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Video ads on mobile games annoying you? There is a way around it

Although there is a catch.

You when you have to watch another ad for Mobile Strike.
You when you have to watch another ad for Mobile Strike.
Image: Shutterstock/Ekaterina_Minaeva

THE MAJORITY OF games you can download on your phone are free for good reason. People are less likely to pay for games, instead opting for free downloads like Clash of Clans which can offer a mixture of ads and in-app purchases.

However, one annoying part of these games are the amount of ads they can serve up. Some are relatively restrained but others can throw up video ads up regularly, requiring you to watch a video which can interrupt the flow of whatever you’re playing.

Save paying for the ability to remove ads, there is a way to stop these from appearing and that’s to turn on Airplane Mode. By disabling your phone connection, it means a game can’t load up ads while you’re playing.

Airplane mode

There is an obvious catch to this. By activating Airplane mode, you can’t receive or make calls or go online. Also, you won’t be able to watch any videos in exchange for in-game currency, extra lives or other offers so keep that in mind.

If you do this on your phone, it’s probably better to do it for short bursts or when you really don’t want to be disturbed by anyone. Using it on a tablet may be a more valid option since most people don’t go for 3G/4G versions but it’s up to you.

Alternatively, you could just pay for the non-ad version if there’s one available, and sometimes you’re better off doing just that. Most of them only cost €1 which is a small price to pay if you’re playing something regularly.

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