How to Block Subreddits on Reddit
Are you fed up with the type of content appearing in your r/all list? Or perhaps you are worried about your reliance on Reddit and want to reduce your usage.
One way to stop wasting time on the platform is find out how to block subreddits – whether you are using the old or latest version of the site.
How to block a subreddit from the latest version of Reddit
When Reddit rolled out the new version of the platform in 2018, the ‘filter subreddit’ search box was no longer available on the r/all page. So, how can you block a subreddit from the latest iteration of the site?
Use the old version of Reddit
One option is to revert to the old version of the platform which is available at old.reddit.com 1 1. https://old.reddit.com/ × . Even if you have started using Reddit since 2018, it is possible to access the old site.
You will notice that the old version still has the ‘filter subreddit’ search box on the r/all page which will easily block a subreddit from your feed.
However, any subreddits you unsubscribe from on the old site will not vanish from the new version of Reddit – as soon as you log back on, they will be displayed in your r/all list. This applies whether you access the site on a mobile or desktop.
Spam vote the subreddit
It is possible to remove subreddits from your r/all feed on the latest version of Reddit if you spam vote it. However, this is not a particularly effective solution as thousands of other spam votes would be needed for the subreddit to get blocked.
Use a third-party tool
There are various third-party tools that will enable you to block subreddits from your r/all feed, including the Reddit Enhancement Suite (RES) 2 2. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/reddit-enhancement-suite/kbmfpngjjgdllneeigpgjifpgocmfgmb × which is not officially endorsed by Reddit. This app is available for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Opera. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to block a subreddit using RES:
- Go to reddit.com
- Click on the RES extension button and a drop-down menu will appear.
- Choose ‘options’ and the RES page will open.
- Click on the ‘filteReddit’ tab in the menu on the left-hand side under the subreddits category.
- Switch the ‘filteReddit’ toggle on.
- Customize your blocked subreddit settings.
- Tick the ‘+add filter’ button in the lower-left-hand corner of the box called ‘subreddits’.
- Enter the subreddit you want to block.
- Click the ‘save options’ button.
Upgrade your account to Reddit Premium
If you are not keen on using a third-party tool, then the best way to remove any unwanted subreddits is upgrade to Reddit Premium 3 3. https://www.reddit.com/premium × . For a monthly or annual subscription, you can easily block inappropriate or uninteresting subreddits from your r/all feed. Plus, the premium version of Reddit gives access to additional features and benefits.
Delete your Reddit account
Instead of just blocking subreddits, you can also just delete your Reddit account and either start fresh or stop using Reddit for good. You can also set up Reddit parental controls for additional options to reduce your usage.
How to block a subreddit from the old version of Reddit
If you have the old version of Reddit – which was available to users before the platform’s makeover in 2018 – the process of how to block time-wasting subreddits is very straightforward. Simply follow the two steps below to filter out any subreddits you don’t want to appear on your feed.
1. On the r/all page, enter the name of the subreddit you want to block in the ‘filter subreddit’ search box.
2. Click the + icon and the subreddit will disappear from your feed.
How to block subreddits on mobile
Unfortunately at the moment you can’t block subreddits through the mobile Reddit app. Instead follow the instructions listed above either using Old Reddit or the latest version of the site. In doing so, the subreddits will be blocked on your mobile as well.
You can, however, block someone specifically on Reddit if they are causing you issues on a personal level.
Are you addicted to Reddit?
Are you or a loved one struggling to control the amount of time you spend on Reddit? With so much information available, it’s easy to waste hours on the platform and this can cause problems in other areas of your life.
If the reason you want to know how to block subreddits from your r/all feed is because you are addicted to Reddit, we have coaching and support available at Game Quitters. You can also learn how to stop wasting time on Reddit.
You can also book a Gameplan call to discuss your situation, especially if you are also experiencing digital or gaming addiction.