How to Block Annoying, Unhelpful YouTube Channels

How to Block Annoying, Unhelpful YouTube Channels

Have you ever visited YouTube and been bombarded by suggestions from channels you have absolutely no interest in? Chances are that you have if you've ever used the site. These channels can constantly show up as suggested and related regardless of your level of interest in them, but we’re here to help.

There is a great add-on for Chrome that has recently added a Firefox version as well. Sorry to all 3 of the Internet Explorer readers out there, I have yet to find a similar add-on that will do the same thing for you. In short it allows you to specify YouTube channels that you want to block from view and they will never show up again. This is NOT the same functionality as the native YouTube block feature.

Install Video Blocker on Chrome

Follow this link and download the extension for Chrome by clicking on the “Free” button.

How to Block Annoying, Unhelpful YouTube Channels

When the “Confirm New Extension” box pops up, be sure to click on “Add”. Once it has been installed, you can block channels in one of two ways.

The Quick Method

Find the thumbnail for a video, any video, made by this channel. Right click on it and select “Block Videos From this Channel”. That’s it!

How to Block Annoying, Unhelpful YouTube Channels

The Longer Method (Also: How to Restore a Blocked Channel)

Under the Chrome Menu button in the upper right corner of the browser, select Settings. From there, click How to Block Annoying, Unhelpful YouTube Channelson Extensions and under “Video Blocker” click on “Options”. If you have a TON of channels you dislike, you can actually load them via a .csv, but If you are really that heated about hundreds of channels I’ll let you go figure out how to do that bit yourself. To do it one at a time, click on the plus button.

Type the channel name into the box provided and click “Add”. One thing to note here, everything you enter is case-sensitive, so videos from a channel named 'VAVO' will not be hidden when you add 'vavo'. The same goes when using the wildcard feature, which blocks multiple channels containing the same text string.

So whether you like it long or short, this is a quick and easy method to remove a channel from your sight forever. (or until YouTube makes a major update and breaks the extension, which happened yet thanks to constant updates from the creator)


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Andy Smith is the host of ReelSEO's "Behind the Reel" show. He has been exploring what makes YouTube and its creators tick, on his own YouTube channel, since 2010. View All Posts By -

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