YouTube 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.
Control What Appears on Your YouTube 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, 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.
How to Block YouTube Channels
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.
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 (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 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, such a solution for the YouTube app for smartphones, and in most cases, kids watch YouTube videos on smartphones and tablets couldn’t be found. If you know a similar solution for smartphones, share with us in the comments below.
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