2 Ways to Block YouTube Channels and Videos on Android TV and Phone

If you’re browsing YouTube on your Android TV, you might be scratching your head looking for a way to block a certain video or channel. Indeed, YouTube does not offer the blocking functionality natively on its TV application as it does on smartphones. Nevertheless, we have researched and found effective workarounds to resolve this issue. Read on as we explain the two main methods to block YouTube channels and videos on Android TV and phone in this explainer. Moreover, you can learn how to change YouTube playback speed on Android TV.

How to Block YouTube Channels and Videos on Android TV and Phone?

While YouTube provides a bunch of useful features for browsing content on smartphones and desktops, that’s not the case with Android TVs. YouTube app on Android TV offers a simple user interface where you can watch videos based on your recommendations, video history, and likes. However, there is no dedicated button to block irrelevant videos or channels on your timeline, which makes it difficult to manage unnecessary content. That being said, let’s take a detailed look at two effective workarounds to get rid of it.

On Android Smart TV

Below are two ways to block a YouTube channel or video on your smart TV.

Use app features Hide and block YouTube channel and video

If you want to remove a certain video related to a YouTube channel displayed on your app’s dashboard, you can use the app’s features to hide and block it easily. Here’s how:

1. Long press the desired video using the selection button on your Android TV remote to view related options.

2. Then press the Option Not interested to hide and block the selected video from your YouTube timeline.

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3. Finally, press the Do not recommend the channel option to remove future recommendations from the selected YouTube channel.

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That’s it! you have successfully deleted the desired YouTube video using the built-in features of the YouTube app for Android TV.

Enable Restricted Mode to Block Mature YouTube Videos

Another useful method to block YouTube channels and videos containing potentially mature content is to enable restricted mode. Once enabled, the YouTube algorithm will filter and block all mature videos displayed on your account. Follow these steps for an easy fix:

1. Expand the left sidebar of the YouTube app for Android TV and tap the icon Settings option.

2. Then navigate to the Restricted mode and enable its toggle to filter out all potentially mature content from your timeline.

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Note that no filter is 100% accurate and you may see discrepancies on your YouTube dashboard.

On the phone

Unlike Android TV, the YouTube app for smartphones offers a feature-rich and polished experience to its users with the benefit of controlling and blocking unnecessary videos and channels on their accounts. Check out our step-by-step guide to manually blocking YouTube channels and videos using in-app features on your smartphone.

Bonus tip: block specific comments or abusive words on your YouTube videos

If you are a content creator on YouTube, you might know the annoying situation of receiving inappropriate comments on your uploaded videos. Check out our step-by-step guide to stop/block abusive comments and words on YouTube to get rid of them.


Q: How to block YouTube channels on Android?

A: You can simply block any YouTube channel by tapping the three-dot icon on their profile page and tapping the Block User button.

Q: How do I block YouTube channels that are still showing after being banned?

A: You can use the Channel blocker extension for Google Chrome to block YouTube channels that continue to show after being banned. Follow these simple steps to achieve the same result.

Q: Can you remove a YouTube channel from suggestions without blocking it?

A: Yes, you can ask the YouTube algorithm to remove a certain YouTube channel from your suggestions by tapping on the “Not interested” option. Please refer to the steps mentioned in this guide to achieve the same result.

Last words: filter your digital consumption!

We hope you have now learned how to block YouTube channels and videos using the methods listed above. If this guide helped you filter your YouTube content consumption on your Android TV and smartphone, hit the like button and share it with your friends who you think might need it. As always, subscribe to GadgetsToUse and stay tuned for more awesome tips and tricks.

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Raymond T. Helms