YouTube recommendations are a great way to discover new channels and videos you might otherwise miss, but if there’s a channel you’re just not interested in and it keeps popping up in your recommendations, it can get quite annoying.
Fortunately, you can banish it for good. One option is to get rid of YouTube recommendations altogether. The other option, which we’ll explore in this post, is to use a browser extension that lets you block specific channels or topics.
How to Block Channels in YouTube Recommendations
The browser extension Video Blocker (Chrome, Firefox) makes it easy to block YouTube channels, topics, or even comments from appearing while you’re on YouTube. In addition to blocking channels from your recommendations, they won’t show up in your search results either.
Once you’ve installed the extension, head over to YouTube to start blocking channels:
- Search for a channel you don’t want to appear in your recommendations.
- Right click the channel thumbnail or a video thumbnail in your search results and click Block videos from this channel.
As videos from other channels appear in your recommendations or as you see them in your search results, you can just right click the thumbnail and block them.
To see the extension in action, check out this video:
To manage your list of blocked channels, click the extension button in Chrome and click Block List. This is where you go to delete channels from your block list, and you can also add channel names, keywords, and wildcards manually if you prefer.
So let’s say there’s a particular brand, topic, or even a public personality you just aren’t interested in seeing on YouTube. Just enter that as a keyword and it will no longer show up on YouTube.
The catch with this extension is that the content is blocked only in your browser. If you watch YouTube anywhere else, like on your smart TV or on your phone, those same recommendations will just come back.
If you use more than one computer, you can export your block list and import it into the extension on another computer.