The best Chrome extensions to clean up YouTube

How to declutter YouTube and enjoy watching videos without distractions.

Bjorn Amherd
2 min readOct 7, 2022
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Obviously, you should have YouTube Premium (referral link) by now — who has time to watch all those ads? With that out of the way, let’s look at two Chrome add-ons or extensions that can make life even easier when using YouTube on your computer.


A great browser extension to remove YouTube distractions, including the recommended sidebar, video suggestions after finishing a video, user comments, related videos feed on the homepage, trending tab and many more. You can also turn off autoplay or annotations.

Unhook chrome extension for YouTube.

Install via Chrome web store (also available for Firefox and Edge)


This Chrome extension will simply hide watched YouTube videos from your homepage, so you always get new recommendations instead of already watched videos.

Install FreshView via Chrome web store

Bonus: Picture-in-Picture

Not a declutter extension per se, but helpful nonetheless. This extension comes directly from Google and allows you to watch videos in a floating window (you can adjust size and location) so you can keep an eye on what you’re watching while interacting with other sites, or applications.

Install Picture-in-Picture via Chrome web store



Bjorn Amherd

Product design lead for the dealership experience at carsales. 20+ years experience. Worked for REA, Myer, HESTA, Bunnings, Optus, Fisher & Paykel in the past..