Parental controls and settings

You can access parental controls and other settings at any time by following these steps:

  1. Tap the Lock icon in the bottom corner of any page in the app.
  2. Complete the multiplication problem or read and enter the numbers that appear. Or, enter your custom passcode.
  3. Select Settings .

Your child can also control some settings. Learn more.

Block content

You can customise the content that you see in the YouTube Kids app by signing in and blocking videos or channels that you don't want your child to watch. Learn more.

Content settings

Parents can choose how content will be selected in the app. In order to use these content settings, you'll need to set up a profile for your child.
To adjust content settings:
  1. Tap the Lock icon in the bottom corner of any page in the app.
  2. Complete the multiplication problem or read and enter the numbers that appear. Or, enter your custom passcode.
  3. Select Settings Settings icon .
  4. Select your child's profile and enter your parent account password.
  5. Select Younger content setting, Older content setting, or Approved content only.
Note: Younger and Older content settings are available in selected countries.
This option is currently available in: United States.

Younger content setting

The Younger content setting was designed with children aged 8 and under in mind, and includes songs, cartoons, crafts and other content that generally appeals to children in pre-school and early primary school. Our systems try to exclude content not suitable for young children, but since we can't manually review all content, and no automated system is perfect, we may miss some videos. If you find a video that isn't appropriate for children, please report it for fast review. Search in this setting is limited to the YouTube Kids videos included in the Younger content setting.

Older content setting

The Older content setting was designed with children aged 8–12 in mind, and includes additional music videos, gaming, science and more. This setting is for older children who may be ready for more grown-up content filtered from the broader universe of videos on YouTube. For example, the app will show music and gaming videos and vlogs that are not eligible to be shown in YouTube Kids with the Younger content setting and may include more explicit language and imagery, some violence or suggestive content. This setting tries to exclude mature content, but since we can't manually review all content and no automated system is perfect, we may miss some videos. This means that in this setting, there is a chance that your child may run into more mature videos that could include nudity, offensive language and violence. If you find a video that isn't appropriate for children using this Older content setting, please report it for fast review. Search in this setting allows your child to explore all YouTube Kids videos, including Younger and Older content.
Note: You can see a preview of what kind of content would be available in the Younger content setting and Older content setting when clicking on the radio button. You can change these settings at any time.

Approved content only

In this setting, your child will only be able to watch videos, channels and collections that you have hand-picked. Collections are videos and channels grouped by topics, such as science and music, picked by the YouTube Kids teams or our partners.

This setting is available in all countries where YouTube Kids is available.

In this setting, your child won't be able to search for any videos.

  1. Tap the Lock icon in the bottom corner of any page in the app.
  2. Complete the multiplication problem or read and enter the numbers that appear. Or, enter your custom passcode.
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select your child's profile and enter your parent account password to modify settings.
  5. Select 'Approved content only' to enable.
  6. Review the information in the 'Getting started' pop-up.
  7. Select START.
  8. Tap the icon on any collection, channel or video to approve content that you'd like to make available to your child.
  9. Select DONE in the red box at the bottom of the screen to exit.
Note: You can edit the list of collections, channels and videos that you've approved at any time by tapping Manage under the 'Approved content only' setting. While you are approving content, you can preview what your child's experience will be like, by tapping PREVIEW. You can also disable 'Approved content only' at any time by returning to settings.
Turning search off

You can restrict your child's experience to a more limited set of videos by turning search off.

With Search off, your child can't search for videos, and your child is limited to videos from a set of channels that have been verified by YouTube Kids.

With Search on, your child can search for new videos that interest them from the millions available in the YouTube Kids app.

Note: Please keep in mind that there is always 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 Search, toggle Search to off in Settings .

If you turn Search off, the watch and search history in your app will be cleared. This will reset Recommended videos and Watch it again. Learn more about Search in YouTube Kids.

Clear watch and search history

To clear watch and search history, and reset videos on Recommended and Watch it again:

  1. Tap Clear history.
  2. Select OK to save changes.
Pause watch and search history

When you turn on Pause history, the YouTube Kids app will stop using videos that you watch or terms that you search as signals for Recommended videos and Watch it again. To turn Pause history on, move the toggle next to Pause history in Parental settings to on.

  1. Go to Parental settings.
  2. Select Pause history to toggle history on and off.
YouTube Premium

YouTube Premium Membership

Check the details of the YouTube Premium membership linked to the YouTube Kids app on this device. You can also remove YouTube Premium from the Kids app from this page by tapping the Remove from app button. This will also delete all downloaded YouTube videos on your device.

Note: Removing your YouTube Premium account from the Kids app will not remove the account from the device (you may be signed in to other Google apps on this device).

Background and downloads

Tap Background play to configure the YouTube Kids app to play videos while using other apps or when your screen is off.

Enable downloads to save a list of up to 24 videos per profile so you can watch when you aren't connected to the Internet. Downloaded videos are selected by the app from recommended videos (based on your use history) or, if we don't have enough information, by what's popular on YouTube Kids. Downloaded videos are updated automatically every 24 hours. The Download over Wi-Fi only setting lets you conserve mobile data by preventing the app from downloading new videos offline while you're connected to mobile data.

Adjust the storage limit and set the quality used for downloads. In general, lower quality videos take up less space on your device but may not play back as clearly.

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