What is stopping you from using Blokada 5?

4 is much better than 5, but for me in order of importance:

  1. the absence of the widget is a glaring step backwards that ranks as #1 for me. And I think the widget is problematic (no transparency, really? - and I don’t want my ad-counter to drop down to decimals, I want exact numbers); but not having it robs me of seeing it work and giving me instant knowledge about what’s being blocked.

  2. the absence of DNS controls. Why remove a core feature?

  3. the old UI is not only more attractive, it’s a billion times more useful. The current UI is Apple-like… made dumb so that any idiot can use it. I understand why you’d want any idiot to be able to use it, but this kind of app has a different user-base I’d guess. I want control and power, not an on/off button. Some of the options are not well-explained.

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Hi,
Thanks for the valuable feedback. Could you mention what could be explained better? And what do you expect from “dns controls”.
Yes, you’re right. The thought behind the general v5 design is to make it as foolproof as possible so we can reach a broader userbase which can profit from adblocking. Hence the new, more uniform looking UI.

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I tried several times to install version 5.7 and 5.8 , but after the installation procedure all I get is: app not installed. I’m clueless.
Version 4 works fine.

You probably have different variants of the app, for example one from F-droid, another one from the website. You need to stick to the same source.

Thank you for your feedback. I tried both sources F-Droid and blokada.com - neither one works. I feel I have to love Version 4.9 :kissing_heart:
Btw: Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite, Android 10, Android security patch 2020-12-1, MIUI 12.0.5

I’ve noticed that even if I select and activate all block lists, the total number of blocked requests is way lower than v4. Since (it seems that) not all connections are using Blokada VPN, what’s the point of v5? Only being paid for the application (not evil, actually), but the free version gives less features than v4, for me.
Or so it’s what I see from the number of blocked activities.

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The fact that it makes every Chromium based browsers not work.

This is just not true.

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Not really… The webview, Amazon Silk, and Ungoogled Chromium work when I use Blokada 5 on my Fire Tablet.

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You should not activate all lists at all. That’s overkill and your device probably won’t block hosts properly.

Not exactly sure what you mean by this. You are not required to purchase Blokada Plus to have ad-blocking.

V5 has just as many, if not more, host lists available as v4.

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I had given a shot to v5 months ago and had uninstalled it immediately because of the lack of support for custom DNS (which v4 supports).
I just tried again v5 to see if it was possible now, and I’m a bit disappointed to see it still isn’t possible…
However, there’s a neat feature that allows to use the “network DNS” when connected to a particular network (for example my local WiFi on Pi-hole).
I don’t need to manually change the DNS provider, or allow the fallback to Google DNS.
That is pretty cool so I’m going to try v5 a bit longer this time.

Having the possibility to add custom upstream DNS would be a killer feature.
And not just IPv4 upstream DNS (like v4) but also custom DNS-over-HTTP/TLS (like AdGuard Android) would make Blokada perfect!
I use NextDNS as my upstream provider, which has a different address per account (and even device) so looking forward to being able to use it as my upstream DNS in Blokada v5.

Alternatively, built-in support for NextDNS encrypted DNS, including custom ID and device name would please me as well :slight_smile:

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I’ve stuck with v4 on my un-rooted BlackBerry Priv simply because it works well and is already configured to my liking (on my rooted droid I just use the Hosts file + AdAway). My wife uses an iPhone though, on which I set her up with Blokada 5, and she’s quite content. The performance on iOS is great too. That being said, the ability to add custom lists, and to choose from a wider selection of DoH resolvers, would definitely be desirable on v5. A root mode, where Blokada would function as a Hosts file manager, would also be neat, and probably garner some more users.

I get that v5 is meant to appeal to a wider user base, and in my opinion it does. So a disclaimer could be added to convey that custom lists are not officially supported, and YMMV. It could be nested under an advanced settings section too.

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+1, I would love this. Why no NextDNS? New Plus user here. Other than lack of custom DNS I like what I am seeing.

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Try disabling “encrypted DNS” in your Chromium-based browser.

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1 of my devices is an OPPO A72 Android 11 which I seem to be only able to use v4, so far as I’m aware, my other device a vaynko Android 9 works fine with v5. Is there going to be any way to use v5 on color 0S.11( Android 11) which my OPPO is, no custom rom… Both download from Blokada. OrgI.

Hi,
Oppo is part of BBK Electronics.
They introduced their own dns infrastructure a while back. If a site can’t be reached your phone will use hardcoded dns servers. We’ve implemented a workaround option in V4 so please consider trying the latest V4 and turn on “alternative dns answer”

Thanks, I know about oppos dns system and use v4 to circumvent it, I was hoping to be able to use v5 in the future if it’s ever possible. Thank you for your reply.

v5 It doesn’t work with Chrome and the troubleshooting available in the FAQ section is outdated.

inb4 “hurr just use another browser durr”

Hello there,
There’s plenty of advice on this forum. Just use it’s search function.

Again:
Chrome is special. There’s nothing we can do about that. Feel free to provide Google with that feedback.

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Google are not receptive to feedback they don’t like. It’s why I use Bromite or Vivaldi as a backup browser to Firefox that’s “chromium”.

I still find myself wanting that custom DNS input and the ability to wildcard or manually block or allow an entry without needing to find it on the activity log. Sometimes I already know most of what I need to “catch” and don’t want to have to wait for it to be there and if there’s a bunch, one wildcard rule will get it for me instead of waiting to grab them all. This is what keeps me from having v5 on my main device but for a less advanced user in my household it works fine I will say.

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