Control restricted content

With Google Home app content filters, you can block explicit music and video content from YouTube and other music or radio services from playing on Google Nest and other Assistant-enabled speakers and displays. Parents can use these controls to limit which content their children can access.

Filters are part of the Google Home app’s Digital Wellbeing tools and can help you manage the use of your family’s speakers and displays.

Important: No filter is 100% effective, but these filters can help you manage access to mature content.

Set up Filters

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap Settings  and then Digital Wellbeing and then Set up or Add device filter.

How filters work

You can choose whether filters affect everyone using your device, or just guests and children with a Family Link account. You can apply filters to a specific device or to all supported devices.

Important: Videos and other content can be accessed through news, podcasts, and websites even if you turn on video and other content filters. For example, if you block videos but allow websites, people might be able to still access videos through websites.

Video

  • Allow any video: Your device will play all supported videos.
  • Only allow filtered videos: Your device will only play videos from the video services you choose.
  • Block all videos: Your device won’t play any videos.

Music

Important: Audiobooks and radio stations from services such as iHeartRadio and TuneIn are always available, regardless of your music filter setting.

  • Allow any music: Your device will play all music.
  • Only allow non-explicit music: Your device will allow you to choose from music services that can play non-explicit songs.
  • Block all music: Your device won’t play any music.

News

  • Allow news: Your device will play all supported news.
  • Block news: Your device won’t play any news.

Podcasts

  • Allow podcasts: Your device will play all supported podcasts.
  • Block podcasts: Your device won’t play any podcasts.

Calls

  • Allow calls: Your device can make any voice and video calls that it supports.
  • Block all calls: Your device won’t make voice or video calls. This doesn't block voice messages you broadcast to your family or in your home.

Google Assistant answers

  • Allow answers: Your device can respond with any supported answer.
  • Restrict answers: Your device will only respond to basic queries like the time and the weather.

Actions on Google

  • Allow all actions: actions are not filtered.
  • Only allow family-friendly actions: you'll only be able to use Actions for Families, which are appropriate for family members of all ages.

Websites

Important: This filter is only available on Smart Displays. If you link a supervised account for a child under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) to your Smart Display, the web may be blocked unless you allow websites.

  • Allow websites: Your Smart Display will open websites.
  • Block websites: Your Smart Display won’t open websites.

Why the web or a website may be unavailable

Additional settings for YouTube, YouTube Music, YouTube TV

YouTube Music and YouTube video search

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your device.
  3. Tap Settings  and then Notifications and Digital Wellbeing and then YouTube settings.
  4. Under ‘Use Restricted mode,’ turn on Restrict for me on this device or Restrict for unrecognised users on this device.

Learn more about YouTube Restricted mode.

YouTube TV

You can allow only programmes 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.
  3. Tap Settings  and then Notifications and Digital Wellbeing and then YouTube settings.
  4. Under ‘Filter content for YouTube TV,’ turn off Filter for me.

Turn on or off Autoplay next video

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your device.
  3. Tap Settings and then Notifications and Digital Wellbeing and then YouTube settings.
  4. Under ‘Autoplay next video’, tap Turn off for me or Turn off when someone isn’t recognised.
 
 
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