How to Block Channels on YouTube

Every once in a while, a YouTube channel may feature inappropriate content or content that doesn’t interest you. If the channel keeps appearing on your feed, you may consider blocking it altogether. But how exactly can you do that?

In this article, you’ll see all the steps necessary to block a channel on YouTube on various platforms and devices.

How to Block YouTube Channels on Windows, Mac, or Linux

The easiest way of blocking channels on YouTube is by using your computer. Once you’ve opened the browser, here are the remaining steps to take:

  1. Go to YouTube’s website.
  2. Enter your login information and search for the channel you wish to block.
  3. Click on the channel and go to the About section. It’s located at the top of the channel’s page.
  4. Hit the flag on the page’s right side and choose the Block User option.
  5. Press Submit, and you’re all done.

How to Block YouTube Channels on a Firestick

Firestick doesn’t have an option to block YouTube channels. However, you can enable a Firestick to require a PIN code whenever someone wants to watch YouTube. You’ll also have to use the pin to reinstall it. This way, access to YouTube channels with inappropriate content will get restricted, at least to some extent.

Here’s how to enable a PIN code on a Firestick for the YouTube app to help block (help prevent access to) YouTube:

  1. Sign in to your Amazon account using a browser.
  2. Click on or hover over Accounts and Lists at the top.
  3. Select Content and Devices from the list.
  4. Enter your Amazon login credentials.
  5. In the Digital Content section, click on See all apps.
  6. Under the Digital Content section, click on Your Apps Library.
  7. Navigate through the pages until you find YouTube. Click on Actions, then select Delete this app.
  8. Select Delete in the confirmation window.
  9. Go to your Firestick, find the Settings, and enter the Applications segment.
  10. If required, enter your PIN code, then select the Manage Installed Applications button.
  11. Click on the YouTube app, and choose the Uninstall option. Confirm this decision by selecting Uninstall in the next window.
  12. Return to the Settings menu, and select My Account.
  13. Choose the Sync Amazon Content option and wait for the process to apply the changes you previously made on the browser.

Whenever you click on YouTube from Firestick and attempt to install it, the platform will require you to enter a PIN code. Whenever someone launches the YouTube app, it will also prompt for the PIN code. Even though this option does not block specific channels on YouTube, it at least helps control who can access the app and when.

How to Block YouTube Channels on an Apple TV

While you can’t block YouTube channels on Apple TV directly, there is a way you can restrict access to a channel you don’t like. Do this by setting parental controls on your profile. Here is how to do it:

  1. Come up with a PIN code to use for your restrictions.
  2. Using your remote, go to the Settings located at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Choose General, followed by Restrictions.
  4. Type in your PIN code, then reenter it to confirm. Hit the OK button to continue.

Now, you can start customizing your restrictions:

  1. Go to the Restrictions section again to access the menu.
  2. Set Restrictions to ON, then scroll down and select the Apps tab.
  3. Choose the Don’t Allow Apps option.

Once this restriction is applied, you’ll need to enter your PIN code every time you access YouTube. Again, this doesn’t block individual channels, but it does help restrict access to content you don’t want others to access.

How to Block YouTube Channels on a Roku Device

Similarly, Roku doesn’t allow a user to block specific YouTube channels. Instead, you’ll need to resort to other options. In this case, content filtering may be a good choice since it will remove inappropriate content for specific ages. Here’s how content filtering works on Roku.

  1. Go to the YouTube app using Roku.
  2. Navigate to Settings.
  3. Scroll to the right and turn Restricted Mode to ON.
  4. Channels that feature inappropriate content will now get removed from your feed.

How to Block Channels on YouTube Kids

There are two methods of blocking channels on YouTube Kids: from your home screen and your watch page. Here is how both of them work:

Blocking YouTube Kids Channels from Your Home Screen

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Find a video on the channel you want to block.
  3. Choose More (represented by the three vertical dots beside the video).
  4. Select Block This Channel.
  5. Type in your custom password or the numbers you see on the screen.

Blocking YouTube Kids Channels from Your Watch Page

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Find a video on the channel you want to block.
  3. Choose More (represented by the three vertical dots) atop the video.
  4. Select Block.
  5. In the new dialog box, choose Block This Channel.
  6. Select Block again.
  7. Type in your custom password or the numbers you see on the screen.

How to Block Channels on YouTube TV

Follow these steps to make sure that unwanted channels no longer show up in your YouTube TV listings.

  1. Sign in to your YouTube TV account.
  2. Select your profile icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. Choose the Settings option.
  4. Select the Live Guide section located to the left.
  5. Uncheck all the channels you want to remove from your listings.

How to Block Channels on YouTube for iPhone/iPad

Blocking YouTube channels on your iPhone takes just a few seconds.

  1. Type in the YouTube channel you wish to block.
  2. Access the channel and select the vertical ellipsis menu icon (three vertical dots) in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  3. In the window that pops up, choose the Block User option.
  4. In the next window that appears, tap on Block to confirm your decision.

How to Block Channels on YouTube for Android

Blocking a YouTube channel on an Android device works the same way as it does on iOS.

  1. Access the YouTube channel you want to block.
  2. Press the vertical ellipsis menu icon (three vertical dots) in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Choose the Block User option.
  4. Confirm this choice by tapping on Block in the subsequent window.

How to Block Channels on YouTube for Smart TVs

Unfortunately, you can’t block individual YouTube channels on Smart TVs. Your only solution is to restrict or lock the app with a PIN code. Since the process doesn’t work the same on every Smart TV, we’ll cover four of the most popular Smart TV options.

Restricting YouTube for Samsung Smart TVs

  1. Go to your home screen and press the Applications section.
  2. Hit Settings, represented by the gear symbol.
  3. Choose the Lock option for the YouTube app.
  4. Type in your PIN code and choose Done.

Restricting YouTube for LG Smart TVs

  1. Enter the home screen and navigate to the Applications tab.
  2. Access the device’s settings.
  3. Select the Lock option for the YouTube app.
  4. Enter your PIN code and select Done.

Restricting YouTube for Vizio Smart TVs

  1. Access the parental control settings. Ways of accessing them vary depending on your model, so consult your instructions manual to find the settings.
  2. Enter the Settings by typing in the parental control PIN code.
  3. Select which apps you want to block. In this case, choose YouTube.

Restricting YouTube for Sony Smart TVs

  1. Access the Settings from the menu.
  2. Navigate to the Individual section.
  3. Press the Security and Restrictions option, followed by Create Restricted Profile.
  4. Create a PIN code.
  5. Choose which applications will require limited client profile access.
  6. Press Back on your way back, and you’re all finished.

Now you know how to block unwanted channels on your YouTube feed. Admittedly, blocking them isn’t an option in some cases, but every platform and device allows you to at least restrict access to specific videos or an unwelcome channel. Therefore, you can now easily avoid exposing yourself and your family members to potentially harmful YouTube content.

YouTube Blocking FAQs

Can I block content on the YouTube App rather than channels?

Blocking YouTube content, rather than blocking channels, boils down to enabling Restricted Mode.

1) Sign in to your YouTube account.

2) Go to the Settings button located to the left.

3) Hit the menu at the bottom of the page that says Restricted Mode: Off.

4) Choose On to turn on the restricted mode.

5) Press Save.

How Do I Block YouTube?

Since Google Chrome is the most popular browser, here’s how you can use it to block YouTube.

1) Go to the Web Store.

2) Find the Block Site extension and press the Add to Chrome button.

3) Go to YouTube’s website.

4) Press the extensions symbol in the upper-right corner of Chrome.

5) Press the Block Site extension.

6) Hit the Block This Site option.

How Do I Block Words on YouTube?

Here is what you need to do to block certain words on YouTube:

1) Click your profile picture in the upper-right corner of the screen.

2) Choose the YouTube Studio option.

3) Select Settings in the lower-left corner.

4) Hit the Community section.

5) Scroll down until you find the Blocked Words box.

6) Type in any words you want to block in the box.

3 thoughts on “How to Block Channels on YouTube”

Tazz Richards says:
This method appears to only block a user from commenting on my own video. It doesn’t do anything from showing theirs in my feed.
T says:
Wow, using the most wholesome person as the blocking example, you are cruel and bitter my friend
Steve Larner says:
Yeah, I don’t think they meant to do that but didn’t think about the relation to the article’s topic when doing it. Images have been removed and will be updated soon.

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