Accessibility on YouTube Kids

The YouTube Kids app works with Android’s accessibility feature, TalkBack, which gives accessibility support for blind and low-vision users. Go to the Android Accessibility Help Center to learn more, including how to turn on these settings.

Getting started

After you’ve turned on your Android accessibility settings, TalkBack and Explore By Touch can help you explore content and elements in the YouTube app. Review the Explore By Touch instructions for more info about these features.

Navigate the app

Once you’ve opened the app, you can use two fingers to scroll from right to left to view family friendly videos, channels, and playlists. Double-tap on any thumbnail to view the video or explore the channel or playlist. Double-tap "back button” to go back.

Search for videos

Double-tap on the search button and add your search terms to the "edit box." To do a voice search, double-tap on the “voice search button” and speak your search terms.

Play videos

Once you've found a video to play, double-tap to begin playback; the video will automatically go into full screen mode. Double-tap again to minimize a video during playback.

  • Skip ad: Double-tap “you can skip ad button" to skip the ad before your video.
  • Pause: Double-tap “pause video button" to pause the video.
  • Next video: Double-tap “next video button" to play the next related video.

Below the video, you'll find related videos that you can play once your video is finished.

Autoplay videos

By default the autoplay setting is turned off. When autoplay is turned on, we’ll automatically play another related video.

To turn on Autoplay:

  1. Go to the watch page of any video in YouTube Kids.
  2. Double-tap “more options” button. 
  3. Double-tap “autoplay off button” to turn autoplay on. Double-tap “autoplay on button” if you want to turn autoplay off.
Set a timer

Set a timer:

  1. Double-tap the “parental control” button. It will be in the bottom right hand corner of any page.
  2. Tap the “grown ups only” Menu and enter the numbers.
  3. Double-tap the “timer” button.
  4. Double-tap the “subtract one minute button” or “add one minute button” to set a time limit.
  5. Double-tap the “start timer” button.
Send feedback

Send feedback about the app:

  1. Double-tap the “parental control” button.
  2. Tap the “grown ups only” Menu and enter the numbers.
  3. Double-tap the “feedback” button.
  4. Enter your feedback in the “edit box".
  5. Double-tap “preview button”.
  6. Double-tap “send button”.
Report inappropriate videos

Report an inappropriate video:

  1. Go to the video you’d like to report.
  2. Double-tap “more options” button.
  3. Double tap “flag video” button.
  4. Double tap “Yes” button.
Clear watch and search history

Clear watch and search history and reset the videos in the Recommendations section of the app:

  1. Double-tap the “parental control” button.
  2. Tap the “grown ups only” Menu and enter the numbers.
  3. Double-tap “settings” button.
  4. Double-tap “clear history.
  5. Double tap “OK” button.
Audio settings

Turn off the audio that plays within the app:

  1. Double-tap the “parental control” button.
  2. Tap the “grown ups only” Menu and enter the numbers.
  3. Double-tap “settings” button.
  4. To turn the sounds on or off, double-tap the “background music” checkbox and “sound effects” checkbox buttons.
Search settings

To turn off search and limit viewable videos to videos selected by the app on the home screen; including“recommended videos” and “watch it again”:

  1. Double-tap the “parental control” button.
  2. Tap the “grown ups only” Menu and enter the numbers.
  3. Double-tap “settings” button.
  4. Double-tap the “search" check box.
Pause watch and search history
When you turn on Pause history, the app will stop using:
  • Videos you watch, or
  • Terms you search for
As signals for Recommended and Watch it again videos. You can turn on Pause history in the app’s parental settings by switching the button to ON.

 

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