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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.

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.

Turn Restricted Mode on or off

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Computer

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.

Lock Restricted Mode

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

Mobile site
  1. Sign in to your account.
  2. In the top right, tap menu More Menu.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Restricted Mode to turn it on or off.
Android
  1. Sign in to your account.
  2. On the top right, tap menu   .
  3. Select Settings > General.
  4. Turn Restricted mode on or off.
iOS
  1. Sign in to your account.
  2. In the top right, tap menu  .
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Restricted Mode Filtering.
  5. Turn Restricted Mode on or off:
    • Don't filter: Restricted Mode off
    • Strict: Restricted Mode on
Android TV

Note: This only turns on Restricted Mode on your Android TV.

  1. Sign in to your accounts.
  2. From the Home screen, scroll down to the Apps row.
  3. Select YouTube.
  4. Scroll down and select Settings Gear .
  5. Select Restricted Mode or Safety Mode.
  6. Select Enabled or Disabled.

How Restricted Mode works

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

Once enabled, Restricted Mode will remain on regardless of whether you are logged in or not, or if another person is logged into a different YouTube account.

If you remain logged in to the YouTube account that uses Restricted Mode, other users of the computer will be able to adjust the setting. To ensure that this lock is not tampered with, make sure to sign out of the account that enabled Restricted Mode.

Restricted Mode availability

Restricted Mode is available in all languages, but due to potential cultural sensitivities, the quality may vary.

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