Age-restrict your own video on YouTube

If any of your videos are not appropriate for viewers under 18, 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. Age-restricted videos may also have limited or no ads.

When deciding whether to age-restrict content, you should consider whether the content shows:

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

Learn more about age-restricted content.

Videos that you proactively age-restrict 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 restriction happens even if you also age-restrict the video.

If the video 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 a video

Add an age restriction when you upload a video

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. In the top right, click CREATE  and then Upload videos .
  3. Enter your video’s details and Audience setting.
  4. Click Age restriction (advanced) Minimize and then Yes, restrict my videos to viewers over 18.
  5. Follow the steps to finish the upload process.

Add an age restriction to uploaded videos

  1. Go to your Videos page.
  2. Next to the video you want to edit, click the box.
  3. Click Edit  and then Audience and then Age restriction (advanced) Minimize.
  4. Select Yes, restrict my videos to viewers over 18

Add an age restriction to a live stream

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. In the top right, click CREATE   and then Go live
  3. Enter your live stream’s details and Audience setting. 
  4. Click Age restriction (advanced) Minimize and then Yes, restrict my videos to viewers over 18.
  5. Follow the steps to finish the live stream process.

Check which videos are age-restricted

  1. Go to your Videos page.
  2. At the top, click Filter  and then Age restriction and then Viewers over 18 and then APPLY. The videos that show are age-restricted.
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