Found 2nd Jan
For a while now I've had problems accessing certain deals on my mobile and the other day I decided it was time to find out why.

After a bit of digging out turns out my host file has a lot of advertising servers pointing to 127.0.0.1.

I Googled how to delete them on android but it seems all the solutions I find require routing, and the method using Windows doesn't work as I can't even browse to the folder it is in . I have never routed my phone so no idea how they got there in the first place.

How can I delete them without rooting?

I have a 'Vodafone smart 6 ultra' running Android 5.0.2 which is the latest version available for my phone.

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127.0.0.1 is a local loopback address, basically any url in your hostfile pointing to this is being referred back to your own device.
Simplest thing if you don't/can't root is just backup your personal data on your handset and hard reset to do a full wipe, then carefully manually re-install the apps you need.
bonus is your device will run cleaner, faster with better battery life after a good clean

You'll need to root your device. I'm 99.9999% sure of this.

If you're trying to stop Ads appearing, you could use "NoRoot Firewall" or similar to block them.
You can allow the App, but bock it's Ad connects on a granular level.

Original Poster

Thanks for the help. I'll try the non-rooted methods first, failing that ill just root as my device is out of warranty anyway.

think you are missing the point, the reason the urls are set to that ip is to stop the phone getting fed adverts from those site.. leave it alone.

Original Poster

I'm not missing the point. It's more of an obstacle than an aid.
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