Your YouTube home page doesn’t just contain videos from the channels that you are subscribed to. YouTube curates your home feed with video recommendations from different creators on the platform. While these recommendations are based on your watching activity, sometimes they can be way off the mark. In this article, we bring you 6 easy ways to block a YouTube channel from your recommendations and suggested feed.
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Stop the channel from appearing in your recommendations
Step 1: Launch the YouTube app on your smartphone.
Step 2: Once you see a video from a Channel that you don’t want appearing in your feel again, tap on the ellipses (three dots) next to it.
Step 3: Select ‘Don’t recommend channel’.
Videos from the selected Channel will stop showing up on your YouTube feed. If you want the Channel to stop showing up in search results as well, follow the methods below.
Filter a channel from search results
If you keep seeing a YouTube Channel at the top of search results and don’t find their content useful, you can easily filter them out. Simply add the minus sign next to your search query and type in the name of the channel. For example: “best crafts to do at home -5 minute crafts”. This will ensure that videos from the channel ‘5 Minute Crafts’ do not show up in the search results.
Block the YouTube channel on a PC
The easiest way to stop seeing video recommendations from a certain channel on your feed is by blocking it. This will ensure that the videos from that channel don’t appear in your search results or get suggested to you by the YouTube algorithm. However, you will still be able to see their YouTube videos on external sites. Here’s how you can block a YouTube channel on a PC.
Step 1: Open YouTube on your PC’s web browser.
Step 2: Go to the YouTube Channel’s page.
Step 3: Switch to the ‘About’ tab and click on the small flag on the right side of the screen.
Step 4: Select ‘Block user’.
Block the YouTube channel on the app
Step 1: Launch the Youtube app on your smartphone.
Step 2: Go to the YouTube Channel you want to block.
Step 3: Tap on the ellipses at the top right corner of the screen and tap on ‘Block user’.
Block a YouTube Channel from Google Search results
If you want to go one step further and stop a particular YouTube channel from appearing on Google Search results as well, the Filter Anything Everywhere extension will come in handy. This extension tool blocks certain content from appearing on Google searches. All you need to do is enter the name of the YouTube channel into the extension and it will filter it out of every search result.
Block YouTube channels from appearing on your Smart TV feed
Blocking content on the YouTube app for your Smart TV can be a bit tricky. There is no direct way to block a YouTube channel on your TV. However, you can get around this issue by logging into the YouTube account (the one you use on your TV) on your phone or PC and blocking the YouTube channel by following the steps mentioned earlier in this article. The changes will apply to your Smart TV as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I control YouTube recommendations?
You can control the suggested content on your YouTube feed by tapping the ellipses next to the video and selecting ‘Not Interested’ or ‘Don’t recommend channel’. The former option takes your feedback and reduces the frequency of that particular channel appearing on your feed while the latter entirely blocks it.
What are YouTube recommendations based on?
While YouTube doesn’t make its algorithm public, the videos that it suggests to you are based on the kind of content you watch regularly. YouTube also suggests videos that are popular across the world.
Where do I find YouTube recommendations?
You can find suggested videos on your YouTube home page or in the ‘Up Next’ section while watching a video.
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These are the top 6 ways to block YouTube channels from recommendations. If you find a channel posting inappropriate content that violates the ToS, report it to YouTube. You can do so by reporting a particular video by tapping the ellipses and selecting ‘Report’ or reporting the channel altogether.
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