What Is YouTube Restricted Mode? How To Enable/Disable It?

Make YouTube a safer place by blocking out inappropriate content.

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There’s no doubt that YouTube is the most popular video platform in the world today. Since its launch in 2005, it has come a long way to become an essential online service. Most of us can’t imagine going a few days without YouTube, and reasonably so.

Credit to its popularity, there are billions of clips currently hosted on the video-centric social platform. As per Statista, users uploaded around 720K hours of video content on YouTube every day last year. That’s a staggering 500+ hours of content uploaded per minute.

Due to this massive library of content, the YouTube video catalog covers a wide variety of topics and themes – a significant amount of which might not be suitable for everyone. Although YouTube does its best to identify every age-restricted video so that it can give you a warning when you try to access such a video, a few of them might still slip through the cracks.

YouTube often requires you to verify your age by signing in when trying to view videos with potentially mature content.

What Is Restricted Mode On YouTube?

To prevent incidents where YouTube might accidentally show you mature content without warning, you can resort to the “Restricted Mode” setting. Restricted Mode is an optional feature that tells YouTube to double down on blocking potentially inappropriate videos.

Essentially, this increases the platform’s vigilance towards accidentally streaming age-restricted videos. In addition to this, Restricted Mode also disables the comment section by default. So, if any minor is surfing the site with this feature enabled, there are fewer chances of stumbling upon any mature content.

If you have enabled this feature for your YouTube account on a particular device, it will only work on the YouTube app for that device. To turn on Restricted Mode on multiple devices, you will have to enable it separately on each device. On desktop/laptop, you have to enable it separately on each browser and each profile (if your browser supports more than one profile).

However, since this feature makes YouTube extra-cautious about a particular kind of video, there is a slight possibility that the platform might incorrectly block a few suitable videos as well.

Is YouTube Restricted Mode Effective? How Does It Work?

YouTube’s Restricted Mode feature focuses on various parameters to determine if a video is meant for mature audiences. Every video on the platform has relevant information, such as video title, description, tags, Community Guidelines review, etc. YouTube goes through to find out which age group the content is suitable for. Any factor that suggests a video might contain age-restricted material results in Restricted Mode blocking that particular video.

However, no technology is perfect, and this stands true in the case of Restricted Mode as well. Despite being available for all languages, the experience with this feature varies due to different cultural norms across groups that speak different languages.

How To Enable or Disable Restricted Mode On YouTube?

Accessing this feature on a desktop or smartphone is very easy and can be done in a few clicks/taps. Just go through the following steps to turn on/off YouTube Restricted Mode on your preferred device:

Enable Restricted Mode on Desktop or Laptop

  1. Sign in to YouTube and click on your profile icon in the top-right corner.
  2. In the menu that opens, scroll down and click on “Restricted Mode: Off/On.”
  3. Finally, use the toggle to enable or disable Restricted Mode.
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Enable Restricted Mode on on Android and iOS

  1. Sign in to YouTube Android app and tap on your profile icon in the top-right corner.
  2. From the menu that opens, tap on “Settings.”
  3. In the Settings, select “General.”
  4. Now, tap on “Restricted Mode” to toggle it on or off.
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Hopefully, this guide helped you know more about the Restricted Mode feature. If you’re facing a problem with YouTube not working, you can find help here.

FAQs

Why is my YouTube on Restricted Mode?

Restricted Mode blocks you from viewing mature content on YouTube. This setting might be readily enabled on computers in public places. If you’re unable to turn it off using the steps shown in this guide, try contacting the system administrator. Also, make sure you’re not using YouTube on an account restricted by a parent account via the Google Family Link app.

Is it legal to watch age-restricted YouTube videos?

Yes, it is completely legal to watch whatever age-restricted video is out there on YouTube. However, the platform verifies your age before letting you watch any such video.

How do I view age-restricted content on YouTube?

If you’re an adult, you can watch age-restricted videos on YouTube by simply logging in and confirming your age.

Priye Rai

Priye Rai

Priye is a tech writer at Fossbytes, who writes about gaming and anything remotely related to tech, including smartphones, apps, OTT, etc. He prefers to be called a "video game journalist" and grimaces when he doesn't get to be "Player 1." If you want to talk about games or send any feedback, drop him a mail at [email protected]
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