How to Use AdBlock VPN

Getting Started

If you're new to VPNs, you may want to start by perusing these articles:

Create an Account

To start using AdBlock VPN, you'll need to create an account through a purchase. If you've already paid, skip to "Signing In" below. If you haven't already paid, you can do so using these steps:

    1. Install AdBlock VPN
    2. Open AdBlock VPN and click on "Sign up".
    3. On the webpage that opens, click on "Buy AdBlock VPN" and then select your plan and payment type.
    4. Once the purchase has been completed, you will automatically be logged in with the email address associated with your purchase and can immediately connect.

Add a Device

To add a device, install AdBlock VPN and sign in with the same email associated with your purchase. There is a 6 device limit.

 

AdBlock VPN for Mac and Windows

Signing In

Open AdBlock VPN. Enter the email address associated with your account and click Next. You will receive an email containing a six-digit code. Enter it in the space provided and click Submit.

Note: If you don't see the AdBlock VPN window, click the AdBlock VPN icon to display it again.

 

Tips: 

  1. If you don't receive a code, add noreply@getadblock.com to your Contacts and be sure to check your spam/junk folder and promotional folders. Wait at least 30 minutes for a code to arrive as there can be temporary delays. 
  2. If your email is not recognized as having an account, please be sure you are using the email associated with your purchase. If you are logged in on another device, you can confirm the email associated with your account on the Account Management page.

 

Connecting to the VPN
After logging in, to begin using the VPN, select a server location and click Connect. Connecting to a location nearer to you typically results in a faster connection. Once connected, the menu will confirm a secure connection as shown in the examples below.


At any time, you can change your server location by clicking on Change Location or disconnect from the VPN by clicking on Disconnect. You will need to reload/refresh any webpages to ensure that the change is recognized by the browser and the website you are accessing.

Windows Mac

To test to see if AdBlock VPN is working, please see this article: How Do I Know AdBlock VPN is Working?

If you encounter any problems connecting, please see this article: AdBlock VPN Connection Issues.

 

Theme and App Settings (Windows)

Pin the AdBlock VPN icon to your taskbar or desktop using the steps in this article: Pin apps and folders to the desktop or taskbar.

 

Theme

  • Use system appearance - If you use the appearance preference to adjust the display based on the time of day, selecting this option will match what is displayed by the OS.
  • Light - Selecting this option will always display the menu in the default mode of dark text on a light background.
  • Dark - Selecting this option will always display the menu with light text on a dark background.

 

App Settings

  • Launch at Startup - selecting this will automatically launch AdBlock VPN each time you start your computer. It does not auto-connect the VPN.
  • Apply updates automatically - selecting this will ensure that you receive all the latest updates containing improvements and bug fixes.

 

Theme and App Settings (Mac)

 

Theme
  • Use system appearance - If you use the Mac appearance preference to adjust the display based on the time of day, selecting this option will match what is displayed by the OS.
  • Light - Selecting this option will always display the menu in the default mode of dark text on a light background.
  • Dark - Selecting this option will always display the menu with light text on a dark background.

 

App Settings
  • Show connection info - When toggled ON, both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses will display on the menu as well as the connection time.
  • Show dock icon - Enable this setting to display the icon on the Dock. Note: the icon will not display when the app is closed unless the "Keep in Dock" option is selected. Learn more about using the Dock.   
  • Launch at login - AdBlock VPN will automatically open when you log in. The app will not automatically connect.
  • Apply updates automatically - selecting this will ensure that you receive the latest updates containing improvements and bug fixes.

 

Exit & Disconnect

To temporarily disconnect, click on Disconnect. Just like with connecting, when you disconnect, you will need to reload/refresh any webpages to ensure that the change is recognized by the browser and the website you are accessing.

To close the app, click on the three horizontal lines to access Preferences. If you are connected to the VPN, you will see the option Exit & Disconnect (or Quit & Disconnect on Mac). If you are not connected, you'll see Exit. You will not be logged out when you click this option and should not be prompted to log back in the next time you open the app.

 

 

AdBlock VPN for Mobile (iOS and Android/Chrome OS)

For Chromebooks and other devices using Chrome OS please install the Android version.

Signing In

Open AdBlock VPN. Enter the email address associated with your account and click Next. You will receive an email containing a six-digit code. Enter it in the space provided and click Submit.


 

Tips: 

  1. If you don't receive a code, add noreply@getadblock.com to your Contacts and be sure to check your spam/junk folder and promotional folders. Wait at least 30 minutes for a code to arrive as there can be temporary delays.
  2. If your email is not recognized as having an account, please be sure you are using the email associated with your purchase. If you are logged in on another device, you can confirm the email associated with your account on the Account Management page.

 

Connecting to the VPN

After logging in, select the server location you would like to connect to and the app will automatically connect to that location. If the location you would like to connect to is already displayed, simply tap Turn On VPN. Connecting to a location nearer to you typically results in a faster connection.

If you are connected to the VPN, select Turn Off VPN to disconnect. Just like when you connect, you may need to reload/refresh open webpages or apps to ensure the change takes effect.

To test to see if AdBlock VPN is working, please see this article: How Do I Know AdBlock VPN is Working?

In some cases you may want to use the auto-connect feature to automatically connect when you are using an unfamiliar network. You can read more about using this feature here: Using AdBlock VPN on an Untrusted or Unsecured Wi-Fi Network.

 

Log out
To sign out of the app, tap on the three horizontal lines to access Preferences and then tap on Log out. You will be prompted to log back in the next time the app is opened.

 

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