How to hide or customize what channels you see in YouTube TV

YouTube TV sits in an odd place between traditional cable TV and a new digital streaming service. As a hybrid, it retains features like the live guide where you can see each channel and what’s playing on it. This explanation will guide you through customizing this page so that you only see the channels on YouTube TV that interest you and hide the channels that don’t interest you.

As a TV replacement, YouTube TV does the job pretty well. For about the same cost, you can get live streams from local and national channels. In addition, YouTube TV does not limit your DVR storage space. You can record just about any show you can think of, as long as you can skip commercials.

With that, the “Live Guide” is comprehensive and shows you tons of channels to choose from to watch as long as those channels fall within your YouTube TV schedule. Of course, there’s a good chance you’re not interested in at least half of these channels, which means they only take up space and time when you want to flip through them. Luckily, Google allows you to customize this channel page, sorting out channels you don’t want to watch and letting you reorganize the channels you do.

How to customize your channels on YouTube TV

To customize which channels you watch on each instance of YouTube TV — whether it’s on your Google TV, Android device, or PC — you’ll need to go to a settings page in a browser. We recommend doing this on a computer to make it a little easier.

  1. Go to on your device.
  2. Click yours profile photo and hit settings.
  3. click live guide.
  4. Go through the channel guide and choose what you want to hide by clicking hide icon.
  5. You can also add channels to your favorites by pressing up arrow.
  6. Change the order of your remaining channels by dragging move icon to the left of each channel title.
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Note: You can follow the exact same steps on your mobile device. Instead of hidden cons, you will find ticks that enable/disable a channel.

After you’ve hidden the channels you don’t want, rearranged the order, and set your top picks, you’ve customized your YouTube TV channel choices. If you happen to add more channels by upgrading a package, you may want to come back and set your preferences again. Otherwise, this will remain as is until you change it.

Customizing your channels on YouTube TV is easy, and the fact that Google set up this tool is quite surprising. If anything, it only makes the YouTube TV experience that little bit better.

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