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Set country and age restrictions for your Google+ profile and content

If you'd like to share posts or other content meant for a specific age group or country, you can use your Google+ settings to choose who sees that content.

For more details about what is and isn't allowed on Google+, please read our User Content and Conduct Policy.

Restrict access by age or location

Restrict by selecting an age range

  1. On your computer, open Google+.

  2. In the top left corner, click Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Other", next to "Target Audience", click Edit.
  4. To choose the type of people that you want to reach, next to "Target Audience", click the Down arrow Down Arrow. You can pick: "Anyone", "Users aged 18 and older", "Users aged 21 or older" or "Custom".
  5. At the bottom of the page, click the box confirming that you’ve read the instructions and then click Save.

Restrict by setting a minimum age

  1. On your computer, open Google+.
  2. In the top left corner, click Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Other", next to "Target Audience", click Edit.
  4. Next to "Target Audience", click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then Custom.
  5. Next to "Global Settings", click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then Minimum user age and then type an age.
  6. At the bottom of the page, click the box confirming that you’ve read the instructions and then click Save.

Restrict access by location

  1. On your computer, open Google+.
  2. In the top left corner, click Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Other", next to "Target Audience", click Edit.
  4. Next to "Target Audience", click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then Custom.
  5. To select who can view your content, in the search box under "Country-specific settings", type the name of the country and click the Down arrow, Down Arrow. You can choose "Anyone", "No one" or you can set a minimum age for users in that country.
  6. Click Add and then at the bottom of the page, click the box confirming that you’ve read the instructions and thenSave.

Note: You can change your settings at any time. If you add more restrictions, people who've seen your profile and content in the past may not be able to see all your content any more.

If you remove restrictions, it will only affect what you post after you change your settings. It won't change who can see the content that you posted before you changed your settings.

What restricted users can and can't see

Restricted users may be able to see some of your content, even if you've used your settings to choose who can see your content.

What restricted users can see What restricted users can't see
Your profile name, profile photo and cover photo Your posts after restrictions were turned on
Photos (including those shared through posts), communities, Hangouts, events, reviews and any Google+ content other than posts Certain information in the "About" section of your profile
Comments that you've made from your profile  
Your YouTube channel and videos, unless you've turned on age-restriction settings through YouTube  

Note: Some Google+ features, such as communities and events, require owners and moderators. Owners and moderators can see and manage the content that you share on their page, even if they're in a category you've restricted.

Some other things to bear in mind:

  • Signed in or out: If you use target audience settings, they'll apply to signed-in Google users who've added their date of birth to their account. If a person is signed out, they won't be able to see age-restricted content. Country-specific restrictions will apply whether the person is signed in or out.
  • Content affected: Your target audience settings currently affect posts and some information on the About tab. But in the future, they may affect other content that you post too. If that happens, this article will be updated to explain those changes.
  • Finding content through search: Even if you use these restrictions, people may still find your content by searching for it. This means that your target-audience settings won't change how your content is seen by search engines, web crawlers or the Google+ API.
Special considerations for regulated goods and services

You can't use Google+ to facilitate the sale of regulated goods such as alcohol or tobacco. If you do, Google may remove the offending content or suspend your account.

Automatically or administratively restricted profiles

In some cases, we may restrict profiles because of legal or policy considerations. When this happens, these restrictions can't be changed, but additional restrictions can be added.

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