Search in YouTube Kids

How to use the Search feature

When the Search feature is turned on, your child can search for new videos that interest them on YouTube Kids.

 On a computer:

  • Your child can enter their query in the search bar and click Search  to find videos.

In the YouTube Kids mobile app:

  • Your child can tap Search  to enter their search term, or 
  • Tap Search and then Mic  to do a Voice Search instead
Note: Voice search is only available in the YouTube Kids mobile app.

Voice search uses visual feedback by displaying waves created by the sound of your voice to indicate that the device can hear you. Audio files are only kept long enough to transcribe the search query before the file is deleted.

Search results

The videos displayed in search results are selected by our algorithm without human review. Search results may also include recommended videos based on what your child has previously watched and terms that they've searched for.

We've taken various precautions to make sure that families searching for content will get results that are appropriate for younger audiences. We screen content available through Search using a mix of automated analysis and user input. We're also continuously making improvements based on new technology, research and user feedback. If you want to restrict your child to a more limited set of videos, you can turn off the Search feature in Parental settings.


Note: YouTube handles a tremendous breadth, depth and scale of content. So while we work hard to get it right, there's always a chance that your child will find content that you don't want them to watch. If this happens, you can report the video. We use this info to improve YouTube Kids for everyone.

Turn off the Search feature

To restrict your child to a more limited set of videos, you can turn off the Search feature in Parental settings.

With Search off, your child can't search for videos. Your child will also be limited to videos and channels verified by YouTube Kids. With the Search feature turned on, your child can search for new videos that interest them from the millions available in YouTube Kids.


Note: Keep in mind that there's a chance that your child may find something that you don't want them to watch. You can report this content for our quick review.

To turn off the Search feature from YouTube Kids:

  1. Select the Lock in the corner of your screen.
  2. Complete the multiplication problem or enter your custom passcode.
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select your child's profile and enter your parent account password.
  5. Switch 'Allow searching' to Off.

To turn off the Search feature from YouTube:

  1. Sign in to YouTube with your linked parent account.
  2. Go to  your profile picture .
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select Parental settings.
  5. Select your child's profile or account.
  6. Switch 'Search' to Off.

If you turn off Search, the watch and search history for your child's YouTube Kids profile will be cleared. Recommended videos and Watch it again will also be reset.

Pause search history

You can pause your child's search history in Parental settings. When search history is paused, YouTube Kids won't use terms searched for as signals for:

  • Recommendations on the home page,
  • Recommendations in search results and
  • Watch it again videos.

To pause your child's search history from YouTube Kids:

  1. Select the Lock in the corner of your screen.
  2. Complete the multiplication problem or enter your custom passcode.
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select your child's profile and enter your parent account password.
  5. Switch 'Pause search history' to Off.

To pause your child's search history from YouTube:

  1. Sign in to YouTube with your linked parent account.
  2. Go to  your profile picture .
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select Parental settings.
  5. Select your child's profile or account.
  6. Switch 'Pause search history' to Off.

Clear history

You can clear watch and search history in Parental Settings. When you clear history, the app will reset Recommendations and Watch it again.

You can clear your child's history and reset videos on Recommended and Watch it again from YouTube Kids:

  1. Select the Lock in the corner of your screen.
  2. Complete the multiplication problem or enter your custom passcode.
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select your child's profile and enter your parent account password.
  5. Select CLEAR HISTORY.
  6. To save your changes, select OK.

You can also clear your child's history and reset videos on Recommended and Watch it again from YouTube:

  1. Sign in to YouTube with your linked parent account.
  2. Go to  your profile picture .
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select Parental settings.
  5. Select your child's profile or account.
  6. Select Clear history.
  7. To save your changes, select CLEAR.

Blocked search results

When searching on YouTube Kids, you may receive this error message: 'Try searching for something else!'

To make YouTube Kids a family-friendly environment, we may block results for search terms that are vulnerable to returning mature results. Occasionally, search terms may be blocked that aren't necessarily inappropriate for younger audiences. If this happens, send us feedback.
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