With the ability to exclude certain YouTube channels from being featured, Google now gives you more control over the videos that show up in your Discover stream.
Given that Search, Chrome, and the Pixel Launcher are all readily available on Android, the Google Discover feed serves as a portal for many people to the internet. While the Discover feed mostly consists of blog posts from various websites and the occasional Reddit post, you may also run across YouTube videos and YouTube Shorts on occasion.
Google Discover has long provided options to indicate you are not interested in a particular topic or even to prevent certain websites from appearing in your feed, which is already determined by your Google Search history. With the latter feature, you can block off anything you don’t want to see, including deceptive or garbage stuff.
But for a while, the only choice Google Discover provided in the case of YouTube videos was to completely prevent it from appearing. This strategy was excessive, especially in light of YouTube’s enormous diversity in channels and artists. Given that YouTube is perfectly capable of displaying the name of the channel when suggesting a video, it was also somewhat odd to see Google Discover treat YouTube in this manner.
A new experiment in the Google Search app gives a more precise approach with a new Don’t show material from channel on YouTube option to ban particular channels. This experiment was seen on both stable and beta versions on many devices. The old Don’t show content from YouTube option will also still be available for individuals who just don’t like watching YouTube videos.
Although every example we could find amusingly singles out one particular channel for removal the ability to specifically identify particular YouTube channels to be removed from Google Discover has been requested frequently recently. Therefore, today might be your lucky day if you’ve been looking for a strategy to stop bogus movie trailers from appearing in your Google Discover stream.
Google has been known to test new features for the Discover feed for extended periods of time, so perhaps it won’t be long until they roll this out more widely.
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