How to block endscreen video recommendations on YouTube
Whenever playback of a video on YouTube ends or is about to end, video recommendations may be displayed; these recommendations are based on the viewing history and display thumbnails of videos picked by YouTube's recommendation algorithm.
The biggest problem with these is that they may be displayed while the video is still playing. They overlay part of the screen and cause a bad experience for the viewer.
One has to distinguish between recommendations that are displayed at the end of the video, when it is not playing anymore, and recommendations that are displayed while the video is still playing.
A click on a suggested video plays a recommended video right away on YouTube. Some video recommendations are displayed only if you have disabled autoplay on YouTube. You can do that by clicking on Settings > Autoplay in the video playback interface. Autoplay plays the next video automatically instead.
Sometimes, or even all the time, you may prefer not to receive video suggestions. Maybe, because you are watching YouTube with minors and don't want them exposed to suggestions that are inappropriate, want to avoid that part of the screen is blocked by them while the video is still playing, or make them want to watch more videos on the site.
Tip: you can block certain video recommendations on YouTube as well.
Blocking YouTube video recommendations at the end of videos
While you could hit the stop button at the end of videos to avoid recommendations after the video ends, no such option exist to block recommendations that are displayed while the video is playing.
If you don't want to use YouTube extensions like Iridium for that, which support the feature, you may configure your content blocker to do so.
The result is a black screen at the end of videos on YouTube instead of a screen filled with video thumbnails for recommendations displayed after the video ends, and blocked recommendations while the video is playing.
Users who use Adblock Plus, a popular content blocker, can enable YouTube-specific rules that do away with endscreen recommendations on the site.
It is just a matter of enabling them in the client; users who prefer uBlock Origin, probably the greatest content blocker of our time, may add a rule manually to the program.
Here is how that is done:
- Activate the uBlock Origin icon in the browser's address bar.
- Locate the "open dashboard" icon and activate it to open the preferences.
- Switch to the My filters tab when the dashboard opens.
- Add the line ##.videowall-endscreen to the set of rules.
- You may also want to add the following two lines as well:
- Select "apply changes" to save the new rule.
The change takes effect immediately; whenever you play a video on YouTube, the endscreen is black.
Alternatively, it is possible to use the Adblock Plus rules; just visit the YouTube filter page on the Adblock Plus' website and click on the add button with uBlock Origin installed. The rules get added after you confirm that you want to add them to the list of rules in the content blocking extension.Advertisement