Have you seen the TikTok shorts? Well, it was these short 3-minute video clips that made TikTok popular, a very popular, social media app. In fact, the idea was so brilliant that almost every social site integrated these short clips into their own sites. For example, Instagram launched Reels and even YouTube released the Shorts which gained immense popularity in no time.
YouTube releasing shorts was not expected and that’s not even the worst part. The platform replaced the explore tab just to house these short clips. YouTube released this function in September 2020 in India initially, but its popularity skyrocketed in no time and as a result, the platform released the shorts for the US audience and the entire world.
However, not everyone is a fan of short videos. People who need informative and valuable content are often on the lookout for detailed clips.
If these short videos look frustrating to you, we have come up with a detailed guide on how to remove shorts from YouTube so that you can easily turn off YouTube shorts.
Before we move on to the detailed guide, let’s take a quick look at the meaning of YouTube shorts and why they are getting so popular.
Sound’s good? Let’s get started.
What are YouTube Shorts?
YouTube Shorts, as the name suggests, is a new feature that allows users to develop and upload short videos (15 seconds or less) on YouTube. You could create videos directly on YouTube or upload the short clips shot from your camera. You can use the sound effect to make it more interesting. YouTube already has agreements with music companies, so users are able to include music in their videos, which is an essential component of any short-video platform.
If you have ever watched or uploaded YouTube shorts, you already know that these short videos look totally similar to TikTok’s short clips.
We understand that not everyone is a fan of shorts. And with these videos are uploaded in large volumes every day. But there is a catch: not everyone enjoys these shorts videos, which is extremely annoying to watch and things may seem pretty frustrating for users.
So, how do you get rid of YouTube Shorts? What can you do to disable shorts on YouTube?
Continue reading to learn how to remove YouTube shorts permanently.
How to Remove Shorts from YouTube (Disable YouTube Shorts)
1. Remove Shorts from YouTube Settings
Go to YouTube Settings by clicking the profile icon on the top. Then tap on the General option from the settings and turn off the shorts toggle. It will disable the Shorts feature in YouTube. Restart the app, and the Shorts video feature will be removed from the YouTube app.
Important Note: Turn on/off Shorts toggle option is currently available for a limited number of users as YouTube really wants to promote the Shorts feature and push people into using it in order to compete with TikTok, Reels, and other apps.
2. Turn Off YouTube Shorts from Home Page
YouTube is striving to offer a personalized experience to every user. In order to achieve that, the platform allows users to mark the videos “Not Interested” if they don’t want similar videos to show up in their feed. You can use this trick to mark all the short video clips “Not Interested” on YouTube.
Here’s how you can:
- Open YouTube on your phone and login to your account.
- Scroll down to the Shorts section.
- Tap on the three dots icon and select the Not Interested.
- Repeat the above step until all videos are disappear. These videos will no longer show up even after refreshing the home page.
3. Use YouTube on Browser
The above method works wonders, but it is a little tough. Removing every short clip from the home page may get a little frustrating for the user. The good news is this new feature is only on the mobile app. It is not released on the YouTube website. So, the easiest way to avoid the short clips when using YouTube is by using the app on the browser.
4. Degrade the YouTube App Version
The short video clip is a new feature that’s supported by the latest app version. So, if you have not yet updated YouTube, do not update it. For those who have downloaded the upgraded version, you can downgrade the app from your App Settings. In simple words, you have to use the factory version of YouTube in order to avoid this update. Here’s how to do that.
Long-press the YouTube app from your home screen and select the “app info” option. Uninstall YouTube. There you go! It doesn’t uninstall YouTube, but all the updates you had downloaded will be deleted automatically. While this feature works wonders for everyone who wants to use YouTube without the shorts popping up on the home screen, it isn’t the most viable option. You will be asked to install the updates on YouTube over and over again.
5. Try YouTube Vanced Manager
YouTube Vanced is an extension to YouTube, featuring a set of unique features that can’t be found on the original version. For example, this updated version gives you a 1080 p resolution on mobiles, Sponsorblock, and other exciting range of features. Here are the steps for using the Vanced app:
- Install the app in the APK format on your mobile.
- Head over to the Settings tab and then Vanced Settings.
- Locate “Ad Settings”.
- As you scroll down, you will find the Shorts Self option right below the Survey Removal. Toggle on the Shorts Self.
As you turn on this option, all the short videos from YouTube will be removed from YouTube’s home screen. You could also turn on the comments location tab to remove the shorts option from YouTube.
How to Enable the Short Videos on YouTube
So, you disabled the Shorts video and you want them back. This can be done by turning on the Shorts Self option that you had earlier disabled from Settings. If you have not disabled YouTube Shorts, you can find them on your YouTube’s home screen. Just scroll down a little and you will see the “Shorts” section where the 15-second videos are posted in a row. Check one video and the other one will automatically be played.
If you can’t find this option, update YouTube from App Store or Google Play Store. If you have manually disabled the option, you will need to enable it from Settings or the Vanced app.