How to Block Ads on Facebook – 5 Methods

You may knock your head why am i seeing so many ads on facebook all of a sudden 2022?

If you are seeing too many ads on Facebook, then your ad interest categories, data about your activity from partners, advertisers using your activity, list of ad topics and number of advertisers might have increased.

The best way to block ads on Facebook, is to use ad blockers found on Chrome, FireFox and Edge. In many cases this works on the web interface and Windows 10 kind of OS. But on Android where using ad blockers is difficult, you need to still bear the Facebook ads.

The following post will discuss different ways to block ads on Facebook.

In reality, it is very hard to completely block sponsored ads on Facebook for a life-time. You may be successful for a limited time. But Facebook will come with a new technology to replace the tweaks. This is how Facebook survives for its advertising revenue.

How to Block Ads on Facebook

  1. Find the following extension – Block Ads for Social Network
  2. Add the extension to Chrome.
  3. Click the extension from the handle list on the top right-hand corner of Chrome.
  4. Click on Open Facebook.
  5. Browse the News feed without any sponsored ads.

How to Stop Ads on Facebook

Another Chrome extension that works well with Facebook ads is the Clario extension.

  1. Find the following extension page – Clario Secure Browsing.
  2. Install the extension on your Chrome browser.
  3. You can secure both web and mobile.
  4. Other features are – Web Security, Ad blocker, Anti-tracking.

In my experience, it was not possible to completely disable the sponsored ads on Facebook. Though the browsing experience was smooth, it was not as efficient as the above Chrome extension.

Why can’t you completely block Ads on Facebook?

In its help center page, it made clear that it cannot completely block the sponsored or any ads in the news feed or the site. But you can select the preferences, to see what type of ads you can see. You can also decide to hide an ad at an individual level.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/help/146952742043748

How to Stop Sponsored Ads on Facebook 2021

Another useful Chrome extension that boasts to block Facebook ads is mentioned below.

  1. Adblock – best Ad blocker.

But this works on the honor system.

For the full-time employees and services it provides, you need to donate at least $5 to the extension team.

You can get a refund within 60 days if you don’t like their services.

It was able to completely block the sponsored ads in the news feed. But the browsing experience is a little slower.

How to Get Rid of Ads on Facebook?

If you are looking for another program on Windows to block all annoying Facebook ads, then there is AdGuard for Windows.

You just have to install the software and see how it works. It can be installed for mobile devices also using the QR code.

It will take little time to complete the installation on legacy computers. Just 112KB in size. The best part is that it has a Microsoft Edge extension too.

It is a premium version and you get a 4 days free trial.

Though it blocks sponsored and other ads on Facebook, the browsing experience is a little slow. Also being a premium version, you need to pay a price for it. It has many other features.

The price is INR 59.99 per month or INR 1899 for life-time. For families, you can pay INR 3999.99 to use it on 9 devices.

How to Stop Sponsored Ads on Facebook

For a small time, you can make use of Facebook settings to stop your Facebook ads. In addition, if you use the ad blockers you can get rid of ads for a longer time. It is a cat and mouse game.

Total Time: 5 minutes

Click on the Profile Pic of Facebook at the bottom left of your screen.

The interface has changed in 2022. So you may be confused with the 2021 or 2020 version of Facebook web interface.

Settings & privacy > Settings.

You need to click twice to go to the ads. I don’t understand why Facebook has made it difficult to reach the ad preferences page.

On the next screen scroll down to click on Ads.

It is little hidden even on bigger screen. You might have missed it among all the list of settings.

3 Ad Preferences are visible.
Advertisers
Ad Topics
Ad Settings

The interface has been made easy and smooth. Previously there were too many ad settings which were confusing.

Click on each advertising preference and remove ad categories, advertisers, ad topics etc.

It takes some time to complete this operation. As there many ad interests and categories added from time to time, the list will be long. But you may be bombarded with too many ads in this way.

Then use any of the ad blocker add-on or extension mentioned in the below

The ad blocker method to blocks ads on Facebook worked for me many a times. I have personally tested those on my computer and listed for you.

Supply:

  • block ads on facebook

Tools:

  • facebook, windows 10, browser

Materials: software, hardware, pc, laptop

Note

This should at least hide all ads on Facebook for sometime. If you are successful, then you are lucky. Otherwise, you need to remove the advertisers from time to time. 

How to Stop Sponsored Ads on Facebook 2021

If you feel these ads are boring and prefer to tailor them, then follow these steps.

This will apply to the desktop or laptop or PC version of Facebook. The settings are similar in mobile app also.

1. Click the “drop-down” on the top blue bar. (the last option).
2. Click on “Settings”.

3. A new page opens.
4. On the left hand-side, browse through the options.
5. Click on “Ads”.
6. The “ad preferences” page will open.
7. Click the drop-down next to “Ad settings”.

8. The following options are available.

  • Ads based on data from partners
  • … based on your activity on Facebook Company Products that you see elsewhere
  • … that include your social actions

9. Click on each option.
10. There will be a drop-down box for each setting. For the first two, select “Not allowed”. For the third one, select “No one”.

Note : Sometimes this setting alone is not sufficient from sponsored ads appearing in your Facebook News Feed. You have to block some more settings, given below.

Facebook Ad Interests in 2021

Instead of completely blocking the Facebook Ads, want to fine tune them? Then the following options will help you.

Your interests.

As said before, Facebook displays ads in your status column based on different conditions. The first condition is using interests based on your activity on Facebook, such as your engagement with certain Pages and ads.

There are different categories to choose under this

1. Business and industry
2. News and entertainment
3. Technology
4. Travel, places and events
5. People
6. Hobbies and activities
7. Family and relationships
8. Food and drink
9. Lifestyle and culture
10. Education
11. Sports and outdoors

and many others.

Under each category these are several other sub-categories. When you hover that item, you can see a “cross” mark at the top-right-hand corner of the item. Click on it, to remove that preference of ads showing in your status history.

If you want, you can add the same item again to your ad interests.

Note: Make sure all the “Interests” under different categories are completely removed to block your ads. Even if a few interests are allowed, you will be bombarded with “Sponsored Ads” again.

Advertisers and businesses

In this category, ads are displayed from advertisers and businesses who uploaded a list with your info and advertised to you. It includes those

– whose website or app you may have used
– Who you’ve visited
– Whose ads you’ve clicked

and more.

Your advertising history is uploaded with lists containing your information. The following are the conditions –

1. These advertisers have run an ad in the past seven days using a list uploaded to Facebook containing your information, typically an email address or a phone number.

2. Facebook matched the uploaded information to your profile, without revealing your identity to the advertiser.

Your information

Some of the Facebook ads that reach potential users are based on the information provided on their profiles. In this setting, you can manage whether you want to see Facebook ads based on certain parameters.

You can turn off the toggle switch to disable ads based on a particular condition of your profile. These include –

  • Relationship status
  • Employer
  • Job title
  • Education

Under the same setting, there is another tab that says “Your categories“. These help advertisers reach people who are more likely to be interested in their products, services and causes. Some categories are added based on the information you provided on Facebook and other activity.

You can click the “into” mark to remove those categories from the list. Ads related to those categories will not be displayed to you.

Hide ad topics

There are certain topics which are abusive, potentially harmful and pervasive content. You can hide ads about these topics temporarily or permanently. Certain ads will still show up. But this will improve the quality of ads shown. The number of ads you will will not change.

FAQ – Facebook Sponsored Ads

Why am i seeing so many ads on Facebook 2022

Interest categories are part of Facebook ad settings. Some categories are automatically added or otherwise set by default. If you block Facebook ads through settings you may see an increase many fold. Based upon profile, email and browsing habits Facebook creates an ad face for you. Due to the advertising algorithm, policy and usage, you will see too many ads or increase in ads on Facebook.

How to block ads on Facebook 2022

No way. For a limited time, you can make use of Ads settings to block ads on Facebook. But Facebook’s advertising algorithm will tweak its code to display the ads again. I have listed some add-ons and extensions that could completely block
Facebook ads. They worked for me in 2021. Check them now.

How to stop payment on Facebook ads

Click on Ads payments under Settings on Facebook. Payment settings page will open. On that screen you can see the payment methods. Probably you might have added a credit card or bank account for making payment towards Facebook ads. When you remove all those, then automatically you can stop payment on Facebook ads.

How to get rid of Sponsored ads on Facebook

Facebook makes revenue with different types of advertisements. They include Sponsored Stories, Promoted Posts, Boosted Posts, Paid Ads and others. Ad blockers are the only way that worked for me to get rid of ads on Facebook. Removing Interest categories also works for some time.

How to delete interests on Facebook

Click on profile pic at the bottom left of your screen. Settings & privacy > settings > Ads > Ad settings. You can see the label categories used to reach you. Click the arrow to the right. You can see all ad interest categories. Click on Remove beside each interest. They are all deleted.

Sridhar Palla

Sridhar Palla

Palla Sridhar is the writer for WindowsTechIt.com. He is an IIT post-graduate and Research Scholar in Civil Engineering. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos and solutions guides for Windows 10, Skype, Outlook, HDMI, Redmi, Facebook, Google and LinkedIn.

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  1. Reply
    debora at

    I found your article very informative and you had great use of facts throughout the article.
    Thanks for sharing this valuable information with us, it is really helpful article!

  2. I found you article useless as it doesn’t block facebook ads at all, there still very much appear all the time, only now they are only targeted based on ridiculous criteria, such as “you are 18 years old or older”…

    • Reply
      sandra at

      I agree! I have turned everything to not allowed, or no one and yet I still get ads – probably more than before!

      • Reply
        Palla Sridhar at

        @sandra. I’m trying to find a solution for this problem. I will update this guide soon.

  3. This does not block Facebook sponsored ads at all.
    My settings were already set to the above but I still get sponsored ads

    • Reply
      Palla Sridhar at

      @Paul: Thanks for the comment. As you know this post was written sometime back with then Facebook policies regarding sponsored ads. FYI, Facebook itself does not adhere to its ad policies and keeps on changing from user to user. So the above method works for some for sometime and may not work altogether. This depends on country, user, place, device type etc. Anyhow I’m going to update the content with my research on this topic soon. 🙂

  4. It is almost as though Facebook directs you to the ad preferences page so you will browse all their potential advertisers and think about interests you “might as well leave there”. I imagine the algorithm “sees” any interest and spins out all associated interests and uses them to feed you ads. Need one button. “No Ads. Period.”

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    Susan Bexter at

    Useless advice. I visit my ads preferences once a month and ensure I am as locked down as possible. The last week has been horrendous – every 2nd or 3rd post on my timeline is for absolutely irrelevant items. In this week, I’ve checked my ad preferences every day, but can’t stop them coming. This is it for me. No more Facebook.

  6. Reply
    Mike Hunt at

    Never works and you will never get rid of the ads unless a filter is applied over facebook on the browser that filters out the word sponsor and then removes the ad. All the above only open you up to random ads as you will have no preference for facebook to go off.

  7. Reply
    Cheryl at

    Did everything above and NO difference! I may just drop Facebook altogether. When I’m trying to watch a video post and an ad interrupts, I’ve started just stopping it and moving on… getting tired of being forced to watch ads and rude interruptions.. I’m so done!

  8. Tried this many times and it is horrendous with the Ads. I am bombarded with ads that bear no relevance to any interest I have! There are ads in my settings which I dont even know what on earth they are. Fed up with it to the point of archiving my account for a while its just not fun anymore. Clearly they can stop ads in “groups” so why not for individual users

    • Reply
      Palla Sridhar at

      @annie. Yes, the problem looks unstoppable. I don’t know why Facebook provides an option called “Ads Preferences”, if you can’t opt out of it. It looks like the advertiser list is again populated, even though you delete them. For now, I think it is better to leave the default settings. So atleast you get relevant ads. As mentioned in the article, even Ad Blockers are not able to stop them. So, yes, this tweak or tip does not seem to work currently. You can try blocking using Ad Blocker filters as mentioned in one of the comments. I will try to update the article, if that’s possible.

  9. Reply
    Ivo Biancucci at

    I was tired of the advertising and got tired of blocking etc but they came back again. So I deleted Facebook will be officially deleted on December 15th, 2019.

  10. Reply
    Mike Hunt at

    Facebook sucks. The ads are out of control. I have more ads than news on my newsfeed. I followed the information provided here and although it’s good info, it didn’t help much. Next step, delete Facebook. It sucks

    • Reply
      Palla Sridhar at

      @Mike: I understand your frustration. For now, it is better to use Ad Blocker chrome extension customization to block Facebook Sponsored ads.

  11. this all goes swimmingly until i hit point 7: click the drop-down next to ad settings. then i get this: safari can’t open the page because “the URL was blocked by a content blocker” whatever one of those is

    • Reply
      Palla Sridhar at

      @Try another browser and check.

  12. Reply
    Bobbie Freeling at

    I tried to follow your instructions – (4-25-20). Facebook now does not even give me the “ads” choice on the left hand side. I have Apps, Instant Games, Business Int, then Payments, Support Inbox, & Videos. Where else might I find it? Thanx.

    • Reply
      Palla Sridhar at

      @Bobbie: Thanks for your comment. Somestimes, Chrome does not display this option. You can try Firefox or any other browser. let me know if this fixes the problem.

  13. Reply
    Florance Taber at

    Usually, these can be done into two classes. Ideally we’ll see more of this from you in the near long term. This might give usually essential information about the playing cards to the other people.

    • Reply
      Palla Sridhar at

      @Taber: If your optimistic of stopping facebook ads, then you need to clear “Your Interests” from time to time. Otherwise, you are shown more ads than before. Choice is yours to block or leave the default settings.

  14. Reply
    Tracey Allen at

    This article was a waste of time. FACEBOOK has removed the “Ads” button and replaced it with “Ads Payments”. There is NO option to modify which ads we see. Yet another reason I won’t be on Facebook any longer.

  15. This was a total waste of time. Did all that you suggested, and guess what…more ads than ever. You sure you don’t work for Facebook? Thanks….for NUTTIN!

  16. doesn’t do jack, still have sponsored ads every 4 facebook posts

  17. Reply
    Stefano at

    I am sorry to say. But you article could not be incorrect. I closed my old account and made a experiment. I made a dedicated email only for Facebook messenger means fake name and fake profil and then I did not add any friends or set all privacy at max deactivated my account I only used messenger now I am back to square one. But I convinced my friends delete and then use signal messenger wauw what a relief. That’s the best trixk or advice you can get. Go away from Facebook.

    • Reply
      Palla Sridhar at

      @Stefano. It’s nearly impossible to stop sponsored ads on Facebook. Even other giants like Google, Microsoft do have their privacy and ad settings, but still collect data. Then what is the importance of these ad settings or consumer protection rules. With mobile apps, even more of our data is collected. That’s connectivity in 2021.

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