Spoilers are just the worst
You've waited for months or even years to see and eagerly awaited movie or TV show final, but due to circumstances well beyond Your control you can't catch it immediately. You are going to check your phone for just a second and bam!
Movie spoilers, TV spoilers, video game spoilers, they're all bad and avoiding them. While there are plenty of ways to avoid spoilers on your PC or laptop thanks to various browser extensions and programs, it's much harder to block spoilers on your phone – the thing you almost certainly use more often than a desktop most days.
With HBO's epic fantasy drama Game of Thrones rapidly approaching its finale with Season 8, we're here to help you avoid GoTo spoilers on your phone, because the internet is dark and full of, well, nasty spoilers.
In this guide
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Most Google Chrome has become the default browser app on Android devices for many years now.
tools to Google's browser. Related: 15 best Android browsers
Judging by reviews and popularity, the title of best spoiler blocker for Chrome goes to either Spoiler Protection 2.0 or Unspoiler. Unfortunately, we have a couple of options to get around the issue:
- Use Firefox – Mozilla's browser is a great alternative to Chrome on Android (and Safari on iOS), but more importantly it also supports add-ons. Not all desktop add-ons are optimized for mobile, but thankfully for us Spoiler Protection 2.0 is. Just download the app from the Play Store, hit the three dot menu> Add-ons> Browse all Firefox Add-ons then search for Spoiler Protection 2.0 tap Add to Firefox> Add . From that same three dot menu you'll now find Spoiler Protection 2.0 at the bottom, access it and you can set keywords for spoilers you want to avoid.
- Use a Chromium-based browser – There are a few mobile browsers based on the Chromium open source project that just happen to support Chrome extensions. Our favorite is Kiwi Browser. Just tap the three dot menu in the extensions and open the web store. General compatibility for extensions is just a bit hit and miss with both browsers, but Spoiler Protection 2.0 works just fine.
Spoiler blocking apps
There are some more apps on the Play Store and App Store dedicated to revealing spoilers rather than blocking Spoiler Block and Spoilers Blocker on Android both let you add keywords to avoid spoilers for your chosen shows, movies, or games. Both apps have fairly poor reviews, though, with users citing login issues and spoilers sneaking through the word filters.
iPhone users are also under control, but you get the Shut Up app, which lets you disable comment sections on websites. But most of them endeavor to avoid spoilers in news and reviews articles, comment sections are the Wild West so they are completely safe, if extreme option.
Shut Up isn't available on Android, but there is an extension for Chrome and go get it on YouTube
Disable browser images
Spoilers don't just come at you in word form, of course. When a hyped show or movie debuts, it doesn´t ever take long for netizens to transform spoilerific scenes from any type of media into a cheeky GIF or meme.
Your safest bet is disabling images entirely until you can catch up.
As an alternative, the images ON / OFF extension does the job nicely for Chrome, while Image Block X works well for Firefox. The only free option I could find for iPhone users is Image Blocker.
Disable news app notifications
Most good entertainment writers will try to keep spoilers out of headlines, but It only takes one rogue from "MovieSpoilerNews24 / 7" to ruin your day.
You can go all the way and delete news apps like Google News or just disable notifications for those apps. For the laugh on Android go to Settings> Apps & notifications> [App name]> Notifications> and toggle Show notifications off. On iPhone go to Settings> Notifications> [App name]> toggle Notifications off
Don't use the internet
Even with all of these tips, it's still possible and spoiler may sneak in through the cracks when your phone has some kind of data connection. Turning Wi-Fi and mobile data off is an extreme measure, obviously, but people used to live without the internet. You’ll survive.
Don't use your phone
The nuclear option. Turn it off. Throw it in the ocean. Smash it into little tiny pieces. It 's the only way.
Do you have any secret tips for avoiding spoilers on your phone? Please know in the comments and don’t post any Game of Thrones spoilers, please. I haven't caught up yet.