Living without Google 2.0 - A Google free FP2

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@Linda_CH: I moved your post to the FP2 topic. I never used RadioDroid. In my post you replied to I just explained to someone how to make sure the newest version (of any app) is displayed in F-Droid.


I can use radiodroid without problems or special settings. Maybe you should check, if you change the correct volume type while pressing vol+ button (not ring tone)? You should try this DURING the radio is already playing!


What I’m doing is using WireGuard over public WiFi and mobile (LTE) to connect to my home router and use that as DNS. The DNS (dnsmasq) uses blacklists to filter ads, so I don’t see any ads in any apps. It then forwards to unbound which uses DNS over TLS (its slightly slower because of this setup, but doable). This solution doesn’t require root on clients though WireGuard runs better as root. Furthermore, all outbound traffic on my router with destination port 53 (TCP and UDP) is redirected to dnsmasq. So it catches and and anything else unencrypted.


can you explain how do you block ads via DNS?
I’m using openWRT with adblock (with custom lists), but the majority of ads are not blocked since the block is not possible at DNS level.
Remember that and are google DNS. It is much better to use OpenNIC via DNScrypt ( and or via DNScrypt and or, if you like DNS over TLS, cleanbrowsingDNS ( and or cloudflare ( and that are more privacy focused that google .


Why is the block not possible at DNS level?

These are the rules I use:

DNAT       tcp  --           !          tcp dpt:53 to:
DNAT       udp  --           !          udp dpt:53 to:
DNAT       tcp  --           !         tcp dpt:53 to:
DNAT       udp  --           !         udp dpt:53 to:
DNAT       tcp  --              tcp dpt:53 to:
DNAT       udp  --              udp dpt:53 to:

All loose DNS traffic is being forwarded through (my gateway internal LAN address). Except when it is going to (my main server). That’s for failover. The rules are for VPN. The DHCP server also already gives the correct DNS information; the above is just for stuff which (for whatever reason) still wants to use something else.

OpenDNS = Cisco. I use Quad9, but that’s owned by IBM. I don’t assume any of these companies are not data hungry (including Cloudflare) but I will agree with you that Google seems to be one of the worst offenders.