I’ve recently installed Blokada on my dad’s phone and I opted for Blokada 4 over Blokada 5 because I wanted to export my custom block (and allow) rules, and Blokada 5 STILL won’t allow you to add domains to the custom block/allow list manually (as opposed to by selecting them on the “activity” log), or even export your settings so you can carry them to a different device (I’m told “use cloud backup” is supposed to do that, but it doesn’t ask me to specify what cloud I want to backup to, so I’m assuming it would be my Google Drive cloud in my case, my dad’s in his) or synchronise settings between different devices (so domains added to the blacklist in one phone would automatically carry over to the other); I wound up holding the two phones one next to the other and painstakingly adding each domain to the custom block/allow list individually, one at a time, and I must say I now absolutely hate Blokada 4’s interface (Blokada 5’s is much better, can’t there be a Blokada version that has the same features as Blokada 4 but with a Blokada 5-like interface?). This is not what I’m writing this about, though; what I’m writing about is that, when I tried to enable my subscription lists (OISD, CPBL, hBlock, TBLP) on Blokada 4, I got this wierd message that I can’t quite reproduce (as I don’t have dad’s phone with me right now), but which basically said that it couldn’t download all the filters I had selected and that I should select less filters. In my own phone I have the exact same filters enabled and I’ve never seen such a message on Blokada 5. It can’t be a storage problem, as dad’s phone is brand new and Blokada 4 is a lot lighter than Blokada 5. It can’t be a RAM problem either, as dad’s phone is a Samsung Galaxy A52 5G — that’s at least as much RAM memory as my own Samsung Galaxy A51, if not even more RAM memory. So what gives? Does Blokada 4 have a maximum limit of filters much lesser than Blokada 5? If I upgrade my dad to Blokada 5, would I lose all the custom filters I’ve spent a whole hour manually setting up?
Q1. Where did you download Blokada from?
A1. The official channel.
Q2. Which device do you use? Do you use a custom ROM? Do you know which OS version you are using?
A2. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G with Android 11. No root, ergo no custom ROM (at least, that’s how I think it works?); the native ROM is OneUI 3.1.
Q3. Please explain the issue as detailed as possible. Also include patterns you observed (like ‘it only happens on wifi’). The more information the better.
A3. It displayed the message every time I tried to select a new subscription list, or check for updates, or even add a new individual domain to the custom list. I don’t remember the exact message, but I will be posting it ipsīs litterīs (maybe with an accompanying screenshot) as soon as I can.
Q4. Since when are you facing this issue?
A4. Since I started selecting filter lists and adding them to Blokada 4 on my dad’s phone. Blokada 4 was newly installed at the time. I think it came with OISD pre-enabled by default (I know Blokada 5 does); I’m not sure if the message first flashed when I tried subscribing to CPBL or hBlock, but it was definitely already there when I started subscribing to TBLP.
Q5. Did you already try to solve the issue somehow? If so: please state what you did.
A5. No, I didn’t try to solve the issue. I thought it would be a non-issue since Blokada 5 doesn’t have this problem, but now I’ve changed my mind and decided posting the question here.
PS: I’d like to congratulate Blokada on working on all my family’s devices. I’ve recently tried moving to AdGuard because it claims to be able to do so much more than just DNS filtering like Blokada, but I was sorely disappointed — if your device is not rooted, AdGuard doesn’t do anything. Zero. Nada. I guess Blokada is truly the only app that can filter ads, trackers and security threats without root access — and it does so free of charge, and is even an open source project. I recommend that anyone who’s dissatisfied with Blokada get a free 7-day trial of AdGuard AdBlocker — that will teach you to truly appreciate how good Blokada Libre is (or, at least, it sure taught me). And, based on the complaints I’ve seen regarding AdGuard VPN on the AdGuard Forum, I’d say Blokada Premium must also be worlds beyond the competition and a far better destination for your hard-earned money.