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Microsoft Edge picks up Adblock Plus support on Android and iOS [Update]

Microsoft continues to iterate on its Edge browser for Android, with beta testers being first in line for improvements. And with the latest beta release, the company is tackling an area that's sure to be important to everyone: ads.

Updated June 25, 2018: Microsoft has now confirmed that ad blocking is rolling out to everyone on iOS as well.

The Microsoft Edge for Android beta now includes support for ad blocking via Adblock Plus. Built directly into the browser, users can now turn the feature on from within the settings menu. If you've used Adblock Plus on your desktop machine, then you'll know what to expect here, with the feature keeping sites clear of potentially annoying advertisements as you browse.

Though ad blocking is the only new piece of this update, Microsoft is also continuing to test its intelligent visual search and favorites for internal Intune-managed work and school accounts. Here's a look at all of what's new:

  • Content blocking with Adblock Plus is now available under Settings
  • Intelligent visual search gives you a cool new way to find contact info, identify landmarks, or find similar images based on a photo
  • See organization-managed favorites and internal web apps on Intune-managed work and school accounts A better book reading experience including ability to see/add bookmarks and to change text spacing
  • Performance improvements

If you're an Edge beta tester, the latest update is in the process of rolling out now. Do note that we haven't seen it arrive on all of our devices yet, so this appears to be a slow rollout of sorts. Otherwise, expect ad blocking to make its way to the release version relatively soon, should testing go well.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

18 Comments
  • Finally!!!
  • Is it me or is this US only? Just updated and can't find it in settings... Living in Belgium.
  • Can't see it either in Austria.
  • Great addition
  • Hi everyone - how do you join the Edge beta testers group? I am new with this android thing. Still jumping back to my HP X3 quite frequently.
  • Search for Microsoft Edge in the google play store and at the bottom the Edge app page should be an option to become a beta tester
  • Thank you androidkin - found the link. We are in business now!
  • They should have used uBlock Origin instead. It's still something though.
  • Wow. I just turned ad block back on for windows central...talk about a better experience. Pesky ads is right!
  • they have to make their money somehow :(
  • Figure out some other way. I have Ford video ads popping up and they slow the website to a crawl. Well. I did. 👍🏻
  • You mean 90% articles on this site?
  • when are we going to get support for duckduckgo as a search provider choice though
  • B
  • It works really well. You can also turn off the acceptable ads in the settings.
  • I thought Windows Central was against ad blocking. Don't they show that pop-up whenever you visit their site to ask you to disable it for this site?
  • They aren't against ad blocking, it's convoluted to explain but lets just say the writers do not set site policy when it comes to ad blocking.
  • Mobile Nations, you mean.