Maybe YouTube users can do a better job of controlling what they see on the video site than YouTube itself seems to be able to do.
The Google-owned video site is rolling out topics and related videos on its homepage and under its Up Next tab, as well as giving users the ability to no longer see suggestions from channels they don’t want to watch and providing them with more information about why videos were recommended to them.
Product manager Essam El-Dardiry said in a blog post, “We want to help viewers find new interests and passions—such as a new favorite artist, a new creator they can follow or simply the best food recipes. But there’s one true expert in what you want to watch: you. One thing we’ve consistently heard from you is that you want more control over what videos appear on your homepage and in Up Next suggestions. So, we’re doing more to put you in the driver’s seat.”
YouTube users will begin seeing topics and related videos when they scroll up on their homepages or browse their Up Next lists, and El-Dardiry said these will be based on users’ existing personalized suggestions, adding, “They could be videos related to the one you’re watching, videos published by the channel you’re watching or other topics that may be of interest to you.”
This feature is available for signed-in YouTube users in English on its Android application, and it will be added to iOS and desktop and made available in other languages soon.
“Although we try our best to suggest videos you’ll enjoy, we don’t always get it right, so we are giving you more controls for when we don’t,” El-Dardiry wrote in describing the new ability for users to remove suggestions from channels they don’t want to watch.
Users can do this by tapping the three-dot menu next to videos on the homepage or Up Next, and then selecting “Don’t recommend channel.” While videos from those channels will no longer be suggested, El-Dardiry cautioned that users may still encounter them if they subscribe to the channel, search for the videos or visit the channel page or trending tab.
The new feature is available globally via YouTube’s Android and iOS apps, and it will be extended to desktop soon.
Finally, when YouTube suggests videos from channels users haven’t viewed before, based on what other viewers with similar interests have watched and liked, this will be indicated underneath the videos in a small box explaining why they were included.
This new feature is available globally via iOS and will come to Android and desktop soon.