Age restrict your own video

This type of age restriction is imposed by the uploader and is not a result of a review by YouTube. You can use this feature to age-restrict any of your own videos that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

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 will not show ads by default and can not be monetized.

When deciding whether to age restrict content, you should consider issues such as violence, disturbing imagery, nudity, sexually suggestive content, and portrayal of dangerous or illegal activities. Go to our help center 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, whether or not the video was restricted by the uploader.

If the video uploaded is meant to be an ad, don't use this type of age restriction since 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. Upload the video to YouTube.
  2. Click Advanced Settings.
  3. Check the box under "Age restrictions."

Add age restriction to uploaded videos

  1. Go to your Video Manager.
  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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