Filter music with explicit content

Filters can help you place limits on how people in your household can use your Google Nest or Home speaker or display. You can use Filters to do things like block access to music with explicit lyrics, or define which video services are enabled.

Note: Filters are a part of Google Nest or Home’s Digital Wellbeing, a set of tools that you can use to control when and how your Google Nest or Home speakers or displays are used. To set up Digital Wellbeing on your speaker or display for the first time, please see the instructions here.

If you’ve already set up Digital Wellbeing, but want to set up or change your filter settings, please go here.

Music filter settings

You can choose whether music filtering applies to all users or guests, and users with accounts managed by Family Link. Filters can be applied to specific speakers or displays, or all of your Google Nest or Home devices. You have 3 options:

  • Allow any music - Explicit content will not be filtered at all and all services will be available. Anyone using speakers or displays to play music can listen to any music available from your connected streaming services.
  • Only non-explicit music - Guests and users with accounts managed by Family Link will only be able to use specific services which support playing non-explicit content and will only be able to play non-explicit songs.
  • Block all music - No music will play from the device.

Note: No filter is 100% accurate, but if you select to restrict explicit music it should help avoid most mature language and themes.
Note: Podcasts, Audio Books and radio stations accessed through services such as iHeartRadio and TuneIn are always available, regardless of your music filter setting.


Music filtering is currently available in YouTube Music.

Restricted content

You can ask your speaker or display to play a song, album, artist, genre or personal playlist. Here's what happens when a user plays music that includes content that’s restricted to them:


Your speaker or display will try to play a “clean” version of the song if available, however if an explicit version was selected, it will skip it and instead play a selection of similar songs by related artists.


Your speaker or display will skip any explicit songs on an album. If all of the songs on the album are restricted, the album won’t be played.

Artist or Band

When a specific artist is played, your speaker or display will shuffle songs from that artist’s catalog. With the music filter turned on, songs featuring explicit lyrics will not be played.

Playlists (Personal and automatically generated)

Any songs featuring explicit content in the playlist will be skipped.

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