How to Block YouTube Video Channels


YouTube has improved over the years at curating content for us based on our viewing habits. But let’s face it – it’s nowhere near as good at curation as a human being, and part of that is probably intentional to keep you clicking around the Internet’s biggest video database. To block YouTube channels you’ll need to play outside YouTube’s rules and use a nifty third-party app to help you out.

Video Blocker for YouTube doesn’t just outright block channels but gives you control over what types of channels appear on your YouTube in the future. Here’s our guide on how to use it as well as a few other tips to stop unwanted video junk from appearing on your homepage.

First, it’s worth trying the in-house method of at least partially blocking YouTube videos. Your YouTube homepage displays all manner of videos it thinks you’re interested in – from recent uploads on regularly visited channels to “Recommended” videos based on your viewing habits – but these may include videos that you don’t want … at all.

To block videos from certain channels from appearing in your recommended feed, click the three-dotted menu icon next to the title of a video on your YouTube homepage (it’s invisible until you hover your mouse over the right area), then click “Not interested.”


After that you can pick multiple reasons why you’re not interested in a video including the option “I’m not interested in this channel.” If you select this, videos from this channel will stop appearing in your recommended feed.


Note that this doesn’t block the channel from appearing in search results, only from your YouTube homepage. If you want to outright block channels, then you can go a step further.

I can’t find any reliable way to completely block a YouTube channel on the YouTube app for smartphones. However, on the desktop you can take advantage of the Video Blocker extension for Chrome, Firefox and Opera to block videos and channels.

This extension lets you completely block all videos from a channel or specific type of video and make them completely inaccessible like they were never uploaded to YouTube. They will not show up as recommendations, and even searching for the channel’s name will not show any results.

For demonstration purposes we will be using the extension on Chrome, although the same instructions will apply for Firefox and Opera as well. The basic blocking process is simple; as soon as you see a video from a channel that you don’t like, right-click on it and select “Block videos from this channel.” That should do it. All videos from that channel will be immediately removed from your sight.


However, when we tested this ourselves, the first time we tried using the above method, it didn’t work for us.

An alternative method using Video Blocker is to click the Video Blocker extension icon in Chrome, then click “Blocklist.” Here you can manage all your blocked videos. Go to “Add new” in the pane on the left to add channels to your blocklist manually. Once we did this the first time, it seemed to unlock the right-click method we outlined above.


Once you’re in the Video Blocker menu, there are quite a few options you can dabble with. When adding a new video to block, for instance, you’ll see three different options under the “Type” dropdown. Here’s what they mean.


  • Channel item: When this option is selected you need to enter the exact full name of the channel (case sensitive) where you would like to block the videos. It is better to copy/paste the channel’s name, but you can also type it yourself.
  • Wildcard: It is the same as the “Channel item” option, but it is not case sensitive. Any words entered here will be searched, and that channel will be blocked if the words match. This option is perfect for blocking multiple channels of the same type.
  • Keyword: This option filters all videos containing a specific keyword (not case sensitive). Just enter the keyword, and Video Blocker will filter all recommendations and searches containing that word in any order.

You can also add a password to Video Blocker to stop other users from adding or removing channels from the block list. However, this feature is not available in Firefox and Opera, and you can only use it in Chrome.

Click the Video Blocker extension icon and select “Options.”


In the Video Blocker menu click “Security” in the pane on the left, and you’ll see the option to set your password. It should be kept in mind that this will not prevent someone from deleting the Video Blocker extension, but if they do delete it, at least you know that someone tried to watch the content you blocked.


In addition to protection, Video Blocker also allows you to export and import your block list so you can use the extension on any PC without losing your block list.


Video Blocker works best in the hands of parents who are trying to protect their children from inappropriate content, although it can also be used for blocking annoying recommendations from channels you don’t like. If you know a similar solution for smartphones, share it with us in the comments below.

This article was first published in 2017 and was updated in March 2018.


          • sorry jeff, no it doesn’t. i did a search on the bk 10 knife and tried to block the “gideonstactical” channel. after refreshing the results from the video search page, it was still there. that never used to happen. it used to remove blocked channels from ANYWHERE on youtube so yeah, it’s still not working.

  1. You can block channels by using the vertical button in the upper right of the video listing. Select “Not Interested” After you do, you’ll get two options, “Undo”, and “Tell us why”. If you select “Tell us why”, you’ll get an option to be not interested in the entire channel.

  2. I can finaly block those annoying pieces of shit called MrBossFTW and NoughtPointFourLive (so called GTA V YouTubers).

  3. After firefox 57 and latest youtube experience (aug. 2017) it’s not working anymore. Video Blocker was great because it allowed me to block videos without logging in (and being tracked and monitored by yt/google…)

  4. I’m using the iTubeList app on Ipad. You create playlists or use someone else’s and you (or your kid) can only play the selected playlists.

  5. This stopped working when youtube rolled out the new view. Word on the the internet streets is that they paid off the guy who wrote that add on for his promise to not update it. I guess money in hand was more viable for him than hoping for donations, and he sold out.

    • It still works with material layout (last version) as well as with classic layout (previous version: 5.2.5). As most people have said that new layout sucks, there’s a button as well as another scripts which alllows to use previous youtube layout. So stop spreading rumours.
      And there’s another addon known as keyword blocker. So……

  6. I use FlashBlock and the excellent uBlock on my Firefox Browser. They stop all automatic videos from playing. Problem solved.

    However, lately I’ve come across another annoyance that I can’t seem to avoid: i go onto a webpage with a flash video.. Say a news story. My apps block it from playing. If I skim over it and scan down the page, the video shrinks to about 2/3 size and without playing, it lodges itself in the bottom right corner of my viewing screen, often obliterating some of the text etc that I was reading. You can click on the red X in the upper right corner of the video and it obligingly is deleted and you can finish reading without the obstruction.. unless you go back to the upper part of the article and Bingo! It’s back.

    What idiot decided that this is a functional behavior for a web page? More imprtantly, how can you stop it?

    • Another idiot thing that webpages like to do now (including this one) it to put a floating banner (usually containing a menu) across the top, taking up valuable screen real estate from the content. Web browsers work so hard to minimize every vertical pixel taken up with their navigational controls, and then the website goes and squanders it like this. *Idiotic!*

  7. So is there really no way to block content on YT? I genuinely can’t quite believe it although everywhere I’m searching seems to be suggesting that’s the case. Remarkable. I’m utterly shocked.

    The amount of sexually explicit / graphically violent content that is on YT that is specifically aimed at children and disguised as kids content cannot be proactively stopped from being shown?

    Every single site I use allows me to mute/block/ignore content I don’t want to see. Google’s YouTube doesn’t have this. Am I understanding that correctly?

    • In hindsight, Google is probably going to be remembered for willfully adding to childhood trauma. Their sense pff responsibility in this case is awful. I don’t know a single parent who have a good opinion on Youtube._

  8. the firefox video blocker doesn’t work for crap. the videos from the blacklisted channels are STILL showing up! it’s as worthless as it not being there in the first place.

  9. app does not work on opera. why don’t i just swap to chrome? because my mam and i share the same computer and both of us have gmail. it was too much of a bother to keep swapping accounts, especially since she likes to keep some of her email tabs open, so i have my own browser.

  10. Initially, it didn’t work for me. It took several attempts and it finally did. I apologize for not being able to tell you what steps to follow –I was so annoyed I clicked everywhere and logged in and out for a while until it worked. Perhaps log in and out and also make sure you’re using the tool correctly (i.e. channel is case sensitive whereas wildcard is not)? Also, none of it works on YouTube Gaming site.

  11. FYI
    YouTube on Chrome doesn’t show the 3 dots next to video name or channel name as shown in the first picture of this article. There is no way to block a whole channel’s videos or an individual video through YouTube’s own site. What an irresponsible company practice.

  12. Update 3 minutes after first comment:
    There is a 3 dot link next to some videos but what options show up are:
    ‘Add to Watch List’
    ‘Add to Playlist’
    I want more control over what is shoved in my own face, and more important what my children/grandchildren are seeing even if it’s in passing since they may be in room with me while I may be watching a music video or instructional video about cooking. The craziest stuff comes up in suggestions that have not a thing to do with my previous viewings.

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