How To Block Channels on YouTube [All You Need To Know]

Deyan Georgiev
Deyan Georgiev

Updated · Jul 29, 2022

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YouTube has vastly improved its curating ability so it can recommend content based on our interests. However, random videos still pop up on our feed every now and then.

But is there a way to control these recommendations? 

Fortunately, yes!

Let me show you how to block channels on YouTube and manage what your kids watch as well. 

How To Block Channels on YouTube?

Well, you’ll be glad to know there are two ways to do it. 

You can either block the user or the video recommendations from their channel.

The difference is that by doing the former, that person won’t be able to comment on the videos you upload.

Let’s see how to block specific YouTube channels across different devices.

On the Web on a Computer

Blocking the content from a YouTube channel on your desktop is a fairly easy process. If you want to get rid of a recommended video, just follow the steps below:

  1. Open a browser and go to YouTube.
  2. Select a video and hover over it with your mouse so that the three-dot menu pops up.
  3. Click on the three dots near the video title and select the Don’t recommend channel option.

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Voila! You won’t hear from this channel ever again unless you unblock it. 

We’ll show you how to do that as well.

But first, let’s see how to ban a YouTube channel from commenting on your videos.

To do so, follow the next steps:

  1. Open a browser and go to YouTube.
  2. Find the channel via the Search Box and visit their profile.
  3. Once you’re in, tap on the About section.
  4. Click on the Flag icon and select Block user from the drop-down menu.
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  5. Confirm your choice, and this user won’t bother you anymore!
    submit blocking PC

Doing so will not only restrict their comments but also hide their content from your feed.

Nowadays, a lot of us watch videos on our phones and tablets. Therefore, learning how to block stuff on YouTube on a mobile device is essential.

So, let’s find out!

In a Browser on a Smartphone

If you’re watching YouTube from a browser on your smartphone, that’s a bit odd. 

However, I’ll show you how to blacklist YouTube channels with the instructions below. Just note that you can’t block a user completely from a browser. You can only tell YouTube not to recommend this channel.

  1. Open a browser on your mobile device and go to m.youtube.com.
  2. Select a video from your feed that you don’t want to see anymore. Or find the channel you wish to block by searching for it via the Magnifying glass icon next to your avatar.
  3. Tap on the three-dot menu next to a video and select Don’t recommend channel.

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However, if you wish to completely ban a YouTube channel, you must use the app and follow the next steps.

In the YouTube App on Android, iPhone, or iPad

The app lets you fully explore YouTube and all its features. So, getting rid of annoying videos and channels is also possible. Now, let’s see how to block channels on the YouTube app

If you want YouTube to only stop recommending the channel, do the following:

  1. Open the YouTube app.
  2. Tap on the three dots next to a video and select the Don’t recommend channel option.

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This will block videos from the user but won’t prevent them from commenting on your content.

To completely block a channel, follow these steps:

  1. Open the YouTube app.
  2. Find the channel via the Magnifying glass icon or tap on it from your feed.
  3. Select the three-dot menu in the upper right corner and tap on Block user.

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Confirm your choice to block both the videos and comments from this profile.

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How to Unblock a YouTube Channel

It’s pretty easy to block YouTube channels from appearing on your feed. But how do you unblock them? 

Let’s find out!

On the Web on a Computer

Here’s how you can do it on your desktop PC:

  1. Open a browser and go to www.youtube.com.
  2. Find the channel you wish to unblock and go to its About section.
  3. Select the Flag icon and click on the Unblock user option.
    unblock user PC browser
  4. Confirm your choice, and you’ll start getting recommended videos from this channel. The user will also be able to comment on your videos again.
    confirm unblock PC

Another way to get blocked content back is by deleting the “Not interested” feedback from your Google Activity log.

Google stores this information every time you select Not interested from the three-dot menu of a video. This lets YouTube know not to show you this channel’s videos.

If you block a YouTube video by tapping Not interested, it’ll be added to this list. To remove it from there, follow the instructions below:

  1. Open a browser and go to your Google Activity.
  2. On the left-hand side, select Other Google Activity.
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  3. Scroll down until you find the YouTube “Not Interested” feedback section.
  4. Select Delete and confirm your choice to retrieve the blocked content.
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YouTube will now recommend this channel once again.

In a Browser on a Smartphone

There’s no way to completely block a user from a browser on a mobile device. Therefore, you can not unblock them from there either.

However, you can delete the Not interested feedback section by following these steps:

  1. Open a browser and go to Google Activity.
  2. Select the Hamburger menu in the top left corner.
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  3. Select Other Google Activity.
    other google activity mobile

  4. Scroll down until you find YouTube “Not interested” feedback and delete it.
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In the YouTube App on Android, iPhone, or iPad

Now that you’ve learned how to blacklist on the YouTube app, let’s find out how to unblock channels.

  1. Open the YouTube app and go to the blocked user’s profile.
  2. Tap on the three dots in the top right corner and select Unblock user.
    unblock youtube app
  3. Confirm your choice, and you’re good to go.
    unblock mobile app confirm

How to Block YouTube Channels on YouTube Kids

YouTube Kids was released in early 2015, and it stormed the internet with various content for children. However, parents could find certain videos inappropriate for their kids. Therefore, blocking a channel on YouTube Kids could prove quite handy.

You can do it by following the steps below:

  1. Open YouTube Kids in a web browser.
  2. Find the channel via the Search Box on top of the page or browse your feed.
  3. Select it and click on the three-dot menu near the Subscribe button.
  4. Click on the Block this channel option.

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The steps above show you how to block entire channels. 

However, if you wish to only block a specific YouTube video, follow these instructions:

  1. Open YouTube Kids and select a video from your feed.
  2. Click on the three dots near its title and select the Block this video option.

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Wrap Up

Knowing how to stop a YouTube channel from appearing in your feed can be really useful. From getting rid of annoying channels to monitoring the content your kid watches.

Although it’s an easy process, you could face some difficulties, especially on a mobile device. Luckily, knowing how to block channels on YouTube, you now have complete control over your experience.

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Deyan Georgiev

Deyan Georgiev

Deyan has been fascinated by technology his whole life. From the first Tetris game all the way to Falcon Heavy. Working for TechJury is like a dream come true, combining both his passions – writing and technology. In his free time (which is pretty scarce, thanks to his three kids), Deyan enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Always with a few chargers and a couple of gadgets in the backpack. He makes mean dizzying Island Paradise cocktails too.

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