Age-restrict your own video

If any of your videos are not appropriate for all audiences, you can add an age restriction. This type of age restriction is self-imposed and is not a result of a review by YouTube.

When a video is age-restricted, viewers must be signed in and 18 years of age or older to view it. These videos are not shown in certain sections of YouTube. Also, age-restricted videos won't show ads by default and can't be monetized.

When deciding whether to age restrict content, you should consider issues such as:

  • Violence
  • Disturbing imagery
  • Nudity
  • Sexually suggestive content
  • Portrayal of dangerous activities

Go to our article on age restrictions for more information.

Videos that the uploader proactively age restricts are still subject to YouTube's Community Guidelines. If YouTube decides a video should be age-restricted, a permanent age restriction will be applied. This happens even if the uploader restricted the video. 

If the video uploaded is meant to be an ad, don't use this type of age restriction. It will result in ads being permanently disapproved.

How to age-restrict your videos that are not appropriate for all audiences on YouTube

How to age restrict a video

Add age restriction when you upload a video

  1. Select Upload  to begin uploading the video to YouTube.
  2. Enter your video’s details and information.
  3. On the “Advanced settings” tab, expand the “Additional options” box.
  4. Check the box next to “Enable age-restriction”.
  5. Follow prompts to finish the upload process.

Add age restriction to uploaded videos

  1. Go to your Videos page in YouTube Studio beta.
  2. Click the title of the video you want to edit.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Under “Additional options”, check the box next to Enable age restriction.

In Creator Studio Classic

  1. Go to your Video Manager.
  2. On the video you want to age restrict, click Edit.
  3. Click the Advanced settings tab.
  4. Under “Age restrictions”, check the box next to Enable age restriction.
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