Accessibility on YouTube Kids

The YouTube Kids app works with Android's accessibility feature, TalkBack, which provides accessibility support for blind and low-vision users. Visit the Android Accessibility Help Centre to find out more, including how to enable these settings.

Getting started

Once you've enabled your Android accessibility settings, TalkBack and Explore By Touch can help you to explore content and elements in the YouTube app. See the Explore By Touch instructions for more information 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 to explore the channel or playlist. Double-tap the "Back" button to go back.

Search for videos

Double-tap on the search button and enter your search query in the "Edit" box. To use the voice search feature, double-tap the "voice search" button and say your query.

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 minimise a video during playback.

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

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

Set a timer

Follow the steps below to set a timer:

  1. Double-tap the "Parental control" button 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

Follow the steps below to 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 the "Preview" button.
  6. Double-tap the "Send" button.
Report inappropriate videos

Follow the steps below to report an inappropriate video:

  1. Go to the video that 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

Follow the steps below to 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 the "OK" button.
Audio settings

Follow the steps below to 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. Double-tap the "Background music" tick box and "Sound effects" tick box buttons to turn the sounds on or off.
Search settings

Follow the steps below to turn off search and limit viewable videos to those 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" tick box.
Pause watch and search history
When you turn on Pause history, the app will stop using videos that you watch or terms that you search for as signals for Recommended and Watch it again. Pause history is enabled in the app's parental settings by moving the toggle button to ON.

 

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