it should run on KitKat. It works only on WiFi without root. It is no longer linked to on their website, but here it is: https://downloads.adblockplus.org/adblockplusandroid-1.3.apk


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    Thanks for your answer. I had seen that, and was thinking about taking a look. I didn't realize it only works on WiFi (without root). That sort of disqualifies it, but thank you for mentioning that important detail. Commented Jun 6, 2018 at 0:58

Here’s another option. I haven’t tried it, but it’s open source. It appears that while the current version doesn’t support KitKat, and older version that’s still available does.


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