Age-restrict your own video

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. Additionally, age-restricted videos may have limited or no ads.

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 audience setting.
  3. Click the drop down next to Age-restriction and select Yes, restrict my videos to viewers over 18.
  4. Follow prompts to finish the upload process.

Add age-restriction to uploaded videos

  1. Go to your Videos page in YouTube Studio.
  2. Click the title of the video you want to edit.
  3. Under Audience, click the drop down next to Age-restriction and select Yes, restrict my videos to viewers over 18.

Add age-restriction on a live stream

  1. In the upper right hand corner, click the camera icon .
  2. Click Go live
  3. Enter your live stream’s details information and audience setting. 
  4. Click the drop down next to Age-restriction and select Yes, restrict my videos to viewers over 18.

Check which videos are age-restricted

1. Go to your Videos page in YouTube Studio.
2. Use the ‘Age-Restriction’ filter to view all age-restricted video.
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