"No Distractions" for YouTube 4+

Take control of your attention


    • 4.7 • 16 Ratings
    • $1.29


Need to do something on YouTube but get distracted by recommended videos? Use "No Distractions" for YouTube to hide distractions and stay on task!

"No Distractions" for YouTube is an open-source Safari App Extension I built to help myself. It lets you take control over your use of YouTube instead of letting the YouTube algorithms control you...!

It does this by letting you hide video recommendations, and many other distractions on the front, search, and watch pages (e.g., control whether you want to see comments, thumbnail images, view & like counts, etc). Oh, and the app also also hides the ads that are inserted in your search results. :)

You can decide for yourself which parts you want to see, by clicking the extension icon.

If you want the app to remember your settings for next time, click 'save settings'.

If you need to add a little friction to change the settings, so that you don't turn distractions back on too easily, you can set a wait time. This will make you wait e.g. 5 seconds when you open the settings before they appear.

The app is open source and does not collect any data. You can inspect the source code, report bugs, and suggest additional features or improvements on: https://github.com/ulyngs/open-source-no-distractions-for-youtube

What’s New

Version 3.13

Hi folks,

this update adds two new features:

- you can now blur the video thumbnail images, as well as remove them -- just click twice on the checkbox
- you can now hide the notification bell altogether, or just hide the red notification marker -- click once to hide the bell, click twice to just hide the notification marker

Thanks to the users who suggested this on GitHub -- please keep the feedback and suggestions for improvement on https://github.com/ulyngs/open-source-no-distractions-for-youtube



Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Lenabenabobena ,

It actually works!

And perfect too. I aaaallmost wrote a bad review because didnt understand how to make the app work. I did not know that this app is essentially an extension. Never know Safari had extensions!

What you have to do is go to Safari’s search bar, hit the double As on the left and go to “Manage Extensions” to turn on the extension. The instructions are in the app but I didnt understand. But I got it quickly.

I also was hesitant to put this on my phone because I didnt know if I can trust this app. But according to Apple itself, all apps in the store have been vetted, so. This app will keep me on track and help curb my internet addiction. So thanks to the developer

Just Trying to Read ,

Expand comments!

Just downloaded and it seems to work fine on Mac OS Monterey.
However, when comments are toggled on, the option to expand the comment is not there.
I'm using this app to listen to my YT music playlist videos without distractions, and often the timestamps for the playlist are in the comments.
It would be lovely if the option to expand comments was added!

Developer Response ,

Hi there! Thanks for flagging this -- I am not entirely sure what you mean by 'the option to expand the comment'? Are you able to send a screenshot to ulrik.lyngs@cs.ox.ac.uk and I will try fixing this? :)

jacoshlu ,

Really appreciated! One feature missing

I really value this tool, it has helped me reclaim my attention. One thing I wish is that if we checked "Show comments", that option would persist and stay on for other videos and we don't have to keep re-checking it

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