Disable or enable Safety mode

Safety mode is an opt-in setting available on the computer and mobile site that helps to screen out potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or don't want others in your family to stumble across while enjoying YouTube. You can think of this as a parental control setting for YouTube.

Computers found in libraries, universities and other public institutions may have Safety mode enabled by the system administrator. If you are using a public computer and cannot disable Safety mode, contact your system administrator.

Enable or disable Safety mode:

Computer
  1. Scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and click the drop-down menu in the "Safety" section.
  2. Select the On or Off option to enable or disable this feature.
Enable Safety Mode

Lock Safety mode:

If you would like Safety mode to stay enabled for anyone using this browser, you must lock Safety mode.

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and click the drop-down menu in the "Safety" section.
  3. Click "Lock safety mode on this browser".
  4. Enter your password again to lock safety mode on this browser.

Turn Safety mode off:

  1. Scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and click "Safety: On".
  2. Then click the "off" option.
  3. If you've locked Safety mode, you'll be prompted to login; enter your username and password to confirm that you'd like to turn off Safety mode.
  4. Once you've successfully logged in, scroll to the bottom of the page to turn Safety mode off.

Stuck in Safety mode even after attempting to disable?

If you've entered your username and password and Safety mode remains enabled, then you may wish to contact your system administrator for additional assistance.

Mobile site

Safety mode is available on our mobile site.

Enable Safety Mode
  1. Touch the YouTube logo on the top left to expand the menu.
  2. Touch the gear icon to enter the settings menu.
  3. Touch the "Safety mode" section to enable or disable this feature.
Android
  1. Touch Menu > Settings > General
  2. Under Safety mode, tick the box to enable this feature.
Enable Safety Mode
iOS
  1. Expand the menu in the top left.
  2. Touch the gear symbol to enter the settings menu.
  3. Select "Safety mode filtering".
  4. You can choose between strict or no filtering.
Enable Safety mode
Android TV

Note: This only turns on Safety mode on your Android TV.

  1. From the Home screen, scroll down to the Apps row.
  2. Find and select YouTube.
  3. Scroll down to Settings Gear on the left.
  4. Select Safety mode.
  5. Select Enabled or Disabled.

How Safety mode works:

While it's not 100 per cent accurate, we use community flagging, age restrictions and other signals to identify and filter out inappropriate content.

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

Once enabled, Safety 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 locked Safety mode, other users of the computer will be able to adjust this setting. To ensure that this lock is not tampered with, you will have to log out of the account that enabled Safety mode.

Safety mode availability:

Safety mode is available in all languages. The quality and cultural sensitivities vary at different levels. We will continue to roll out improvements for all languages.

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