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.

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. 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'll 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. Select a content experience for your child. 
    • ​Preschool (Ages 4 & under)
    • Younger (Ages 5-7)
    • Older (Ages 8-12)
    • Approve content yourself
      • The Preschool content setting (ages 4 & under) allows kids to watch videos that promote creativity, playfulness, learning, and exploration. Search results in Preschool are limited to content recommended for kids 4 and under. Our systems work hard to exclude content not suitable for kids in preschool, but not all videos have been manually reviewed. If you find something inappropriate that we missed, you can block it or flag it for fast review. 
      • The Younger content setting (ages 5-7) allows kids to search and explore songs, cartoons, crafts, and more. Our systems work hard 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 kids 7 and under. Please note, if you wish to turn Search off, you can do this following the instructions in parental settings. Learn more.
      • The Older content setting (ages 8-12) 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 are limited to content recommended for kids 12 and under. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. Choose the content experience that is right for you. This important choice impacts the videos available in the app.
    • Preschool (Ages 4 & under)
    • Younger (Ages 5-7)
    • Older (Ages 8-12)
    • Approve content yourself
      • The Preschool content setting (ages 4 & under) allows kids to watch videos that promote creativity, playfulness, learning, and exploration.  Our systems work hard to exclude content not suitable for kids in preschool, but not all videos have been manually reviewed. If you find something inappropriate that we missed, you can block it or flag it for fast review.  With this setting, search results in Preschool are limited to content recommended for kids 4 and under. Please note, if you wish to turn Search off, you can do this following the instructions in parental settings. Learn more.
      • The Younger content setting (ages 5-7) allows kids to search and explore songs, cartoons, crafts, and more. Our systems work hard 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 kids 7 and under. Please note, if you wish to turn Search off, you can do this following the instructions in parental settings. Learn more.
      • The Older content setting (ages 8-12) allows kids to search and explore additional music videos, gaming, science, and more. Our systems work hard 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 are limited to content recommended for kids 12 and under. Please note, if you wish to turn Search off, you can do this following sign up in parental settings. Learn more.
      • If you choose Approve content yourself, you'll be prompted to sign in. By doing so, 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. If you’re using YouTube Kids on your TV or on your computer, you will need to download the YouTube Kids mobile app to approve content yourself.
  2. You can also sign in for additional parental controls (Approved Content Only mode and ability to block videos and channels).
  3. 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.
  4. Read the Notice to Parents. If you agree, select “I agree.”
  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'll 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. You can choose from 4 content settings: 
    • Preschool (Ages 4 & under)
    • Younger (Ages 5-7)
    • Older (Ages 8-12)
    • Approve content yourself
      • The Preschool content setting (ages 4 & under) allows kids to watch videos that promote creativity, playfulness, learning, and exploration. Our systems work hard to exclude content not suitable for kids in preschool, but not all videos have been manually reviewed. If you find something inappropriate that we missed, you can block it or flag it for fast review.  
      • The Younger content setting (ages 5-7) 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 kids 7 and under. Please note, if you wish to turn Search off, you can do this following the instructions in parental settings. Learn more.
      • The Older content setting (ages 8-12) 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 are limited to content recommended for kids 12 and under. 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.
  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.

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

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