Is there a way to prevent YouTube from showing videos already watched in the list of suggested videos?

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    A quick glance at the HTML makes me think that it shouldn't be too hard to do. You basically want to set display: none on any <ytd-compact-video-renderer> element that contains a child element #progress. You won't be able to do that in CSS, but a Tampermonkey script should be simple enough. I'll have a go later and write an answer... – Aaron F Mar 25 at 17:03

Currently, there is no treat/workaround to do so. Apart from manually block them one by one, there are no scalable solutions.


But there are extensions which can do so like:

// ==UserScript==
// @version        1.1.1
// @name           Hide watched videos on YouTube
// @namespace      https://gist.github.com/xPaw/6324624
// @match          https://www.youtube.com/*
// @updateURL      https://gist.github.com/xPaw/6324624/raw/YoutubeHideWatched.user.js
// @downloadURL    https://gist.github.com/xPaw/6324624/raw/YoutubeHideWatched.user.js
// @grant          none
// ==/UserScript==

const app = document.querySelector( 'ytd-app' );

function HideVideos( a )
    app.querySelectorAll( 'ytd-thumbnail-overlay-resume-playback-renderer:not([data-hidden="true"])' ).forEach( element =>
        element.dataset.hidden = true;

        while( ( element = element.parentNode ).tagName.toLowerCase() !== 'ytd-item-section-renderer' )
            // Find the container element for this video

        element.hidden = true;
    } );

function ProcessPage()
    if( !window.location.pathname.startsWith( '/feed/subscriptions' ) )

    const list = app.querySelector( 'ytd-section-list-renderer' );

    if( list.dataset.hooked )

    list.dataset.hooked = true;
    list.addEventListener( 'yt-next-continuation-data-updated', HideVideos );

    // TODO: Find an event to fix this
    new MutationObserver( HideVideos ).observe( list, { childList: true, subtree: true } );

app.addEventListener( 'yt-navigate-finish', ProcessPage );

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    That's a shame. I'm getting the same ~dozen music videos all the time but completely blocking them is overkill. – JollyJoker Mar 25 at 15:27
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    oh nice, you updated with a userscript! :-) – Aaron F Mar 26 at 8:34

AFAIK, there's no way to do this on YouTube itself, but I use a Chrome extension (Better Subscriptions for YouTube) that lets you hide watched videos from your subscriptions tab.

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