YouTube Adds 'Don't Recommend Channel' and New Explore Tools for Finding Content

Google today announced several new features coming to YouTube, all of which are designed to give users more control over the kind of content that appears on the Homepage and in Up Next video suggestions.

For removing video suggestions from channels users are uninterested in, there's a new YouTube option called "Don't recommend channel." It's accessible by tapping on the three-dot menu next to a video on the homepage or Up Next. After tapping it, users will no longer see videos from the channel as suggested content.


The "Don't recommend channel" option will be available on mobile devices first before expanding to the desktop.

Along with an option to stop a channel from being recommended, YouTube is adding more detail on why certain videos have been recommended. There's a small box underneath recommended videos that lets YouTube users know why a video has been surfaced. The feature is available for iOS users today and will be coming to Android and desktop in the future.


YouTube is also gaining new tools to make it easier to explore topics and related videos, such as baking videos, or a favorite music genre. Options presented to YouTube users are based on existing personalized suggestions and can be found on the homepage when scrolling up or on Up Next when browsing. This feature is available for Android users currently and will be expanding to iOS and desktop in the future.


All of the new features are rolling out starting today, but could take some time to expand to all users.

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20 weeks ago

Finally i can do this for Unbox Therapy


Yes! And any other channel that uses click-baity titles and a shocked, annoyed or perplexed facial expression as their thumbnail image.

Edit: just noticed that it ironically describes my MR avatar photo expression. lol
Rating: 12 Votes
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20 weeks ago

Oh good! What could possibly go wrong with this?

Good thing there aren't big groups of people that will mobilize and defame companies and content producers just because of political bias... good thing.. cause that'd be insane to live in a world like that... good thing...

How would it matter if a million individual people said Don't Recommend Sesame Street on their feeds? If those people weren't going to watch a Sesame Street video anyway, not having it recommended means nothing.

I don't like Fortnite videos. Me requesting a Don't Recommend on my feed doesn't affect Fortnite videos. It just makes my feed less annoying. Still like to hear how you think a group could do something.
Rating: 11 Votes
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20 weeks ago
Finally i can do this for Unbox Therapy
Rating: 8 Votes
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20 weeks ago

Oh good! What could possibly go wrong with this?

Good thing there aren't big groups of people that will mobilize and defame companies and content producers just because of political bias... good thing.. cause that'd be insane to live in a world like that... good thing...

How awful of me not wanting garbage like PewDiePie and JonTron coming up in my recommendations.
Rating: 7 Votes
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20 weeks ago
I’d also like YouTube to _stop_ recommending me for the ‘free one-month trial’ of YouTube premium, highly annoying every time I login to the app. I declined once, I shouldn’t have to decline every single time when I open the app.
Rating: 7 Votes
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20 weeks ago
Oh good! What could possibly go wrong with this?

Good thing there aren't big groups of people that will mobilize and defame companies and content producers just because of political bias... good thing.. cause that'd be insane to live in a world like that... good thing...
Rating: 6 Votes
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20 weeks ago

Didn't realize Lew had so many haters. I'm sure his 14.7M subs, millions of views per upload and bank account will help comfort him from the "not interesteds". ;)


Why is it that someone that finds his style unappealing has to be a hater? Not everything is for everyone and people have a right to not want to have their recommendations include him or any other YouTuber. I have no hate for the man at all. I'm too busy living my life to hate on anyone for anything. More power to him. But he's not my cup of tea and I appreciate YouTube for giving me a way to keep him and many other YouTubers out of my feed. :cool:
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20 weeks ago
Good. I enjoy watching videos of PC hardware, but I don’t enjoy having 8 suggested videos of LinusTechTips pretending to drop hardware for the lawls and hating on Apple products because he can’t recompile the kernel like a super leet haxor.

Being interested in some topics (computer hardware and gaming) usually means you’ll have some good channels and some horrendous channels. It’s nice to have the option to stop being recommended the bad ones.
Rating: 5 Votes
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20 weeks ago

Finally i can do this for Unbox Therapy


omg me too! I thought i was the only one
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20 weeks ago
I wonder if this will be on the tvOS version, as it is my go-to device for YouTube.
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