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. Read and enter the numbers that appear or enter your custom passcode.
  3. Select Settings .
Audio settings

By default, you'll hear background music and sound effects as you navigate through the app.

To turn off both audio features, toggle the Background Music and Sound Effects options to off in Settings

Search controls

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 new content but they can watch videos on the Home screen.

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 Recommendations 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 Red

YouTube Red membership

Check the details of the YouTube Red membership linked to the YouTube Kids app on this device. You can also remove YouTube Red 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.

Removing your YouTube Red account from the kids app will not remove the account from the device (you may be signed into other Google apps on this device).

Note: YouTube Red is available in some countries where YouTube Kids is offered.

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 so that 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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