19 votes

YouTube without all the crap?

I'm a pretty regular YouTube watcher but if I accidentally glance down at the comments section, I know my night is going to be ruined.

I wondered if there is any kind of YouTube app or service that lets you watch and search for videos (even access my subscribed channels) but with less of the crap, ie. the comments and related videos, which just take you down a YouTube rabbit hole that you won't get out of for hours.

Cheers!

27 comments

  1. [5]
    Grand0rbiter Link
    For android there's NewPipe.

    For android there's NewPipe.

    21 votes
    1. [3]
      Silbern (edited ) Link Parent
      I'd also like to back NewPipe! I use the legacy version and it's amazing. You can disable comments, import subscriptions, download videos for later in a variety of formats, features a really nice...

      I'd also like to back NewPipe! I use the legacy version and it's amazing. You can disable comments, import subscriptions, download videos for later in a variety of formats, features a really nice dark mode, feels very snappy even on my 10 year old Epic 4G with 512MB of RAM, it's open source, and it's conveniently available through F-Droid. It's a really good YouTube experience and I think it's exactly what OP is after.

      12 votes
      1. [2]
        teaearlgraycold (edited ) Link Parent
        As an aside, it's weird to me that there's already such a thing as a 10 year old Android phone.

        As an aside, it's weird to me that there's already such a thing as a 10 year old Android phone.

        4 votes
        1. Silbern (edited ) Link Parent
          Yeah, it really doesn't feel like it's been 10 years. Seems like yesterday it was on CNET as the best Android phone of the year, haha. For some reason, the late 2000's and today feel a lot closer...

          Yeah, it really doesn't feel like it's been 10 years. Seems like yesterday it was on CNET as the best Android phone of the year, haha. For some reason, the late 2000's and today feel a lot closer together than the late 1990's did in the late 2000's, to me at least. Feels like we've slowed down in terms of progress and change.

          Lowkey though, it really doesn't feel that dated to actually use, believe it or not. Cyanogenmod 10.1 still feels just as snappy on it today, and all the stuff I use my phone for - watching YouTube on the go, reading and commenting on Reddit and Tildes, listening to music, checking bus times and map info, and sshing into tilde.town and my university's servers - the experience is pretty much on par with a modern phone, with the exception I could multitask with more than just music, but that's the only thing I really care to multitask in the first place with. It's pretty good at emulating old systems and is surprisingly capable at the few native Android games I play too, Samsung really overspecced it in terms of GPU power for 2010.

          5 votes
    2. weystrom Link Parent
      Except your RSS subs are still unsorted (they're working on it)

      Except your RSS subs are still unsorted (they're working on it)

  2. [5]
    vivaria Link
    You can grab the RSS feed of youtube chanells you like, and watch videos inline in your reader. That's the approach I take! Just video, no site.

    You can grab the RSS feed of youtube chanells you like, and watch videos inline in your reader. That's the approach I take! Just video, no site.

    9 votes
    1. welly Link Parent
      Perfect, that sounds ideal!

      Perfect, that sounds ideal!

      1 vote
    2. [3]
      ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
      How would one go about it? I'm not seeing any RSS links, on the desired channels or elsewhere.

      How would one go about it? I'm not seeing any RSS links, on the desired channels or elsewhere.

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
        Every YouTube channel has an alternate RSS link in the source, just look for: So all you need to do is put a channel URL into an RSS reader and you will get the feed for that channel....

        Every YouTube channel has an alternate RSS link in the source, just look for:

        <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href="https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=########">

        So all you need to do is put a channel URL into an RSS reader and you will get the feed for that channel. Alternatively, if you go to your subscription manager page, you can scroll to the bottom and export an OPML file of all your subscriptions to import into an RSS reader.

        1 vote
  3. tomf Link
    Look up Iridium for YouTube -- it gives a nice dark theme, blocks comments on load (but you can still load them), and includes a bunch of other features I've come to accept as 'normal' One thing I...

    Look up Iridium for YouTube -- it gives a nice dark theme, blocks comments on load (but you can still load them), and includes a bunch of other features I've come to accept as 'normal'

    Features highlight:

    • Play your videos in a pop-out window
    • Turn off 60fps
    • Allow ads only in videos from your subscribed channels
    • Blacklist entire channels from your suggestions and search results
    • Make the player fill the entire browser with the Fullbrowser mode feature
    • Player always visible where you want while reading the comments
    • Reverse any playlist
    • Take video screenshots and save them
    • View and save the video thumbnail like old times
    • Bring back the total number of videos uploaded by the creator
    • Use the relative video post time to know quickly how old the video is
    • Control comment section visibility
    • and many more!

    One thing I really like about it is that it pops out the video to the lower right corner when you scroll down.

    7 votes
  4. culturedleftfoot Link
    Dude, just this morning I was thinking there's gotta be a plug-in or something that can block videos with Youtube Face thumbnails. I think I watched a trailer for something that was posted here,...

    Dude, just this morning I was thinking there's gotta be a plug-in or something that can block videos with Youtube Face thumbnails. I think I watched a trailer for something that was posted here, and practically every recommendation after that had someone with the most viscerally irritating expression. Constant exposure to this nonsense can't be great for one's sanity.

    Anyway, on topic: there are lots of options; I can vouch for Iridium and ImprovedTube.

    6 votes
  5. [5]
    stu2b50 Link
    There's an extension that replaces comments with reddit posts of the video (if it exists), and there's an extension that just removes the comment section.

    There's an extension that replaces comments with reddit posts of the video (if it exists), and there's an extension that just removes the comment section.

    5 votes
    1. spit-evil-olive-tips Link Parent
      There's also an extension (for Chrome and Firefox) that replaces comments with a random series of "herp" and "derp".

      There's also an extension (for Chrome and Firefox) that replaces comments with a random series of "herp" and "derp".

      7 votes
    2. Cosmos Link Parent
      half the time reddit comments are identical. All the time in /r/videos people and bots would steal the top youtube comment, and post it to reddit for the meaningless internet points.

      half the time reddit comments are identical.

      All the time in /r/videos people and bots would steal the top youtube comment, and post it to reddit for the meaningless internet points.

      6 votes
    3. Artrax Link Parent
      I don't think replacing YT comments with reddit comments is such a big improvement....

      I don't think replacing YT comments with reddit comments is such a big improvement....

      2 votes
    4. tunneljumper Link Parent
      That sounds like a lateral move at best

      That sounds like a lateral move at best

  6. [2]
    Deimos (edited ) Link
    I just use uBlock Origin's cosmetic element-blocking to block elements on sites: https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/Element-picker You have to be somewhat careful with it or you can end up...

    I just use uBlock Origin's cosmetic element-blocking to block elements on sites: https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/Element-picker

    You have to be somewhat careful with it or you can end up blocking too much, and it can make you think the site's broken if you don't remember that you blocked something. It's fairly easy to remove the filters or toggle it off temporarily if you need to, though.

    5 votes
    1. Icarus Link Parent
      I was going to recommend the same thing. I have been blocking the recommended videos panel for over a month now and it has made my YouTube experience much better, especially watching videos for...

      I was going to recommend the same thing. I have been blocking the recommended videos panel for over a month now and it has made my YouTube experience much better, especially watching videos for games. No more terrible thumbnails and clickbait titles!

      4 votes
  7. [2]
    CptOblivious Link
    DFTube sounds like what you're looking for! https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/df-tube-distraction-free/mjdepdfccjgcndkmemponafgioodelna?hl=en I personally use it to avoid going down...

    DFTube sounds like what you're looking for!

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/df-tube-distraction-free/mjdepdfccjgcndkmemponafgioodelna?hl=en

    I personally use it to avoid going down endless rabbit holes.

    4 votes
    1. Menio_Mercina (edited ) Link Parent
      I also use DFTube to hide the feed, subscriptions bar, related videos and any other annoying features and find that it's simple but does the job well!! I use it together with BlockTube...

      I also use DFTube to hide the feed, subscriptions bar, related videos and any other annoying features and find that it's simple but does the job well!!

      I use it together with BlockTube (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/blocktube/) to block low-quality/offensive/creaters-that-simply-rub-me-the-wrong-way channels as well as remove entire categories I'd rather pretend didn't exist (cough vlogs/'haul'/'hustle'/videos-with-more-than-three-!!!-in-their-titles). Works like a charm.

  8. lionirdeadman Link
    https://invidio.us/ can work but you can also use uBlock Origin and block the elements for the comment section and recommended videos.

    https://invidio.us/ can work but you can also use uBlock Origin and block the elements for the comment section and recommended videos.

    4 votes
  9. [3]
    suspended Link
    https://watchkin.com/
    1 vote
    1. onyxleopard Link Parent
      This has some kind of built-in content classifier that will not show all content. E.g., I tried to watch the latest episode of Contrapoints and am told that:

      This has some kind of built-in content classifier that will not show all content.

      E.g., I tried to watch the latest episode of Contrapoints and am told that:

      We're sorry, but the requested video cannot be shown.
      It has been deemed inappropriate for families under our Watchkin Smart Mode policy.
      If you think this is a mistake, please let us know.

      1 vote
    2. welly Link Parent
      Yeah, looks like the kind of thing I'm looking for but the filter isn't. But thanks all the same!

      Yeah, looks like the kind of thing I'm looking for but the filter isn't. But thanks all the same!

      1 vote
  10. nothis Link
    First, uBlock Origin can get rid of the ads. Then there’s another add on called YouTube Classic or something (sorry I’m on a phone) that restores their oldschool layout which I use. Makes it load...

    First, uBlock Origin can get rid of the ads. Then there’s another add on called YouTube Classic or something (sorry I’m on a phone) that restores their oldschool layout which I use. Makes it load faster.

    1 vote
  11. jwong Link
    Only slightly meeting your requirements, my favourite way to watch YouTube is astronaut

    Only slightly meeting your requirements, my favourite way to watch YouTube is astronaut