Control restricted content

You can block explicit music and video content from YouTube, Google Play Music, and other music/radio services from playing on Google Nest and Google Home speakers and displays and linked devices. 

Note: If Digital Wellbeing is enabled, this feature may be restricted or blocked by Downtime, Filters, or Do not disturb. Learn about Digital Wellbeing.

Digital Wellbeing and Filters

With Digital Wellbeing, you can use Filters to control explicit music and video content, as well as Assistant answers, Assistant Actions, and Calls.

Filters can be applied to everyone using your Google Nest or Home speaker or display or just Supervised Accounts and guests.

Please click here for more information on Digital Wellbeing and Filters.


To set up Filters:

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap Settings  and then. Digital wellbeing and then Set up and then Next.
    • Note: You can tap Skip to skip setting up filters. You can always come back to set up filters later.
  3. Choose who you want the filters to apply to.
    Everyone - Filters apply to everyone using your speaker or display.
    Only Supervised Accounts and guests - Filters apply only to Google Accounts managed with Family Link and guests. The filters you select will not be applied to your account or unsupervised accounts.
  4. Select the devices you want the filters to apply to and then tap Next.
  5. Video - Only plays videos from YouTube Restricted Mode, YouTube TV Filtered Mode, and YouTube Kids. You can also block all video content or allow all video services without any filtering.
  6. Music - Choose whether to block explicit music, all music or no music.
    Note: No filter is 100% accurate, but if you select to block explicit music it should help avoid most mature language and themes.
  7. Additional controls - Choose whether  you’d like to block any of the following set of features on your speaker or display.
    • Calls & messages - Block calls and messages through your speaker or display.
    • Assistant answers - Limit Assistant answers to basic subjects like weather.
    • Actions - Block third party Assistant actions that aren’t designated as Family Friendly.
  8. Tap Next to begin setting up Downtime.

YouTube Music and YouTube video search

Note: YouTube Music is only available in the U.S. and Australia.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your device and then Settings .
  3. Scroll down to "More," then tap YouTube settings restrictions.
  4. Turn YouTube Restricted Mode on On or off Off.

Here's more on YouTube Restricted Mode.

YouTube TV

You can allow only programs that are rated YT-Y, YT-G, G and PG.

Note: YouTube TV is available throughout the United States.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your device and then Settings .
  3. Scroll down to "More," then tap YouTube settings restrictions.
  4. Turn YouTube TV Content Filter on On or off Off.

Google Play Music

Important: In August 2020, Google Play Music will start to shut down some of its services and in September 2020, access to Google Play Music will start to go away for some users. If Google Play Music is your default music service, you can update your default service with the following steps. Learn how to transfer your Google Play Music account to YouTube Music.

  1. Open the Google Play Music website. Note: You can't adjust this setting on the Google Play Music app. 
  2. In the top left corner of the window, click Settings .
  3. In the "General" section, click the checkbox next to "Block explicit songs in radio."

Note: This will not block Google Play Music premium users from playing a specific explicit song or album.

Other music/radio services

Read the Pandora Help Center and Spotify Help Center to learn how to manage restricted content on those services.

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