Accessibility on the YouTube Kids mobile app

The YouTube Kids app works with Android’s accessibility feature, TalkBack, which gives accessibility support for blind and low-vision users. Go to the Android Accessibility Help Center to learn more, including how to turn on these settings.

Getting started

After you’ve turned on your Android accessibility settings, TalkBack and Explore By Touch can help you explore videos and settings in the YouTube app. Review the Explore By Touch instructions for more info about these features.

Explore the app

Once you’ve opened the app, you can use two fingers to scroll from right to left to view family friendly videos, channels, and playlists. Double-tap on any thumbnail to view the video or explore the channel or playlist. Double-tap the "back” button to go back.

Search for videos

Double-tap on the "search" button and add your search terms to the "Search Youtube Kids" edit box. To do a voice search, double-tap on the "voice search" button and speak your search terms.

Play videos

Once you've found a video to play, double-tap to begin playback. The video will automatically go into full screen mode. Double-tap again to minimize a video during playback.

  • Skip ad: Double-tap the "you can skip ad" button to skip the ad before your video.
  • Pause: Double-tap the "pause video" button to pause the video.
  • Next video: Double-tap the "next video" button to play the next related video.

Below the video, find related videos you can play.

Autoplay videos

By default the autoplay setting is turned off. When autoplay is turned on, another related video will automatically play.

To turn on Autoplay:

  1. Go to the watch page of any video in YouTube Kids.
  2. Double-tap the "more options" button to navigate to the video options menu.
  3. Double-tap the "Autoplay" button to turn on autoplay. Double-tap the "Autoplay" button again if you want to turn autoplay off.
Set a timer

Set a timer:

  1. Double-tap the "parental control" button. It will be in the bottom-right corner of any page.
  2. In the "Parents only" menu that opens, enter the requested numbers, then tap the "SUBMIT" button.
  3. Double-tap the "Timer" button.
  4. Double-tap the "subtract one minute" button or "add one minute" button to set a time limit.
  5. Double-tap the "START TIMER" button.
Send feedback

Send feedback about the app:

  1. Double-tap the "parental control" button.
  2. In the "Parents only" menu that opens, enter the requested numbers, then tap the "SUBMIT" button.
  3. Double-tap the "Feedback" button.
  4. Double-tap either "HAPPY" or "UNHAPPY."
  5. Double-tap the "SEND FEEDBACK" button, then enter your feedback.
  6. Double-tap "Screenshot" to include one in your feedback.
  7. Double-tap the "send" button.
Report inappropriate videos

Report an inappropriate video:

  1. Go to the video that you’d like to report.
  2. Double-tap the "more options" button.
  3. Double-tap the "Report" button.
  4. Double-tap the "Inappropriate audio" button, "Inappropriate visuals" button, or "Other" button.
  5. Double-tap "REPORT."
Clear watch and search history

Clear watch and search history, watch it again, recommended, and offline videos:

  1. Double-tap the "parental control" button.
  2. In the "Parents only" menu that opens, enter the requested numbers, then tap the "SUBMIT" button.
  3. Double-tap the "settings" button.
  4. Double-tap the profile icon for the kid whose settings you’d like to update.
  5. Double-tap "Clear history."
  6. Double-tap the "OK" button.
Audio settings

Turn off the audio that plays within the app:

  1. In the upper-left corner of your screen, double-tap the "profile icon" button.
  2. Double-tap the "EDIT" button to change settings for the selected profile.
  3. Double-tap the "settings" button.
  4. Double-tap the "App music" and "Sound effects" switches to turn these features on and off.
Search settings

To turn off Search:

  1. Double-tap the "parental control" button.
  2. In the "Parents only" menu that opens, enter the requested numbers, then tap the "SUBMIT" button.
  3. Double-tap the "settings" button.
  4. Double-tap the profile icon for the kid whose settings you’d like to change.
  5. Double-tap the "Allow searching" switch.
Pause watch and search history

Pausing your watch and search history will stop new video views and new search terms from influencing recommended content. To pause watch and search history:

  1. Double-tap the "parental control" button.
  2. In the "Parents only" menu that opens, enter the requested numbers, then tap the "SUBMIT" button.
  3. Double-tap the "settings" button.
  4. Double-tap the profile icon for the kid whose settings you’d like to change.
  5. Double-tap the "Pause watch history" and "Pause search history" switches.
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