A few weeks ago I started using Blokada in search of a better adblocker as I’ve been using Adblock Green off of the App Store for the better part of a year now, which gets the job done but wasn’t ideal as I still saw banner ads on YouTube and video ads through the app (thus I’ve been watching YouTube via Safari instead).
Unfortunately, since I’ve had Blokada installed I’ve only used it 5% of the time because of massive and very annoying slowdowns system-wide that I’ve been experiencing since day 1 of using the app.
Here’s some specs that might help track this issue down:
For a device, I’m running 3 actually, and I’ve experienced the same slowdowns on all of them. That being my iPhone X, 12.9" iPad Pro (2nd Generation), and iPad Mini 4.
All 3 devices are running iOS 14.4.
In the case of my iPhone, I experience the slowdowns on both LTE and WiFi.
My home internet speeds typically run between 800Mbps and 1 Gigabit on Ethernet (on a PC, for example), or around 400Mbps on these 3 devices via WiFi.
In regards to the slowdowns specifically, they are really bad (and very frustrating) in my opinion with the App Store taking around 2 to 4 times the amount of time it normally takes to load, with YouTube being another example. The slowdowns effect every other website I’ve visited as well - Twitter, Amazon, Newegg, etc, etc, all taking around twice if not four times the amount of time to load.
These slowdowns instantly go away upon deactivating Blokada. Things I have tried to fix this include restarting my router, restarting all 3 devices with and without Blokada running, disabling any and all blocklists, reinstalling the app, changing DNS servers via the “Encryption & DNS” section of Blokada, and manually setting a connection to Cloudflare’s DNS server with the “22.214.171.124” address via WiFi settings in iOS.
Lastly, I have ran Speedtests for the heck of it, and oddly enough they does not register the slowdowns as I typically get the same results with or without Blokada enabled at around 400Mbps on all of my devices.
Any help would be greatly appreciated as I love the concept of Blokada, it’s just disappointing that I can’t use it on a daily basis because the slowdowns are so extreme.