While you may find it easy to work your way around YouTube on your desktop and smartphone, navigating it on your Smart TV can be a bit tricky. Sometimes, even more so when you need to use the functions you rarely ever require. One such rarely-used option is ‘blocking’ a YouTube channel. Today, we will show you how you can block YouTube channels on your Smart TV.
Blocking unwanted YouTube channels is a nice way to keep your feed curated to your liking.
It may also come in handy if you want to keep your feed kid-friendly. ‘Blocking’ on YouTube doesn’t quite work the same way as it does on other social media platforms. While you will never see the blocked content on your personal YouTube feed, you may still encounter it on other websites.
Here’s how you can block YouTube channels from appearing on your Smart TV
While some Smart TVs let you report offensive content on YouTube, the option of blocking a YouTube Channel can still be inaccessible. Luckily, there is a quick workaround that’ll keep certain channels blocked on your Smart TV.
You will, however, require another device for this process.
Step 1: Sign in to YouTube on your Laptop or Phone with the YouTube account you use on your Smart TV.
Step 2: Visit the page of the YouTube Channel you wish to block.
Step 3a: If you’re using the YouTube app on your phone, click on the ellipses at the top right end of your screen and hit the ‘Block user’ button.
Step 3b: If you’re using the YouTube website on your laptop, go to the ‘About’ section on the YouTube channel and click on the small flag that appears on the right side of your screen below the stats graphic. Click ‘Block user’.
Step 4: Log in to YouTube using your Smart TV. The changes you made to your account will apply across all devices you log in using that account. As a result, you will not be able to view the blocked channel on your Smart TV.
If you’re interested, there are other ways of restricting content on your device instead of blocking it. Whenever you come across an undesired video, simply click on the ellipses on the video icon and select ‘Not Interested’. You will also find several other options like flagging the content as offensive. The YouTube algorithm will make sure you do not see videos from that content creator in the future.
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