YouTube is the de facto video site on the internet. They serve billions of hours of content every day. I don’t know how they manage it all. And, of course, YouTube wants you to stay on the site forever. There are several mechanisms at play in order to get you to do just that and one of them is by showing you other videos to watch at the end of a video clip. These recommendations are tailored to your viewing habits; think of all the “Likes” and subscriptions you have clicked on in the past. Well, you get the idea…
uBlock Origin vs AdBlock Plus
Many, if not most of you, use AdBlock Plus (ABP) to block those pesky advertisements on the sites you visit. I use uBlock Origin (not to be confused with uBlock). There are several reasons for this but the main one is that ABP is known to accept payments from some big-name advertisers to not block their ads. This is not a level playing field and I don’t believe it is an honest business practice. Just my opinion.
On top of that, I simply think uBlock is a better solution overall. It is free and open-source. That keeps the program honest.
So today, I will be showing you how to block those end of video recommendations using uBlock Origin.
Note: uBlock Origin is available as an add-on for all the major browsers.
- Edge – uBlock Origin at the Microsoft Store
- Chrome – at the Chrome Web Store
- Firefox – at the Mozilla Add-ons site
- Safari – at the uBlock Safari page
- Home Page – uBlock Origin Home page
uBlock Origin Filters
I will presume you have uBlock installed in your browser. To add the YouTube filters, do the following:
- Click the uBlock icon
- In the pop-up, click the rightmost icon (Dashboard)
- In the window that opens, choose the My Filters tab
- Add the following lines to your filter list:
- Click the Apply Changes button
That should bring you here:
The changes have an immediate effect. You should probably go watch a YouTube video at this point to test it out for yourself. You can use these filters in any combination; you can use one, two, or all three of them. The choice is yours so I will leave it to you experiment with them until you find the combination that suits your tastes. Don’t forget to hit that Apply Changes button or nothing will change. Hey! It’s easy to forget! 🙂
Before And After
This is how YouTube looked before I added the filters:
And with YouTube end of video recommendations blocked:
Ahhh, that’s better.
Maybe you are one who actually likes those YouTube recommendations. If so, you can forget you ever read this post. If you do decide to use the information, then please pass it along to your friends who might also like to know how to do this.
If you use ABP, then don’t feel left out. ABP provides YouTube filters, too, and you can get them at this Customize ABP page.
As always, if you have any helpful suggestions, comments or questions, please share them with us,