How to Restore Dislike Counter in YouTube

You can restore the YouTube dislike count and see how many dislikes a YouTube video got with a simple trick. Here is how to do it.

YouTube makes constant changes to its website and apps to improve user and creator experience. Considering the size and scope of YouTube, constant changes and improvements are very much needed. Generally, there is always something wrong with each feature YouTube introduces or removes. One such wrongful thing that YouTube did recently is removing the dislike count from the website and its Android and iOS apps.

If you are wondering, you can still dislike a video, but YouTube will not publicly show the number of dislikes. It is completely hidden from the public eye. Of course, the video creators can still see how many dislikes they got on a particular video.

Like many of you, the like to dislike ratio is one of my go-to methods to measure video content quality. Now, it is not the only metric I use to judge the video quality, but it is crucial. By removing the public dislike count on videos, YouTube does a big disservice to its audience and creators. After all, YouTube removed the only way the public can show and see their dissatisfaction towards a particular video.

That being said, thanks to a free extension for Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and other browsers, you can restore the dislike count in YouTube with ease. Let me show you how to do it in simple steps.

Why did YouTube remove the dislike count?

According to YouTube, it removed the public dislike count to “promote respectful interactions between viewers and creators.”

Now, the thing with this statement is that even the YouTube creators don’t buy it.

In the end, it only hurts the regular audience who want to show and see their dissatisfaction towards a video. After all, it is the only public way to see mass reaction towards a particular YouTube video.

You can read the full YouTube announcement here —

Show or restore dislike count in YouTube

As soon as YouTube announced they were setting the dislike count to private, independent developers worked overtime to restore the dislike count.

Even though YouTube removed the API access, developers backed up the dislike count of millions of videos and used clever tricks and algorithms to ascertain a rough dislike count and like to dislike ratio.

The extension is free and open-source.

Restore YouTube dislike count in Chrome

If you are a Chrome user, you can install a small extension to restore the YouTube dislike count. Here is how to do it.

  1. Open the Chrome browser.
  2. Go to this webpage.
  3. Click the “Add to Chrome” button.
  4. Click the “Add extension” button.
  5. You have successfully installed the extension.
install return YouTube dislikes extension

That is it. You don’t have to configure anything. Open the YouTube website and play a video; you should see the dislike counter in its usual place. If the YouTube website is already opened, you have to reload it to see the dislike counter.

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Restore YouTube dislike count in Edge

If you are daily driving the Edge browser, you can use the same extension designed for Chrome to return the dislike count in YouTube. Here are the steps.

  1. Open the Edge browser.
  2. Go to this webpage.
  3. Click the “Add to Chrome” button.
  4. Click the “Add extension” button.
  5. You have successfully installed the extension.

Finally, open the YouTube website or reload it and play a video; you should see the dislike count right under the video. i.e., next to the Like option.

How does the extension work to show YouTube dislike count?

To be specific, the extension uses a “combination of scraped dislike stats, estimates extrapolated from extension user data and estimates based on view\like ratios.”

If you are wondering, yes, the dislike count will not be accurate, but it will give you a rough idea of what’s going on.

The good thing is, the more people use the extension, the more accurate it gets in showing the YouTube dislike count.

Learn more from here —

Can I restore the dislike count in the YouTube app (Android and iOS)?

No, you cannot. As of now, there is no way. The extension will only work on the YouTube website on supported web browsers (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, and Brave).

That is all. It is that simple to show dislike count under YouTube videos.

I hope this simple and easy guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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