2 Ways to Block YouTube Channels on Desktop and Mobile

If you have your YouTube search history on, or if you’re using YouTube while being logged into your Google account, chances are its algorithm has picked up on your preferences and is recommending content based on it. However, there might be videos that you accidentally clicked on and now wish to remove from this list. To do that, you can block those YouTube channels.

How to Block YouTube Channels

There are two ways to block a YouTube channel. By removing them from your feed, you can scroll through your YouTube homepage without seeing videos from that particular channel. However, to remove the channel from your search results as well, you will need to completely block the channel. Let’s have a look at how to do both using the YouTube desktop and mobile app.

Method 1: Block a YouTube Channel From Appearing on Your Feed

If you simply want to block a YouTube channel from appearing on your feed, soft-ban the channel using the don’t recommend channel option. This will ensure that the videos from this channel stop appearing on your home page, while still viewing the YouTube channel from search results. Here’s how to do it.

Using Web Browser

Step 1: Open Youtube on your web browser.

Step 2: Either scroll through the page to look for a video from the relevant channel or use the search bar to look for it.

Step 3: Then, go to the video and click on the three-dot icon.

Step 4: Here, click on ‘Don’t recommend channel’.

Click on three-dot icon & on don't recommend

This will stop YouTube from recommending you videos from this channel in your feed. Also, if you’ve accidentally blocked the wrong channel, click on Undo without leaving the page.

Click on Undo

This will make the channel visible on your feed once again. You can also check our guide if you’re having trouble loading your YouTube feed.

Using YouTube Mobile App

Step 1: Open the YouTube mobile app.

Step 2: Here, find a video uploaded by the relevant channel or use the search bar to look for the channel separately.

Step 3: Then, tap on the three-dot icon underneath the video.

Step 4: Select ‘Don’t recommend channel’.

This will make sure that videos from this channel do not appear on your YouTube feed. If you want to immediately unblock a YouTube channel, you can tap on Undo.

Tap on Undo

This will unblock the channel. However, once this option disappears, you will have to use your Google account’s settings to unblock the channel. Read on to know how to do it.

Tip: If you’re having trouble getting the YouTube Android app to load, check out these easy ways to fix YouTube app crashing on Android.

Unblock YouTube Channels From Appearing on Your Feed

Because there is no direct way of doing it, you will instead need to use your Google account’s activity tab to unblock the channels that you have previously blocked from appearing on your feed. Follow the below steps.

Note: Doing this will unblock all the channels you have previously blocked from appearing on your feed.

Step 1: Open the Google My Activity page.

Step 2: From the menu options, click on Other activity.

Click on Other Google activity

Step 3: Then, scroll down to the ‘YouTube “Not interested” feedback’ section.

Step 4: Here, click on Delete.

Click on Delete

Step 5: Again, click on Delete.

Click on Delete

This will unblock all the YouTube channels previously banned from your feed.

Method 2: Block a Channel on YouTube by Using Block User Option

Sometimes, even the channels currently blocked from appearing on your feed will end up appearing in your search results. So, to stop a YouTube channel from appearing in search results, you can individually block the channel. This will also stop the channel from leaving comments on your uploaded videos.

Here’s how to do it:

Using Web Browser

Step 1: Open YouTube and click on the search bar.

Step 2: Type the name of the channel that you want to block and press enter.

Use the search bar to find the channel

Step 3: Click on the channel once it appears.

Click on the channel

Step 4: From the menu options, click on About.

Step 5: Here, scroll down and click on the Flag icon. Now, select Block user.

Click on About then Flag & click on Block user

Step 6: Click on Submit to confirm.

Click on Submit

This will block the channel from appearing in your search results. Now, if you ever need to unblock the blocked channel, simply follow the above steps and after clicking on the Flag icon, click on Unblock. Then, click on Submit. This will instantly unblock the channel.

Using YouTube App on Android and iPhone

Step 1: Open the YouTube mobile app and tap on the search icon.

Step 2: Then, type the name of the relevant channel and tap on search.

Step 3: From the search results, tap on the channel you wish to block.

Step 4: Here, tap on the three-dot icon in the top right corner.

Step 5: Then, tap on Block user.

Step 6: Tap on Block again to confirm.

This will block videos on YouTube from this channel. Alternatively, you can also follow the abovementioned steps to unblock a previously blocked channel. After opening the menu options, tap on Unblock, and then tap on Unblock again to confirm. This will unblock the channel and allow them to leave comments on your videos again.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can blocked YouTube channels see my videos?

Blocked channels on YouTube can see still your publically posted content. However, they will not be able to leave any comments on your videos.

2. Can you delete someone else’s YouTube channel?

While you cannot directly delete someone else’s YouTube channel, you can report the channel or submit a petition to Google to remove the channel. Google will then have a look at the case and take a call on whether the channel needs to be removed or not.

3. How many reports does it take to ban a YouTube channel?

Three consecutive Community Guidelines strikes within a 90-day window will lead Google to permanently ban and remove the YouTube channel.

See What You Want on YouTube

While the YouTube algorithm is certainly getting better at detecting what you might or might not like, there are always certain unwanted channels that manage to weasel their way in. So, we hope that our article helped in blocking these YouTube channels.

To further customize your YouTube experience, check out these simple ways to manage your YouTube recommendations.

Last updated on 12 April, 2023

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