How To Block YouTube Channels
Ever come across a channel you just can’t stand on YouTube? If you’ve ever had the thought to block that one channel that gets on your nerves, you probably were quick to notice that you don’t really have that option on YouTube, or at least, not outright. That being said, there are ways to get around YouTube’s natural limitations. If videos from a certain channel are coming up as suggestions, it’s either because you’ve searched or watched something related to it, or because Google and YouTube. So whether the recommended channels are annoying you or you have younger children that have been aimlessly clicking around on YouTube, you’ll need to bring in a third-party to help you block YouTube channels or videos.
One caveat, though, is that if you’re looking to block YouTube channels or videos from your smartphone, there doesn’t seem to be a way to do so just yet. On the other hand, if you have a desktop, you’ll be able to use the ‘Video Blocker’ extension for Chrome and Firefox browsers. This application has been updated to work with newer versions of YouTube as well, which means once you’re up and running, you can work on blocking all videos from channels you don’t like. Once you’ve downloaded this extension, you’ll then be able to entirely block either specific or all videos from a channel and make them inaccessible. It’ll basically be like they never even existed! These videos won’t show up on your YouTube recommendations and if you (or someone who’s using your account) searches for them, they just won’t appear.
Some readers have informed us that Video Blocker doesn’t work on their account, so if you do run into issues, feel free to supplement this app with a newer version, YouTube Recommended Blocker, available here. As with all third-party Chrome extensions, use at your own risk.
Blocking all videos from a channel
If you’re using Video Blocker on either Chrome, Firefox or Opera, it’s fairly straightforward to block all videos from a given channel. When you see a video on YouTube that you want to block, you right-click on the video and select the option “block videos from this channel”. Once that’s clicked, all videos from that channel will be automatically removed. It’s really just that simple.
On the other hand, if you don’t want to block the entire channel but perhaps only a selected amount of videos then you’ll have to manually block those videos and/or channels. More on that below.
Blocking specific videos and channels
With Video Blocker, you’ll be able to select specific videos or channels that you want to remove from your recommendation list or search bar. You can manually add keywords and channels to block all videos/channels that contain that specific keyword. To do this, you’ll need to click on your Video Blocker extension button that’ll be on the right-hand corner of your browser. Go to “add” and it’ll give you three options of blocking channels and videos: “Keyword,” “Wildcard” and Channel item.”
By using the option keyword, you’ll be filtering out all videos and channels that contain that specific keyword. For example, if you put the word “jacksepticeye” into the keyword section, any videos that contain that word will be removed. You simply enter the keyword and Video Blocker will automatically remove anything containing that keyword.
You’ll see that wildcard is very similar to Channel item, however, is not case-sensitive. This meaning, it doesn’t differentiate between capital and lower-case letters. Any word that you place into wildcard will be blocked if the words match. If the word shows up in the display name of the channel or is searched under this word, it’s blocked. If you’re looking to block a number of channels that are the same, this is the best option.
This is ideal if you’re looking to block a channel that’s very specific. You’ll need to use the exact name of the channel because this is case-sensitive. Thus you’ll want to be careful about capital and lower-case letters. We recommend that you copy and paste the channel’s name. This isn’t a good option if you’re looking to block multiple channels, which if that’s the case, use wildcard.
How to Secure your Video Blocker (Chrome)
If one of the reasons you’re looking to block channels is for parental control, then you’ll probably going to have to secure your video blocker. Your children, if they’re using YouTube, already know how to access the internet. So, how are you going to keep your Video Blocker secure? Well, with Video Blocker, you can prevent others from removing your items from your block list by adding a password. To add a password to your Video Blocker, go to the extension on the right-hand side of your internet browser and select “Settings.” Scroll down the bottom of settings and you’ll be able to add a password. The password will prevent anyone from removing block videos and channels from your YouTube account.
Using YouTube’s Recommendation Engine
While using Video Blocker is recommended, it’s also a good idea to make sure that you’re utilizing the standard YouTube recommendation engine that allows you to fine-tune the videos and channels YouTube shows you when you’re browsing through content. YouTube allows you to fully customize your experience by using the triple-dotted icons around the interface, but if you’re unfamiliar with those, you’ll want to make sure you learn how to use them.
When you load the front page of YouTube, you’re greeted with a variety of content from both your own subscriptions, along with your standard recommendations from content you watch online. Typically, this content should be tuned to your own tastes, but if it isn’t, you can help Google out by using the menu icon within YouTube to dismiss recommended videos and channels wholesale.
Start by finding the video you don’t want in your recommended feed. This can be anywhere on the site, from the front page to the sidebar along videos that gives you recommendations on what to watch after the fact. Rolling over the video reveals a triple-dotted menu button that is often seen throughout Google’s products. Clicking on that icon brings up a list of options, including “Add to Watch Later,” “Add to Playlist,” and “Report.” However, we’re looking for the top option, which allows you to select “Not interested” Clicking on this removes the video thumbnail from your feed, then allows you to either undo the selection or tell YouTube your reason for removing the video. Always click on this option to get the best recommendations.
Selecting “Tell Us Why” gives you the option to select up to three distinct choices for unselecting the video. The first, “I’ve already watched this video,” let’s you deselect content you’ve already seen. The second and third, however, “I don’t like this video” and “I’m not interested in this channel,” allow you to fine-tune your recommendations on YouTube, controlling the channel and video recommendations and allowing you to shut down content you might not want to see pop-up in your feed.
Use YouTube’s Incognito Feature
Finally, we have to give a shout-out to YouTube’s Incognito feature, which rolled out earlier in 2018 to help users watch content they may not want influencing their normal recommendations. The feature is able to be accessed on both smartphones and on your desktop computer, though each option has a different method of taking care of that. Let’s take a quick look at both.
On smartphones, start by opening up the app on your iPhone or Android device, then tapping on your user profile icon in the top-right corner of the display. This loads your account settings, where you can view all sorts of settings and options. Near the bottom of the menu is the ability to “Turn on incognito;” select this, and you’ll get a notification that you’re not in incognito mode. This allows you to view content without using your YouTube profile. However, it should be noted that, if you’re a YouTube Premium subscriber, you will have ads in this mode, an unfortunate reality to what is, essentially, signing out of your account. Incognito mode turns off by itself after a period of interactivity, or you can turn it off by diving back into your account settings.
On desktop, it’s a little more complicated. Start by going into your Watch History, which you’ll find on the left-side menu icon. From here, you can use the right-side menu panel to either clear your watch history, or pause it. Select Pause, and YouTube will warn you that pausing your viewing history will make it more difficult to tune your recommendations, and you won’t be able to find content you’ve watched previously. If this is okay with you, select Pause once more to finish the process. YouTube will begin pausing your entire viewing history, an option that can be turned off by heading back into your settings menu to disable the pause on your account. Unlike incognito mode on the YouTube app, this doesn’t turn itself off, nor does it remove your YouTube Premium benefits if you have them.
Video Blocker is one of the best ways if you’re trying to protect your loved ones from inappropriate content on YouTube or if you’re annoyed by all the recommendations that you don’t want to watch. And of course, with the options provided by YouTube’s recommendation tuning and incognito mode, you can always take control of your content to change how it works on your phone, desktop, or television. Give it a whirl and take control of your YouTube experience!