Create a YouTube Kids profile

YouTube Kids allows signed-in parents to create a separate profile for each child in their household. Each profile has a separate set of viewing preferences and recommendations, allowing multiple children 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

Child 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 in which you were born.
  3. Choose whether or not to sign in to 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 that you wish to use on your device, please add or create a Google Account by following the prompts. Once you have added 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 customise 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 and under)
    • Younger (Ages 5–7)
    • Older (Ages 8–12)
    • Approve content yourself
      • The Preschool content setting (ages four and under) allows children to watch videos that promote creativity, playfulness, learning and exploration. Search results in Preschool are limited to content recommended for children aged four and under. Our systems work hard to exclude content not suitable for children in preschool, but not all videos have been manually reviewed. If you find something inappropriate that we've missed, you can block it or flag it for fast review. 
      • The Younger content setting (ages 5–7) allows children to search and explore songs, cartoons, crafts and more. Our systems work hard to exclude content not suitable for young children, 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 children aged seven 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 children 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 children aged 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 and under)
    • Younger (Ages 5–7)
    • Older (Ages 8–12)
    • Approve content yourself
      • The Preschool content setting (ages four and under) allows children to watch videos that promote creativity, playfulness, learning and exploration.  Our systems work hard to exclude content not suitable for children in preschool, but not all videos have been manually reviewed. If you find something inappropriate that we've missed, you can block it or flag it for fast review.  With this setting, search results in Preschool are limited to content recommended for children aged four 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 children to search and explore songs, cartoons, crafts and more. Our systems work hard to exclude content not suitable for young children, 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 children aged seven 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 children 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 children 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 in to 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 dialogue box prompting you to create a profile will appear. Tap Get Started.
  3. Enter the year in which you were born.
  4. Select the Google Account that 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 child'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 four content settings: 
    • Preschool (Ages 4 and under)
    • Younger (Ages 5–7)
    • Older (Ages 8–12)
    • Approve content yourself
      • The Preschool content setting (ages four and under) allows children to watch videos that promote creativity, playfulness, learning and exploration. Our systems work hard to exclude content not suitable for children in preschool, but not all videos have been manually reviewed. If you find something inappropriate that we've missed, you can block it or flag it for fast review.  
      • The Younger content setting (ages 5–7) allows children to search and explore songs, cartoons, crafts and more. Our systems try to exclude content not suitable for young children, 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 children aged seven and under. Please note, if you wish to turn Search off, you can do this by following the instructions in parental settings. Learn more.
      • The Older content setting (ages 8–12) allows children 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 children 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 child'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 child using the app and tap LET'S GO.

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

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