How to put parental controls on Youtube App – What to do

Youtube has been one of the biggest websites on the internet for quite some time now, since being made in 2005 it now attracts viewers in the billions every year. With ranges of content from educational documentaries to people sky diving the content on Youtube is enormous and varied.

Youtube themselves have put a lot of effort into understand the age demographics of the content that has been put on their site by either manually tagging videos or using algorithms to assess the appropriate age ranges for videos.

How to put parental controls on Youtube App – Here’s the solution

Youtube being one of the biggest sites as we mentioned they add a lot of features to help users use the site as they like. If you’re looking to restrict access to some of the more age inappropriate content then thankfully Youtube has thought of that too and given you the option to set parental controls.

Even more specifically, today we’re showing you how to add parental controls on the Youtube App. The exact name of Youtubes parental controls is called restricted mode. This removes all videos which have been flagged to have inappropriate content.

How to turn on restricted mode on the Youtube App

First things first, navigate over to your Youtube App. If you don’t have the app installed make sure to get it from the App store or play store depending on which type of device you have.

Once at the home screen of the Youtube App follow these steps to enable restricted mode:

  • Tab your profile icon in the top right to access a menu
  • On this menu select “settings” and a new menu will appear
  • On this next menu select “General” and a new menu will appear
  • Finally, tap the restricted mode option to enable it.

All done, the app is now in restricted mode and will not show any content that is flagged as inappropriate. As before the restricted mode is the closest to parental controls that the Youtube app has, it does near everything you’d want parents controls to do except limit time spent.

This can be done but not through the Youtube app itself, this is done by the screen time option in the settings app that is on every apple device by default. Having restrictions is one of the main reasons why YouTube won’t play videos, so make sure you’re enabling it on the right account beforehand.

Restricted mode can be turned off… Any alternative?

The main downside of restricted mode is that it does not have the usual protection that parental controls would have. This meaning a certain tech savvy child can navigate themselves over to the settings and simply turn it off if they know how to. While not ideal it is unlikely.

As an alternative solution if you are worried about this there is a Youtube Kids app which may fulfil the purpose you are looking for as there is no inappropriate content however it is limited content. This is of course not ideal with the content being so limited and being aimed primarily at younger children but if it is a younger child that you are doing this for then the Youtube Kids app would be ideal.

Downsides of restricted mode

Another thing to note with this is that is specific to the app only and not an account setting that goes across devices. If you have multiple devices that this may need doing for then you will need to go into the settings for each device and turn this on.

Finally, restricted mode is reliant on the videos being flagged as mature/inappropriate when uploaded, being caught by an algorithm or being manually flagged. Because of this not only can some videos slip through the filter, but it can also work the other way around and has been a known issue among the Youtuber community. Videos can be wrongfully flagged, this is usually resolved as Youtubers themselves get rather upset when this happens as it restricts their audience but can still be a bit of a pain so if a video is missing that you know should be there it might be worth turn restricted mode off, searching again, then re-enabling the function later on.


In conclusion Youtube doesn’t have what you would usually call a parental control feature but does have a restricted mode feature which aims to achieve the same thing in removing inappropriate content from the app. This works very well but unfortunately due to the nature of Youtube is not all encompassing, and some inappropriate videos may fall through the cracks even when on restricted mode.

Thankfully these occurrences are very unlikely and should pose no issue if your aim is to remove inappropriate content from the app for your child. In fact, the opposite is more likely where a video has been wrongfully flagged and won’t be available, if you know a specific Youtuber uploads on a specific day but do not see their video, then turn off restricted mode, search again and re-enable the feature afterwards.

We hope this article helped and you’re only seeing appropriate videos from now on!

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