YouTube Kids & your child's Google Account

When you use Family Link to create a Google Account for your child under 13, your child can sign in to the YouTube Kids app on their Android device where it’s available. However, they can't use any other YouTube apps or features until they turn 13 and choose to manage their own Google Account.

Note: If you live in the European Union and you created a Google Account for your child using Family Link, your child may begin using other YouTube apps and features when they are 13 years old. Learn more.

How YouTube Kids works

If you let your child download the YouTube Kids app on an Android device, you'll set up the app for your child before they can use it.

You'll decide:

  • The content level setting you want for your child (currently United States only)
  • Whether your child can use the search function in the app

Note: There are some other YouTube Kids settings, like sound and casting, that can only be changed from your child's app. Learn more in the YouTube Kids Parental Guide.

Change YouTube Kids settings

  1. On your device, open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the "Settings" card, tap Manage settings and then More and then YouTube Kids. You won't see "YouTube Kids" if you haven't set up the app on their Android device.
  4. Choose your child's settings:
    • Content level: Choose the content level that's right for your child (currently United States only)
    • Search: Turn Search on or off
    • Unblock videos: Unblock all videos and channels that have been blocked in your child's YouTube Kids app

You can also use the Family Link app to manage your child's activity settings, including their YouTube Search History and YouTube Watch History. 

How YouTube works when your child turns 13 (European Union only)

If you live in the European Union and you use Family Link to manage a Google account for your child, your child may begin using the YouTube app and other features when they are 13 years old. Learn more.

Control access to YouTube

You can control access to the YouTube site and YouTube app on your child’s Android device if:

Block or allow the YouTube site

Follow these steps to control whether your child can go to the YouTube site on their Android device.

Block or allow the YouTube app

Follow these steps to control whether your child can use the YouTube app on their Android device.

Turn Restricted Mode on or off

No content filter settings are turned on in YouTube by default. You can turn on Restricted Mode to help screen out potentially mature content that you may not want your child to see. No filter is 100% accurate, but it should help your child avoid most of this content.

Restricted Mode works on the device or browser level, so you must turn it on within YouTube on each device or browser your child uses. Learn more.

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