How to enable YouTube restricted mode to block inappropriate content

YouTube recommends enabling restricted mode to prevent children from being exposed to inappropriate content. Below are the steps to enable YouTube restricted mode on iPhone, Android Phone, Mac and Windows 10 PC.

Activate YouTube restricted mode

While YouTube has tons of videos for kids of all ages, it also has content that isn’t appropriate for them.

Even more troubling is the presence on YouTube of numerous videos that look like versions of popular cartoons but contain disturbing and inappropriate content that is clearly not suitable for children.

Thousands of videos on YouTube look like versions of popular cartoons, but contain disturbing and inappropriate content not suitable for children – BBC

YouTube suggests you use restricted mode filtering to protect children from being exposed to inappropriate content. Once you enable restricted mode, YouTube automatically filters out explicit videos on your device.

Before proceeding with the actual steps to enable YouTube restricted mode, it is important that you note the following.

1. Restricted mode works at the browser and device level. This means that you have to enable YouTube restricted mode separately for each device and browser you use on a given device.

2. When restricted mode is on, you won’t be able to see the comments on YouTube videos you’re watching.

3. You can lock restricted mode on your device by logging into your Google account and clicking “Save and lock safe mode” instead of “Save”. This keeps YouTube restricted mode always on for anyone using your device.

Also, you must be aware that YouTube filtering may not always work as intended in Restricted Mode. This is because YouTube relies on video title, description, metadata, and community feedback to filter out inappropriate videos.

Therefore, it’s entirely possible for a video to bypass restricted mode in YouTube unless the video has been flagged as inappropriate by the community or contains content not suitable for children.

Enable restricted mode in YouTube app for iPhone and iPad

Follow the steps below to enable restricted mode on YouTube app for iPhone and iPad.

1. Open youtube App on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Next, tap the account icon located in the top right corner of your screen.

YouTube account icon on iPhone

3. On the next screen, tap settings Possibility.

YouTube app settings option on iPhone

4. On the settings screen, tap Filtering in restricted mode option (see picture below)

Filter option for YouTube restricted mode on iPhone

5. On the next screen, tap strict to set the restricted mode filtering for the YouTube app on your iPhone

Enable restricted mode in YouTube app on iPhone

Enable restricted mode in YouTube app for Android phones and tablets

Follow the steps below to enable YouTube restricted mode in YouTube app for Android phones and tablets

1. Open youtube App on your Android phone or tablet.

2. Next, tap on the 3 dots Menu icon is located in the top right corner of your screen.

YouTube settings icon on Android phone

3. On the next screen, tap settings Option in the displayed menu (see image below)

YouTube app settings option on Android Phone

4. On the YouTube settings screen, tap General.

General settings option of YouTube app on Android phone

5. Activate on the next screen Restricted mode by moving the switch to ON Position.

Enable restricted mode in YouTube app on Android phone

Enable YouTube restricted mode on Mac and Windows 10 PC

Follow the steps below to enable YouTube restricted mode on your Mac or Windows 10 PC.

1. Open youtube on your Mac or PC using Safari or another web browser

2. Once on YouTube, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click Restricted mode button (see image below).

Enable YouTube restricted mode on Mac and Windows 10 PC

3. Once you click on the Restricted Mode button. You see the option to turn on or Turn off Restricted Mode (see image above)

4. Enable YouTube restricted mode for the web browser on your Mac or PC by clicking ON option and then click Save on computer.

As mentioned above, you can block YouTube restricted setting for YouTube on your Mac or Windows 10 PC by signing in your Google account.

Enable YouTube restricted mode in iPhone Safari browser

Follow the steps below to enable YouTube restricted mode in the Safari browser of your iPhone or iPad.

1. Open youtube App on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Next, tap the 3 point menu icon in the top right corner of your screen.

YouTube settings icon on iPhone in Safari browser

3. On the next screen, tap settings option in the displayed menu.

YouTube settings option in iPhone Safari browser

4. On the settings screen, just tap Restricted mode option to turn on this option for YouTube in Safari browser.

Enable YouTube restricted mode in iPhone Safari browser

This will prevent inappropriate videos from playing on YouTube in case someone accesses YouTube on your iPhone or iPad using the Safari browser.

Enable YouTube restricted mode in Android Chrome browser

Follow the steps below to enable YouTube restricted mode in Android Chrome browser

1. Visit youtube Use the Chrome browser on your Android phone or tablet.

2. Next, tap on the 3 dots Menu icon is located in the top right corner of your screen.

YouTube settings menu icon on android phone

3. On the next screen, tap settings Option in the displayed menu (see image below)

YouTube settings option in Android Chrome browser

4. On the settings screen, just tap Restricted mode Option to enable restricted mode for YouTube in Android Chrome browser.

Enable YouTube restricted mode in Android Chrome browser

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