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4 Ways to Block a YouTube Channel or Video on Android TV and Phone

Contrary to the mobile app, YouTube doesn’t provide the block feature natively on its Android TV app, making it difficult to get rid of unnecessary videos and channels. But worry not; we will share effective workarounds to solve this problem. This article discusses several nifty ways to block a YouTube Channel and video on Android TV and phones. Additionally, you can learn to change the YouTube playback speed on Android TV.

Block YouTube Channel and Video

How to Block YouTube a Channel or Video?

While YouTube keeps adding useful features for browsing content on smartphones and desktops, such is not the case with the Android TV app. The YouTube app on Android TV offers a simple UI to watch videos based on your recommendations, watch history, and likes. However, there’s no dedicated button to block irrelevant videos or channels on your timeline, making it challenging to manage unnecessary content. That said, let’s look at effective techniques to solve this issue.

Method 1 – Hide and Block a YouTube Channel and Video on Android TV

Despite the absence of the block feature on the YouTube app for Android TV, you can use certain in-app features to hide and remove unnecessary content from your timeline. Here’s what you need to follow:

1. Long-press your desired video using the select button on your Android TV remote to view associated options.

2. Next, tap the Not Interested option to hide and block the selected video from your YouTube timeline.

Block YouTube Channel and Video

3. Finally, press the Don’t Recommend Channel option to remove future recommendations from the selected YouTube channel. That’s it! you’ve successfully removed the desired YouTube video using the in-app features of the YouTube app for Android TV.

Block YouTube Channel and Video

Method 2 – Enable Restricted Mode to Block Mature YouTube Content (Android TV)

Enabling the Restricted Mode is another helpful method to block a YouTube channel and videos containing potentially mature content. Once activated, the YouTube algorithm will filter out and block all the mature videos from your timeline. Follow these steps for an easy fix:

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

2. Next, navigate to the Restricted Mode and turn on the toggle to filter out all the potentially mature content on your timeline.

 Note: No filter is 100% accurate and you might see some deviations on your YouTube dashboard.

Block YouTube Channel and Video

Method 3 – Block YouTube a Channel and Video on YouTube Kids

To protect your child from watching inappropriate videos on YouTube Kids, you can access their profile by following these easy steps to block such inappropriate content.

1. Open YouTube Kids (Android, iOS, Android TV) and sign in from your child’s profile.

2. Tap the three-dot menu next to the video title.

3. Press Block this Video to remove it from the YouTube Kids timeline.

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4. Solve the on-screen challenge and tap Submit to confirm your action.

Block YouTube Kids Channel and Video

5. Alternatively, press the three-dot menu in the top-right of the current playing video.

Block YouTube Kids Channel and Video

6. Press Block to remove the video from the YouTube Kids profile.

Block YouTube Kids Channel and Video

Method 4 – Block Inappropriate a YouTube Channel or Video on Mobile

Unlike Android TV, the YouTube mobile app offers users a feature-rich and refined experience with the advantage of controlling and blocking unnecessary videos and channels on their accounts. Check out our detailed guide to blocking YouTube channels and videos manually using the in-app features on your smartphone.

Block YouTube Channel and Video

Bonus: Block Specific Comments or Abusive Words on YouTube

Getting hate replies and abusive comments on your uploaded videos has become increasingly common on YouTube. If you are a content creator and wish to get rid of it, we have crafted a detailed guide to help you stop and block abusive comments and words on YouTube.

How to Unblock a YouTube Channel?

If you’ve changed your mind and decided to unblock a previously blocked user/channel on YouTube, YouTube Studio is your one-stop solution.

1. Open YouTube Studio and click Settings in the left sidebar.

2. Switch to the Community tab and scroll down to the Hidden users. This column contains all the usernames that you’ve blocked in the past.

3. To unblock a blocked YouTube user, click X next to the name and press Save to apply changes.


Q. How to Block Videos on the YouTube App?

To hide/block a specific video inside the YouTube app, tap the three-dot menu next to its title and press Not Interested. Additionally, you can tap ‘Don’t recommend Channel’ to avoid viewing more videos from the YouTube user.

Q. How to Block Channels on the YouTube App for Android?

Head to the Channel page and press the three-dot menu to block the user. If you find the channel inappropriate, you can report it to YouTube using the Report User option.

Q. How to Block a YouTube Channel on TV?

While there’s no direct way to block a YouTube channel on Android TV, you can use in-app features and restricted mode to get desirable results. For more details, read the steps listed above.

Q. How to Block YouTube Channels Still Showing Up After Being Banned?

You can utilize the Channel Blocker Extension for Google Chrome to block YouTube channels still showing up after being banned. Follow these simple steps for an easy fix.

Q. Can I Remove a YouTube Channel From Suggestions Without Blocking It?

Yes. You can instruct the YouTube algorithm to remove a specific YouTube channel from your suggestions by pressing the ‘Not Interested’ option. Please refer to the steps mentioned in this guide to achieve the same.

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Paras Rastogi

Being an Ardent Tech-Enthusiast, Paras is super passionate about new gadgets and technologies since childhood. His passion has developed him to write tech blogs that allow him to help people and make their digital lives easier. When he is not working, you can find him on Twitter.