Understand changes to school accounts on YouTube

A Google Workspace for Education account is an email address given to you by your school. In this type of account, your school administrator manages your access to Google products like YouTube.

As of September 1, 2021, if your school administrator marks you under 18 years old, your school YouTube account will be moved to a limited version of YouTube. Your YouTube channel will no longer be tied to your school account, and you can no longer upload new videos to that channel. These changes only impact your YouTube experience on your school account through Google Workspace for Education, not your personal account.

Account restrictions for users under 18

If you’re in a primary or secondary institution and marked under the age of 18 by your school administrator, you have restrictions on YouTube content and features when you’re signed in to your Google Workspace for Education account.

Here are some of the features that are not available, if your school administrator has marked you as under 18 years old:

Watch

  • Live stream videos

Engage

  • Notifications (except personalized notifications with highlights of activity)
  • Comments
  • Live Chat
  • Create
  • Channel
  • Live stream
  • Posts
  • Public and unlisted playlist
  • Stories
  • Shorts
  • Video uploads

Buy

  • Channel memberships
  • Creator merchandise
  • Donations YouTube Giving
  • Movies & TV Shows
  • Super Chat & Super Stickers

YouTube apps

  • YouTube Music
  • YouTube Studio
  • YouTube TV
  • YouTube VR

Misc

  • Cast on TV
  • Connected gaming accounts
  • Incognito
  • Personalized ads
  • Restricted Mode

Download & save your content

If you’re over the age of 18:

Get in touch with your school administrator:

  • Ask your school administrator to mark your account as over 18.

After your administrator has updated your settings:

  • Sign in to YouTube.
  • Go to create a channel, and complete the workflow. Your account will be made visible and you can continue creating videos on your school account’s YouTube channel.

If you’re under 18:

  • Use Google Takeout to download and save your videos and other data (like comments and search history) that you’ve created on YouTube. If your account was created after September 2021, you will have 60 days to download your data from the time your school administrator marks you as under 18.
Note: Google Takeout is available if your school administrator activates it for your account.

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