How to Remove YouTube Recommendations from Google Search

Get pure Google Search results with no YouTube recommendations.

YouTube videos often dominate Google’s search results if you use certain keywords, like “how to…” to do a search. This might not be the search results you want if you’re not prepared to watch YouTube videos than reading text content.

The good news is there are ways to remove YouTube recommendations from Google’s Search Engine Results Page. Here are two:

1. Use an Operator

In the Google Search box, add this operator -site:youtube.com to the search term. This removes all YouTube recommendations from the search results. If you find this cumbersome to repeat adding the operator each time to do a search, you can actually add a modified search engine to your browser.

2. Modify the Search Engine

To always remove YouTube recommendations from Google’s Search Engine Results Page, you can add a modified Google Search engine to Chrome, Edge, Opera, or other supported browsers.

If you’re using Chrome, follow these steps:

  1. Click the three-dot menu and select Settings in Chrome;
  2. Scroll down to Search engine, click Manage search engine;
  3. Copy the Query URL of the Google Search engine (Highlight the Query URL by triple-clicking, then right-click on it and copy)
  4. Insert this string +-site:youtube.com+ into the Query URL after search?q=, as highlighted below:
    {google:baseURL}search?q=+-site:youtube.com+%s&{google:RLZ}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}{google:assistedQueryStats}{google:searchFieldtrialParameter}{google:iOSSearchLanguage}{google:prefetchSource}{google:searchClient}{google:sourceId}{google:contextualSearchVersion}ie={inputEncoding}
  5. Click the Add button next to Other search engine.
  6. Name the search engine you like, type a keyword and paste the modified Query URL into the third field, which may appear as follows:
  7. Click Add, then make the modified Google Search engine as default.

The steps are quite similar in other supported browsers that allow adding a search engine with the Query URL set by users.

Get the Google Search results, sans YouTube recommendations.

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