1. anon(9132077)'s Avatar
    So I have downloaded 'Crystal', one of the most popular, well-rated ad-blocker apps on the App Store. I have activated it in Safari's settings as I've been instructed to do so by the app... Yet, I have seen zero difference in ads popping up while surfing the mobile web.

    Did I miss something?
    09-18-2015 08:36 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I'm not familiar with the app and I do not use any ad-blocking apps so I don't know if you've missed something or not. Hopefully, someone who's familiar with that app will respond soon...
    09-18-2015 08:51 PM
  3. Scatabrain's Avatar
    Try force quitting Safari and then visit a site you know has lots of ads. I see a difference on CNN, Yahoo, iMore - all the major sires etc.
    09-18-2015 08:56 PM
  4. anon(9132077)'s Avatar
    Tried that- this is CNN: Ad-Blockers-imoreappimg_20150918_185736.jpg
    09-18-2015 08:57 PM
  5. anon(9132077)'s Avatar
    And here is IMore: Ad-Blockers-imoreappimg_20150918_185841.jpg
    09-18-2015 08:58 PM
  6. Scatabrain's Avatar
    How about your setting for background apps? I read somewhere it has to be on.
    09-18-2015 09:01 PM
  7. anon(9132077)'s Avatar
    What are you referring to? Background App Refresh?
    09-18-2015 09:03 PM
  8. Scatabrain's Avatar
    Is your blacklist version > 0?
    The FAQ on the 3rd tab has info about this.
    09-18-2015 09:05 PM
  9. Scatabrain's Avatar
    What are you referring to? Background App Refresh?
    I'm looking for the blurb on that.
    It's about allowing Background apps in settings. I thought I read somewhere the blockers couldn't run if you had this off.
    09-18-2015 09:06 PM
  10. Scatabrain's Avatar
    Found it in FAQ - it has to do with allowing Crystal blacklist to update. You can get around it by opening the crystal app manually from time to time. If your blacklist version is 0 see the other item in FAQ.

    My blocklist version is not automatically updating?

    The blocklist auto-update feature relies on Background Fetch being turned on in the main Settings app, and Crystal is not force quit through the multitasking launcher.
    If you would like to update the blocklist manually, you can do this by opening the Crystal app. Every time it launches, it automatically checks and updates to the latest blocklist.
    09-18-2015 09:10 PM
  11. anon(9132077)'s Avatar
    Thanks for your help and research... But mine shows block list 6?
    09-18-2015 09:19 PM
  12. Scatabrain's Avatar
    Thanks for your help and research... But mine shows block list 6?
    Yup that's the latest.
    09-18-2015 09:20 PM
  13. anon(9132077)'s Avatar
    Actually opening the app must've done something... Went to the same sites again and ads are gone....
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    09-18-2015 09:21 PM
  14. Scatabrain's Avatar
    Actually opening the app must've done something... Went to the same sites again and ads are gone....
    I noticed that it sometimes takes an extra load after turning the blocker on. Cache or something.

    Cheers.
    09-18-2015 09:25 PM
  15. anon(9132077)'s Avatar
    I noticed that it sometimes takes an extra load after turning the blocker on. Cache or something.

    Cheers.
    Thanks again!
    09-18-2015 09:28 PM
  16. robertk328's Avatar
    Found it in FAQ - it has to do with allowing Crystal blacklist to update. You can get around it by opening the crystal app manually from time to time. If your blacklist version is 0 see the other item in FAQ.
    Actually opening the app must've done something... Went to the same sites again and ads are gone....
    Opening the app did it for me. I searched here to see some tips and saw the info above. I had purchased the app and enabled in settings but never opened it. Once I did the ads disappeared!

    Here's a before and after. The only difference is opening Crystal and going back to Safari and refreshing the page.

    Before:
    Ad-Blockers-imageuploadedbytapatalk1442772539.995580.jpg

    After:
    Ad-Blockers-imageuploadedbytapatalk1442772559.354192.jpg
    09-20-2015 02:09 PM
  17. Miska Hietala's Avatar
    Some people got it working by resetting the phone.
    09-20-2015 02:17 PM
  18. anon(9132077)'s Avatar
    Yeah I got it to work, thanks guys. It's almost not worth it. I don't want to have to open the app constantly to refresh it and reload web pages just to hide one on a page. I would like it if it was a setting to be automatic... I'm probably just going to delete it
    09-20-2015 02:31 PM
  19. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    And here is IMore: Click image for larger version. 

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    You're not showing ads on iMore. Those are articles.
    09-20-2015 03:00 PM
  20. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Yeah I got it to work, thanks guys. It's almost not worth it. I don't want to have to open the app constantly to refresh it and reload web pages just to hide one on a page. I would like it if it was a setting to be automatic... I'm probably just going to delete it
    It'll be in your purchased list then. If they update with improvements, you have it.
    09-20-2015 03:02 PM
  21. robertk328's Avatar
    You're not showing ads on iMore. Those are articles.
    Why are they writing articles about McRib?
    09-20-2015 03:25 PM
  22. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Why are they writing articles about McRib?
    That's the only one. A small one at the bottom. My point was to show a different part of the iMore site where more ads are located.
    09-20-2015 03:51 PM
  23. Septembersrain's Avatar
    I'm using Purify. It worked right away. Seems really good and has eliminated ads from every single site I've visited.
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    09-20-2015 06:01 PM
  24. muchospanish's Avatar
    Crystal stopped working for me today. I started using Purify, which works very well. (I whitelisted iMore.com.)
    09-20-2015 08:15 PM
  25. igorsky's Avatar
    I just checked and Crystal is working fine. Possibly the best $0.99 I've ever spent in the App Store.

    I'm on ad blockers for good until publishers change the way ads are displayed on their sites. I'd be happy to switch Crystal off when advertisements stop being hostile towards my web experience.
    09-21-2015 11:34 AM
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