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Thread: Ad blocking Apps removed from Google Play

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    Ad blocking Apps removed from Google Play

    Hello,

    I ran across this story on Android Police this morning. Breaking: Google Has Begun Purging Ad-Blocking Apps From The Play Store

    The question I have is can I copy my installed applications and reinstall them at a later time? I use AdAway and have it directed to block spam and known sites which contain harmful scripts and the such. I hate to loose this function as it is a means of shielding the device from bad sites.
    Thank you,

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    Re: Ad blocking Apps removed from Google Play

    There are many apps, like Carbon, that will do that.
    Also, just because the PlayStore dropped them doesn't mean you can't find them at Amazon or the apps' own websites.
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    To answer your question, yes, you can copy the APK file and side load it in the future.
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    DaleNet ROMs Section - Fully Stock Roms and Rooted Stock ROMs for many different regions.


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    BTW, Dan, we were wondering the other day if Titanium Backup can restore without root. I recently came across Ultimate Backup, whose free version is supposed to be able to restore without root. Unlike what a top review says, the free version (so far) can indeed restore.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...pp.managerfree

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    Re: Ad blocking Apps removed from Google Play

    Carbon supposedly will as well...
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    It really is a scandal, especially considering that a hosts file does much more than just ad blocking.
    I just came across this discussion as well
    Adblock Plus for Android removed from Google Play store - Wilders Security Forums

    AdAway updates to the hosts file seem to continue just fine here.

    Yes, Titanium, App Backup and Restore will bring them back so long as you hold on to your backups and have them backed up again on a PC and/or external drives. I don't recall if TB needs root. App Backup and Restore does not need root and works absolutely great. Not as feature rich, but most needs are met including multiple versions of apps.
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    For those so inclined here is an open source alternative to the play store

    https://f-droid.org/FDroid.apk
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    Quote Originally Posted by schoongp View Post
    For those so inclined here is an open source alternative to the play store

    https://f-droid.org/FDroid.apk

    Or, you can just browse the available apps on your PC here... grab the .apk and sideload.
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