Turn Restricted Mode on or off

Restricted Mode is an optional setting you can use on YouTube. This feature can help screen out potentially mature content you or others using your devices may prefer not to view.

Turn Restricted Mode on or off

iOS app

  1. In the top right, tap your profile picture.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Restricted Mode Filtering.
  4. Turn Restricted Mode on or off:
    • Don't filter: Restricted Mode off
    • Strict: Restricted Mode on

Mobile site

  1. In the top right, tap More More Menu.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Restricted Mode to turn it on or off.

Problems disabling Restricted Mode

Computers in libraries, universities, and other public institutions may have Restricted Mode enabled by the system administrator. If you're using a public computer and can't disable Restricted Mode, contact your system administrator.

Control Restricted Mode for your family

If you’re a parent using the Family Link app, you can go into the app’s settings and turn Restricted Mode on for your child's account. If you’ve enabled Restricted Mode via Family Link for their account, the Restricted Mode setting can’t be changed by your child on any of your child’s signed-in devices.

More info on Restricted Mode

We use many signals—such as video title, description, metadata, Community Guidelines reviews, and age-restrictions—to identify and filter out potentially mature content. Restricted Mode is available in all languages, but due to differences in cultural norms and sensitivities, the quality may vary.  When restricted mode is enabled, you will not be able to see comments on the videos you watch.

Restricted Mode works on the browser or device level, so you must turn it on for each browser you use. If your browser supports multiple profiles, you must enable it for each profile. 


Assistant Speakers and Smart Displays 

  1. Open the Home app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap the Speaker or Smart Display you would like to modify.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Notifications & digital wellbeing.
  5. Tap YouTube Settings.
  6. There are two ways you can control Restricted Mode settings for your Smart Display:
    1. You can turn on or off Restricted Mode for yourself, and
    2. You can turn on or off  Restricted Mode for all other users (can be set by any device manager). 

Note: Restricted Mode is set at the device level. 
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