Vincent Ritter

Removing my content blocker, Just Block, from the App Store.

Today, I am saying goodbye to my little iOS content blocker, Just Block. Not because I have to, but because I believe there are way more amazing apps out there that do a much better job.

Not too long ago I started using 1Blocker for both iOS and the Mac. It’s clean, simple and works really great. Sure, it’s a paid app, but the developer put in a lot of effort - so it’s totally worth it.

Just Block was never supposed to be in that field, although at the time I was dreaming that I could make some sort of public API that any developer could use to stay up to date. Maybe one day.

I had a few updates planned for Just Block, but I just can’t find the time to do what I want to. Not only that, the block list is probably way out of date.

It would feel wrong to have an app, on the App Store, that is outdated and gives people false hope of true blocking of trackers. I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the changes.

I had a search around the App Store and there is a lot of crap out there, especially with content blockers. Now… I don’t want to say mine is crap… but I think it could be added to the pile of abandoned.

So here we are. As it was a free app I am not concerned of the outcome of this. Perhaps one day I will return to it. This year is probably not it.

If you want a great content blocker, in my opinion, try out 1Blocker.

I will, however, keep it on my site to showcase.

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