What is the Networks feature?
The Networks feature introduced in Blokada 5.7 for Android allows you to configure Blokada differently for specific networks (WiFi or mobile). When enabled, Blokada will switch its configuration whenever your device connects to a given network.
For example, you may configure Blokada to use network’s default DNS servers when connected to your work WiFi, and switch to Blokada DNS on any other network. This way, you may fix connectivity problems on restricted networks, and at the same time stay protected and encrypt DNS on other networks.
You may also apply more complex configuration scenarios.
This feature is meant for advanced users, and for users having problems with connectivity on particular networks. Also, please note that Blokada 5.7 is the first release of this feature, and should be considered beta, which means that despite our extensive testing, it may not work properly in some scenarios.
How to use the Network feature?
Starting with Blokada 5.7, you may check the current configuration of Blokada in two places: the home screen (tap the ads counter text), and the notification. This way you can always confirm that your changes are applied properly.
You’ll find the Networks feature under the Advanced section tab.
By default, only the “All networks” configuration is active, which is basically the default configuration of Blokada 5. You may change it if you wish so, and this change will apply to all networks.
Change settings for a specific network type
You may overwrite the default configuration described above, for a specific network type. For example, if you wish to use network DNS on any mobile network, but stick with the encrypted Blokada DNS on other networks, this video shows how to do so.
Change settings for a specific network
To configure settings for a specific network (and not just network type), you’ll need to grant permissions that allow Blokada to read network names. Sadly, this may cause Android to display a scary looking notification about location access from time to time. In reality, Blokada will only read the network name, and not access your location.
Once the permissions are granted, Blokada will immediately recognize the network you are connected to, and allow you to set a configuration for it.
And that’s it! We hope this guide helped you understand how to use the new Networks feature. As always, we are looking forward to your feedback.