How to view YouTube dislikes in Chrome

YouTube’s official blog says the real reason why they removed the dislike button is to prevent targeted dislike campaigns towards specific creators. 

It removed the dislike count from the YouTube API on December 12th, 2021. Currently, you can only view the like count of a video. 

Dislike count was also a quality indicator for many types of videos. The only way to understand a video’s quality is by reading comments or watching it. 

However, you can get an idea if Return YouTube Dislike is installed on your Chrome or Firefox browser.

What is Return YouTube Dislike?

The browser extension collects video data using YouTube API and scraping. It has the dislike data of over 1 billion videos before removing the dislike count.

It still scrapes YouTube and saves the data on its own database. The extension uses a unique way of counting dislikes. 

The number of dislikes the extension shows = (Extension users dislike count/ Extension users like count) x Official like count. 

So, the extension relies on users to count the dislikes of a video using its formula. It’s not 100% accurate, but it gives you an idea as it has over 4 million installations from the Chrome Web Store.

It also doesn’t update the dislike count instantly. It uses a cached version of the dislike count and updates every 2-3 days. 

How to view YouTube dislikes in Chrome

Visit Chrome Web Store

Open Google Chrome on your browser and click the three-dots icon at the top right corner. A menu will appear on your screen. Move your mouse cursor over Extensions and click Visit Chrome Web Store.

Select Return YouTube Dislike

Click on Search this store;  type youtube dislike and press Enter. It will show a list of related extensions.  Select Return YouTube Dislike from the search results. 

Install Return YouTube Dislike

Click on Add to Chrome from the extension page. A pop-up will appear on your screen; select Add extension from the pop-up. 

View YouTube dislikes in Chrome

Wait a few seconds, and the extension will be installed on your browser. Now, go to the YouTube website and play a video. You can see the dislike count beside the like count.

Return YouTube dislike extension

Click the Extensions icon and select Return YouTube Dislike. The extension page will appear on your screen; click the gear icon at the top right corner to go to Settings.

Return YouTube Dislike Settings

Toggle on Disable like/dislike submission if you don’t want the extension to collect your likes and dislikes.

Return YouTube Dislike Options

You can also change the number format for the likes and dislikes count, color theme, etc. 


It’s not the ideal solution as many YouTube users use the mobile app, and the extension only works on a browser. 

But, still, you can get an idea as the extensions collect likes and dislikes from its millions of users.

The extension works great if a video is popular, as it can collect more data. It won’t work well for new or less popular videos. 

Uchchash Talukder Rana is the founder of @ansmegeek. He is the jack of all trades and master of a few. He uses Windows, Mac, Android & iOS on a daily basis. If he is not sleeping, either he is writing articles or playing Valorant.

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