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Disable or enable Restricted Mode

You can use Restricted Mode to help screen out potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or don't want others in your family to see on YouTube. We use community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content. Restricted Mode is available in all languages, but due to potential cultural sensitivities, the quality may vary.

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Turn Restricted Mode on or off

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.

Before you start: 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. If you want Restricted Mode to stay enabled for anyone using this browser, you can lock Restricted Mode.

Turn Restricted Mode on or off

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and click the Restricted Mode drop-down menu.
  3. Select On or Off.
  4. Click Save.

 

Once enabled, Restricted Mode remains on regardless of whether you're logged in or not (and if another person logs into a different YouTube account). Make sure to sign out of the account that turned Restricted Mode on so that other users of the computer can't change the setting.

Lock or unlock Restricted Mode

Lock Restricted Mode

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and click the Restricted Mode drop-down menu.
  3. Select Lock Restricted Mode on this browser.
  4. When prompted, enter your account password.

Unlock Restricted Mode

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and click Unlock Restricted Mode on this browser.
  3. When prompted, enter your username and password.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Off.
  5. Click Save.
 

Stuck in Restricted Mode even after attempting to disable?

If you’ve entered your username and password and Restricted Mode remains on, try contacting your system administrator for additional assistance.

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