If you are an avid YouTube user, you know that it doesn’t offer any option to block channels from showing up in your searches or recommendations. You may not like a channel’s content being recommended to you, but YouTube will still recommend it just because you searched for something related to it. This is especially bad for kids as the innocent souls may have no idea what they are clicking on and may end up opening a video that isn’t appropriate for them.
YouTube may not be able to help in this matter, but there is a third-party solution that can help you block channels and videos. In this article we will show you how you can block YouTube Channels and videos on your desktop.
How to Block YouTube Channels
I didn’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 videos 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.
Blocking Channels with Video Blocker
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’s it. All videos from that channel will be immediately removed from your sight.
Block Specific Types of Videos and Channels
Video Blocker also lets you manually add channels and keywords to block all videos and channels containing those words. To do so click on the Video Blocker extension button and move to the “Add” section. Here you will see three ways to block channels and videos: “Channel item,” “Wildcard” and “Keyword.”
- Channel item: When this option is selected you need to enter the exact full name of the channel (it’s 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 in the display name of the channel, 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 on the Video Blocker extension icon, and select “Settings.” At the bottom of the settings you can add a password to protect Video Blocker. 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. Unfortunately, I didn’t find such a solution for the YouTube app for smartphones, and in most cases, kids watch YouTube videos on smartphones and tablets. If you know a similar solution for YouTube for smartphones, share with us in the comments below.