I got tired of seeing clickbaity thumbnails and wondered if I would be happier without them at all. I added ytimg.com to my blacklist as a wildcard about a month ago and I’ve found that I use the website more deliberately than before. And it works on the YouTube app for Android and my smart TV!

If you don’t want to block it for every device on the network you can add it to the Group Management lists as well.

@ksynwa
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Cool. I might try this.

So far I use ublock to block the video recommendations on the main page and on the sidebar.

Granted this doesn’t help all the devices in the network but I’ve been happy with Unhook -extension. You can choose to block recommendations, suggestions, video walls, cards etc. I really don’t miss them. Turns out, if I only watch videos I searched for I won’t waste so much time on YT :P

@Tgraswe
22M

But… There is invidio.us for that! It’s a lot better, I’m honest.

I suggest a client like Newpipe and Freetube, but one is bloated and for Android and the other one is low featured and based on Electron.

@cruon
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I suggest you give gtk-pipe-viewer a look, I use its cli counterpart and it does the job nicely.

@Tgraswe
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Newpipe isn’t bloated, why would you say so?

@cruon
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From my point of view, because it offers more services other than YouTube and displays distraction-prone video data such as comments, recommendations, trending pages, etc. Personally, I’ve switched to mpv-android now that they ship with youtube-dl support in one of their branches and my YouTube consumption is healthier.

I think a YDL client would be much better for it. I think a KDE client works like that, but is outdated.

@Coder
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but does it hide the thumbnails of the videos though ?

@cruon
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Yes. Setttings > Visual Preferences > Thin mode

@edisondotme
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12M

Looks like they shutdown

@Coder
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just the main instance, other instances still work.

@ufrafecy
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