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How to block YouTube channels on computer or mobile devices

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Outlines how to block YouTube channels, with step-by-step instructions for 3 methods to block on computers or mobile devices.

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We spend a lot of time on YouTube, and it is by far the most popular video sharing service in the world. The more time you spend on YouTube, the greater the chance you will come across a channel that you just can’t stand. By default, there is no intuitive way to block a YouTube channel that you don’t like, but there are several ways you.

As you probably already know, YouTube automatically recommends videos based on your search history and previously visited videos and channels. While the feature has improved dramatically in recent years, it’s still far from perfect. No algorithm will ever be as good as the content you receive yourself. Maybe you disagree with a Youtuber’s opinion on a certain topic, or maybe the account is for your children and you’re trying to prevent them from seeing NSFW content.

How to block YouTube channels: 3 methods

how to block youtube channels

Thankfully, there are several ways you can block certain channels, but none of them are obvious. Below is a collection of methods that you can use to block YouTube channels and can also be used for how to block YouTube videos.

How to block YouTube channels: Method 1 – YouTube video recommendations are rejected

The first logical step would be to try YouTube’s internal ability to block channels. We say this partly because there is no easy way to block channels on YouTube. You can only prevent certain videos from appearing on your recommended feed. If you combine some videos from the channel that you want to avoid, YouTube will no longer recommend videos from that channel to you.

You can decline a YouTube video recommendation by clicking the three-dot icon next to the video thumbnail. From there, click Not Interested. After that, repeat the process with some other videos from this channel and you will never see videos from this channel again.

Method 2 – Using the Video Blocker Extension in Chrome, Opera, or FireFox

This method is by far the most efficient way to block a YouTube channel. To this day, it’s still the only way to completely block channels on YouTube. You can use this extension to block content in three different ways. You can block them either by channel, by keyword, or by wildcard.

All content that is blocked by the video blocker will be completely removed from your YouTube account. When you finish using the method below, you will no longer be able to find content from these particular channels in the recommendation bar. What’s more, the channel won’t be visible even if you search for it.

The following steps were done in Chrome , but things are the same in Firefox and Opera .

  • Open your web browser and go to the “Extension” tab. Note: In Chrome, click the action button (three dots), go to More Tools, and click Extensions .
  • Scroll all the way down and tap Get More Extensions. Note: In Firefox, go to Settings , click Extensions and look for Video Blocker.
  • Find Video Blocker and tap on Add To Chrome. After that, make sure you click Add Extension so that you can grant the appropriate permissions.
  • You will know that the Video Blocker extension is fully installed when you get a notification in the top right corner.

With Video Blocker installed, you can easily block a channel by right-clicking any video and selecting Block Videos From That Channel.

If you want to give this channel a second chance, you can simply remove it from the blacklist. Just tap the Video Blocker icon in the top right corner. From there, go to the Add tab and click the X next to the channel you just blocked.

You can also use the Add tab to add more channels that will be blocked. Just enter the exact name and hit the + button. Make sure you enter the same name with the correct spaces or it won’t work.

Block multiple YouTube channels with video blocker

If you need to block multiple channels, you can streamline the whole process. You can block multiple YouTube channels at the same time by creating a JSON file and importing it into the Video Blocker extension.

You can use almost any text editor that can save JSON files. We used Notepad++. To block multiple files with Video Blocker, please follow the steps below:

  • Download Notepad ++ or an equivalent text editor.
  • Create a new text file and add the following block of code:
  • [{key: name, type: channel},
  • {key: name, type: channel},
  • {key: name, type: channel},
  • {key: name, Type: channel},
  • {key: name, type: channel},]
  • On each line, change the name for each channel you want to block. If 5 entries are not enough, create as many lines as you need. Just make sure your line of code starts and ends with].
  • When you have finished creating the list, go to File and click Save As .
  • Name your file whatever you want, but save it with the JSON extension.
  • Now switch to Chrome and click on the Video Blocker extension. From there, click the Import button .
  • Click Choose File and wait for the list you created earlier to import.
  • Now return to the Add tab of the Video Blocker extension. The list should be visible there.

Method 3 – blocking a YouTube user

Haters are everywhere and YouTube is no different. If you are unlucky that a user is constantly hating in your comment section, the easy way to silence them is to silence them.

While this won’t exactly block your channel, it will do a good job of silencing it. If videos from that particular user appear on your recommended list, make sure you follow Method 1 and remove recommendations from that channel.

The steps to block a YouTube user differ from platform to platform, but we’ll cover both desktop and mobile devices (Android and iOS).

How to block YouTube channels on computer

  • With the YouTube web version open, find the user you want to block.
  • Once you’re on that channel, click on the About section.
  • Look for the flag icon.
  • If you can’t see it in the upper right pane, look near the total number of views in the lower right pane.
  • Click Block User.
  • Now confirm your selection by clicking on Send.

How to block YouTube on iPad and mobile devices (Android and iOS)

If you want to block a user through your mobile app, you can easily do so using the steps below. You cannot comment on any of your posts, but you may still find some videos from this channel on your recommended bar. If you want to prevent that from happening, follow Method 1. To block YouTube users from Android or iOS:

  • Launch the YouTube app and look for the channel you want to block.
  • Tap the channel and expand the action button.
  • Now tap on Block User and confirm your selection by pressing Block again .

Method 4: using restricted mode

In restricted mode, this hides videos that were previously marked by users for inappropriate content. YouTube also uses various other signals like description, video title, and community guidelines to identify problematic videos. If you want to get rid of questionable YouTube content, this might be your best choice.

If English is not your first language, don’t worry, this mode is available in many different languages. It’s also a safe way to allow your kids to watch YouTube.

  • You can enable the restricted mode by tapping the user icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  • From there, click on Restricted Mode.
  • After you activate it, YouTube will automatically filter the content according to various guidelines.