Create a YouTube Kids profile

YouTube Kids allows signed in parents to create a separate profile for each kid in their household. Each profile has a separate set of viewing preferences and recommendations, allowing multiple kids to get the most out of the YouTube Kids app.

These profiles are available on any device where the parent is signed in and the YouTube Kids app is installed. Learn more.

Using YouTube Kids in the United States, in English language only

Create a profile

Kid profiles are only accessible within the YouTube Kids app and only when a parent is signed in. You can add up to eight profiles per account.

First time using YouTube Kids

  1. Open the YouTube Kids app, and follow the on-screen prompts.
  2. When prompted, enter the year you were born.
  3. Watch or read important information for parents about YouTube Kids.
  4. Choose whether or not to sign into the app, to get greater access to features and parental controls.

If you choose to sign in

  1. If you already have an account on your device and want to sign in with that account, select it and tap Sign in. If you do not yet have a Google Account you wish to use on your device, please add or create a Google Account by following the prompts. After you add your account, tap Sign In.
  2. Read the YouTube Kids parental consent information. If you agree, tap Done and enter your password.
  3. Set up a profile for your child. We will try to customize the app for your child’s age. When you provide month of birth, the app will use this to more accurately provide an age-appropriate experience. Only you and your child can see this information.
  4. Next, watch a short video or read about how videos in the app are selected and the options available to you as a parent.
  5. Select a content experience for your child. This important choice impacts the videos available to your child in the app.
    • The Younger content setting (8 and under) allows kids to search and explore songs, cartoons, crafts, and more. Our systems try to exclude content not suitable for young kids, but we can’t manually review all videos. You may find something inappropriate that we missed. With this setting, Search results will be limited to content for younger kids. Please note, if you wish to turn Search off, you can do this following the instructions in parental settings. Learn more.
    • In some countries, you will have the option to select Older. The Older content setting (9-12) allows kids to search and explore additional music videos, gaming, science, and more. Our systems try to exclude mature content, but we can’t manually review all videos. You may find something inappropriate that we missed. With this setting, Search results will be expanded to content for younger and older kids. Please note, if you wish to turn Search off, you can do this following sign up in parental settings. Learn more.
    • With Approve content yourself, your child will only be able to watch videos, channels, or collections that you’ve approved. Collections are videos and channels grouped by topics such as science and music. With this setting, your child won’t be able to search.
  6. You will now take a parent feature tour of the YouTube Kids app, which highlights where to find parental control settings and how to block and report videos.
  7. Your child can now use YouTube Kids. Select the profile of the child using the app to get started. You can return to Settings at any time to change your parental control options.

If you choose to continue without signing in

  1. Watch a brief video or read more about your options regarding how videos in the app are selected, and the options available to you as a parent.
  2. On the next screen, choose the content experience that is right for you. This important choice impacts the videos available in the app.
    • With Explore YouTube Kids, your child will be able to explore all content available in the YouTube Kids app, including songs, cartoons, crafts, and more. Our systems try to exclude content not suitable for young kids, but we can’t manually review all videos. You may find something inappropriate that we missed.
    • With Limited, your child will only be able to watch videos from a limited set of videos and channels that have been verified by the YouTube Kids team. Channels can add content at any time, so there is always a chance that your child will find content you don’t want them to watch. When in Limited status, your child will not be able to search.
  3. You can also sign in for more options, including more content and additional parental controls.
  4. You will now take a parent feature tour of the YouTube Kids app, which highlights where to find parental controls settings and how to report videos.
  5. Your child can now use YouTube Kids. You can return to Settings at any time to change your parental control settings or sign in for even more options and controls.

Not yet signed into YouTube Kids (or signed in to YouTube Kids, but haven’t created a profile yet)

  1. Open the YouTube Kids app, then tap the profile picker in the upper left-hand corner.
  2. A dialog box prompting you to create a profile will appear. Tap Get Started.
  3. Enter the year you were born.
  4. Select the Google account you will create a profile with.
  5. If your account doesn't have recorded consent, you'll see a parental consent form. Read it, then if you agree, tap Done and enter your password. Otherwise, if your account has recorded consent, just enter your password to confirm your identity.
  6. Enter your kid's first name (or nickname),age, and birth month (optional)to create a profile for them. Only you and your child will see this information.
  7. Next, watch a short video or read about how videos in the app are selected and the options available to you as a parent.
  8. Select a content experience for your child. This important choice impacts the videos available to your child in the app.
    • The Younger (8 and under) content setting allows kids to search and explore songs, cartoons, crafts, and more. Our systems try to exclude content not suitable for young kids, but we can’t manually review all videos. You may find something inappropriate that we missed. With this setting, Search results will be limited to content for younger kids. Please note, if you wish to turn Search off, you can do this following sign up in parental settings. Learn more.
    • In some countries, you will have the option to select Older. The Older (9-12) content setting allows kids to search and explore additional music videos, gaming, science, and more. Our systems try to exclude mature content, but we can’t manually review all videos. You may find something inappropriate that we missed. With this setting, Search results will be expanded to content for younger and older kids. Please note, if you wish to turn Search ff, you can do this following sign up in parental settings. Learn more.
    • With Approve content yourself, your child will only be able to watch videos, channels, or collections that you’ve approved. Collections are videos and channels grouped by topics such as science and music. With this setting, your child won’t be able to search.
  9. Your kid's profile has been created.

    • To create another profile, tap Add .
    • To move on, tap the right arrow .
  10. You will now take a parent feature tour of the YouTube Kids app, which highlights where to find parental controls settings and how to report videos.
  11. Select the profile of the kid using the app and tap LET’S GO.

Users outside the United States or not using English in the United States

Create a profile

Kid profiles are only accessible within the YouTube Kids app and only when a parent is signed in. You can add up to eight profiles per account.

First time using YouTube Kids

  1. Open the YouTube Kids app and enter the year you (the parent) were born.
  2. Select your account or tap Add account.
  3. If your account doesn't have recorded consent, you'll see a parental consent form. Read it, then enter your Google Account password and tap Next to agree.
  4. You'll see a screen discussing content blocking and reporting. Tap the right arrow .
  5. Enter your kid's first name (or nickname) and birth month and year to create a profile for them.
    • At the bottom of the screen, select an avatar for your kid, then tap the right arrow .
    • Select Search on or Search off.
  6. Your kid's profile has been created.
    • To create another profile, tap Add .
    • To move on, tap the right arrow .
  7. Select the profile of the kid using the app.

Already signed in to YouTube Kids

  1. Open the YouTube Kids app, then tap the profile picker in the upper left-hand corner.
  2. A dialog box prompting you to create a profile will appear. Tap Proceed.
  3. Enter your passcode.
  4. If your account doesn't have recorded consent, you'll see a parental consent form. Read it, then enter your Google Account password and tap Next to agree.
  5. You'll see a screen discussing content blocking and reporting. Tap the right arrow .
  6. Enter your kid's first name (or nickname) and birth month and year to create a profile for them.
    • At the bottom of the screen, select an avatar for your kid, then tap the right arrow .
    • Select Search on or Search off.
  7. Your kid's profile has been created.
    • To create another profile, tap Add .
    • To move on, tap the right arrow .
  8. Select the profile of the kid using the app.

Not signed in to YouTube Kids

  1. Open the YouTube Kids app and a dialog box asking the parent to create a profile will appear.
    • If one does not appear, look for a profile picker in the upper left-hand corner of the home screen. Tap on the picker to start the profile creation process).
  2. Tap Create.
  3. Enter your passcode, then sign in to YouTube Kids.
  4. If your account doesn't have recorded consent, you'll see a parental consent form. Read it, then enter your Google Account password and tap Next to agree.
  5. You'll see a screen discussing content blocking and reporting. Tap the right arrow .
  6. Enter your kid's first name (or nickname) and birth month and year to create a profile for them.
    • At the bottom of the screen, select an avatar for your kid, then tap the right arrow .
    • Select a content level setting for your kid, then tap the arrow.
    • Select Search on or Search off.
  7. Your kid's profile has been created.
    • To create another profile, tap Add .
    • To move on, tap the right arrow .
  8. Select the profile of the kid using the app.


Note that partially created profiles will be deleted after three days.

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