Your content and Restricted mode

Restricted mode is an optional setting that has been available since 2010. It's used by a small subset of users, such as libraries, schools and public institutions, who choose to have a more limited viewing experience on YouTube. Restricted mode is turned off for viewers by default. Learn how to turn Restricted mode on or off.

What does Restricted mode do?
Restricted mode was created to give viewers better control over the content that they see. It's an option to  intentionally limit your YouTube experience.
Viewers can choose to turn on Restricted mode for their personal accounts. It may also be turned on for computers in libraries, schools and other public institutions by the institution's system administrator. Viewers who turn on Restricted mode cannot see comments on videos. 
How does Restricted mode work?
There are two ways a video can end up being unavailable when Restricted mode is turned on.
  • Primarily, our automated system checks signals like the video's metadata, title and the language used in the video.
  • Some videos may not be available in Restricted mode and might be a result of human reviewers applying an age restriction to a video.
We understand that our automated system sometimes makes mistakes when assessing which videos are available in Restricted mode. We're always looking to improve our automated systems.
Will my content show if my viewers have Restricted mode turned on?

Videos containing potentially adult content will not be shown to viewers who have Restricted mode turned on.

  • Drugs and alcohol: Talking about drug use or abuse, or drinking alcohol in videos.
  • Sexual situations: Overly detailed conversations about or depictions of sex or sexual activity. Some educational, straightforward content about sexual education, affection or identity may be included in Restricted mode. Kissing or affection that's not overly sexualised or the focal point of the video may also be included in Restricted mode.
  • Violence: Graphic descriptions of violence, violent acts, natural disasters and tragedies, or even violence in the news.
  • Mature subjects: Videos that cover specific details about events related to terrorism, war, crime and political conflicts that resulted in death or serious injury, even if no graphic imagery is shown.
  • Profane and mature language: Inappropriate language, including profanity.
  • Incendiary and demeaning content: Video content that is gratuitously incendiary, inflammatory or demeaning towards an individual or group.
We know that there's a risk that some important content could be lost when we apply these rules without context. We value stories where individuals discuss their personal experiences and share their emotions. Sharing stories about facing discrimination, opening up about your sexuality and confronting/overcoming discrimination is what makes YouTube great. We'll work to make sure that those stories are included in Restricted mode. But just a reminder, to be included, your content must follow the guidelines above.
Is Restricted mode the same as age-gating or age-restricting videos?
No, a video that is not available in Restricted mode is not necessarily age restricted.
Age-restricted content may not be appropriate for all audiences. Content will not be made visible to users who are:
  • Signed out
  • Are under 18 years of age
  • Have Restricted mode turned on
Learn more about age-restricted content.
How do I check whether my videos are filtered through YouTube's Restricted mode? 
To check, you can turn on Restricted mode and search to see if the video appears. You can also go directly to the video's URL to see whether it's viewable or not.
Note: At times, videos are not available in RM upon initial upload, as our system reviews them. Please allow some time before checking for availability.
Is my video filtered in Restricted mode when it's reported as inappropriate by the community?
A video is not automatically filtered from Restricted mode when it's reported by the community.
Our team reviews reported videos for violations of our Community Guidelines. Some videos don't violate our policies but may not be appropriate for all audiences. In these cases, our review team may place an age restriction on the video. Videos that are age restricted will not appear for users who have Restricted mode turned on.
Does Restricted mode affect monetisation for my videos?
You can still monetise videos even if they may not be available when Restricted mode is on.
My videos are filtered through Restricted mode. How do I stop this from happening?
If you edit the video, our system may review it again. If after reviewing our guidelines you still feel that your video should appear in Restricted mode, please let us know by submitting your feedback.
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