How To Block Specific Subreddits
Reddit, also known as the front page of the internet, is one of the biggest and most frequented sites on the interwebs. Like all other sites with user-generated content, it has its fair share of not-so-appropriate content. So what to do when an unsavory post gets upvoted and appears on your r/all list?
Back in the day, blocking subreddits that weren’t your cup of tea was a piece of cake. Nowadays, Reddit users need to dig deeper to reclaim the sovereignty of their r/all feeds.
The Way Things Used to Be…
Back in the day before Reddit got a total makeover, users could filter their feeds pretty easily. Blocking specific subreddits was a piece of cake, with the option readily available on the r/all page. All you needed to do to get a bothersome subreddit off your feed was enter its name into the search box labeled filter subreddit, click the + icon – and you’d be done.
However, in 2018, after more than 12 months of development and testing, Reddit rolled out the redesigned site. It was the first major visual overhaul of the site in more than a decade. With the new design came the sleeker graphics and some other changes. The r/all page lost the filter subreddit search box.
At the time of this writing, Reddit’s default view is the new one. However, nostalgic users can switch back to the old view that’s moved to https://old.reddit.com. All the new posts are being posted there for the time being. If you register an account on the new site, you’ll be able to use it on the old site, as well.
The old site is just the way it was before the redesign, including the filter subreddit search box on the r/all page. You can test it and type in the name of a subreddit you’d like to banish from your feed. It will disappear from your old Reddit feed. However, the subreddit you block on the old site won’t be blocked on the new one.
Therefore, it might seem that the users of the new Reddit site are left helpless against the subreddits they don’t want in their feeds. However, that’s not entirely true. Let’s see how you can banish the unwanted communities from your r/all feed.
How to Block Subreddits Nowadays
With the filter subreddit search box gone from the feed, there’s pretty much nothing a regular user can do to expel the unwanted content that’s been upvoted by the community. This is true for the desktop version of the site and for the native mobile apps.
But, not all is lost for those who don’t want to use third-party apps and extensions – they can switch to Reddit Premium. The premium version of the site or app, depending on the platform you’re using, will allow you to block specific subreddits from the r/all feed.
To upgrade to Premium membership, click on the little downward-facing triangle next to your avatar (upper-right corner of the browser window) and then click on the User Settings option. Next, click on the Reddit Premium tab and click the Get Premium link. Click on the Get Reddit Premium button on the next page and select your payment option. Follow the rest of the instructions.
When you’ve completed the upgrade, go to the r/all page and start slamming the block hammer. The process is largely the same as on the old version of Reddit.
Native Mobile Apps
When it comes to blocking specific subreddits, mobile users are out of luck, just like their desktop/laptop comrades. There’s no option to use block hammer on either the Android or iOS version of the Reddit app. What they can do is upgrade to Reddit Premium and use their computer browser to weed out the unwanted subreddits.
To upgrade via mobile, download and install the Reddit app. Launch the app from the Home screen of your device. Tap on your avatar (it is in the upper-left corner on Android) and tap on the Reddit Premium tab. Tap on the Get Premium button and follow the instructions.
Aside from the ability to block subreddits, Premium membership will allow you to buy Reddit Gold, the onsite currency you can use in interaction with other users and their content. Finally, Reddit will stop showing you ads. The monthly fee is $5.99, and once bought, Reddit Premium will be available on all devices you use.
If you want to reclaim your r/all feed but you’re reluctant to pay Reddit your hard earned money, you can use one of several browser extensions. Our favorite is Reddit Enhancement Suite. The app is available for Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Safari.
For the purposes of this article, we’ve used the Google Chrome version. What’s best about this extension is that there are numerous tips and tutorials on how to use it on Reddit. Download and install the extension. Now, let’s see how to hide a troublesome subreddit from your r/all feed.
- Open your browser.
- Go to https://www.reddit.com.
- Click on the RES extension button. A drop-down menu will appear.
- Click on Options. Depending on the version, you might see a cog icon. Click on it.
- Reddit Enhancement Suite’s page will open up. Click on the filterReddit tab in the menu on the left side.
- Toggle the filterReddit (filterReddit) option on.
- Next, scroll down to the Subreddits section.
- Check the +add filter button in the lower-left corner of the box.
- Enter the subreddit you’d like to see no more.
- If there are other subreddits you want to block, repeat the steps 8 and 9.
- When you’re done, scroll up and click on the Save options button.
Stand Your Ground
With the new layout and design, Reddit decided to claim the r/all feed. However, users not willing to take whatever’s served on the feed can still reclaim their independence from Reddit’s algorithm. Available options include paying for the Premium membership and installing third-party apps.
What are your experiences with unsavory content on Reddit? How do you go about it? Do you report posts and posters or do you block entire subreddits? Tell us more in the comments below.