Brand specific information

This article contains brand-specific information that we compiled thanks to our users input. The idea is that as users, like you, report particular cases, we will be updating this article.

Thank you very much for your help!

Huawei/Xiaomi

Blokada stops after a while

  1. Exclude Blokada from battery optimization : See this Website for helpful instructions.
  2. Pin Blokada in ‘recents’ : Open Blokada, then go to the Android recents apps view by pressing the square Android button. On top of the window you will see a lock symbol. Tap it to lock Blokada in recents, thus avoiding the app being shut down by your system.
  3. Set a QuickSetting Tile for Blokada: Close Blokada. Edit your QuickSettings bar. Pull the tile for Blokada in the menu. Then activate Blokada only using this tile. Note: In some models using the QuickSettings Tile allows you to remove Blokada from recents, as the lock gets remembered.

Explanation: Huawei/Xiaomi kills the background activity of Blokada, as a result of trying to optimize the phones battery usage. It is usually not sufficient to just exclude Blokada from battery optimization. To avoid Blokada getting shut down, you have to pin it in recents.

Note: This may help for other brands as well, so give it a try!

Xiaomi

System updates

For system updates to work, you need to whitelist com.xiaomi.discover in Blokada via Apps/System Apps. To do this, change the status of the App to ’ bypassed '. Reboot your device afterwards.

Some other Xiaomi devices use the Google Play Store for System updates. So if you are facing issues with downloading security patches, just pause Blokada for the time the update needs to download and install.
Thank you @murdock86 for this information.

Blokada doesn’t block ads on Wifi on Android 10

It could be that ‘Traffic Mode’ is set to ‘Extreme Mode’. You can find this setting in your system Settings / Wi-Fi / Additional Settings. Set it to either ‘OFF’ or to ‘Regular mode’.
Thank you @ZiMilio77 for this information.

Samsung/Sony

Blokada doesn’t start on boot in Android Pie, despite ‘start on boot’ being activated.

  1. In your phone go to settings -> connections
  2. Find the VPN options
  3. Turn on the ‘Always On VPN’ -switch for Blokada. That setting can be found in a submenu which can be accessed through a gear icon most of the time.
  4. Reboot your device

Explanation: Despite being given the permission to start on boot, Samsung still kills Blokada when trying to start. With the setting ‘Always on VPN’ active the process survives.

Note: Try enabling ‘Always on VPN’ for Blokada as well, if Blokada gets killed by Samsung (stops) and excluding from battery optimization and ‘keep alive’ are not sufficient.

Note: Some users reported this behavior for Sony phones as well, so give it a try if Blokada doesn’t start on boot.

Google

Extreme battery drain after update:

If you experience an extreme battery drain after updating Blokada, try a fresh install:

### CAUTION: If you subscribed to Blokada Plus, save your Account ID before following these steps. You will need it to restore your Account! ###

  1. Uninstall Blokada from your phone. You might want to save your settings first. You can ask the community how exporting your settings can be done.
  2. Reinstall Blokada only from blokada.org or from a source listed there.

OnePlus

Blokada stops after a while

For OnePlus there seem to be many possible ways to stop Blokada from getting killed. Try the following one after another:

  1. Exclude Blokada from battery optimization: See this Website for helpful instructions.
    OR
  2. Enable ‘Keep alive’ in Blokada’s settings.
    OR
  3. Pin Blokada in ‘recents’: Open Blokada, then go to the Android recents apps view by pressing the square Android button. On top of the window you will see a lock symbol. Tap it to lock Blokada in recents.

As you see, we currently lack specific information for this issue. So please, to help us, tell us on which device and Android version you are, and which settings worked for you and which didn’t.

Oppo/Realme

Ad blocking doesn’t work on ColorOS

ColorOS implemented a trick to circumvent ad blocking. They route the traffic through a second DNS. This way the requests can’t be filtered by Blokada. Since version 4.5.1 there is a solution for this:
In Blokada go to DNS and scroll to the bottom of the menu. There you will find the option ‘Alternative DNS answer’. If you enable it, ads and tracking domains should be blocked again without problems.
Be aware that you might won’t be able to use a custom DNS alongside Ad blocking.
Note: This fix is only available for v4. So please install the latest version of v4 if you are facing this problem.

Infinix / Wiko / Umidigi / Blackview

Blokada stops after a while

  1. Exclude Blokada from battery optimization: See this Website for helpful instructions.
  2. Check whether these things help:
  • pin Blokada in recents (check Huawei/Xiaomi on how this works)
  • activate Always-on-VPN for Blokada (check Samsung/Sony on how this works)
  1. If that didn’t help, set up a widget for Blokada.

Explanation: These brands kill the background activity of Blokada, as a result of trying to optimize the phones battery usage. It is usually not sufficient to just exclude Blokada from battery optimization. To avoid Blokada getting shut down it helps to set up a widget.

Note: These solutions didn’t have enough testers yet. So if any setting helps you, please reply to this post and inform us about it!

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