How to block adult content on YouTube

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YouTube is probably the biggest online video streaming website. It has tons of useful videos that can keep you entertained for hours, and many kids use it for educational purposes.

However, there are lots of inappropriate videos, including adult content, that parents would like to protect their children from.

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In this guide, we will tell you all the methods to block inappropriate videos on YouTube.

Use Restricted Mode on YouTube to block inappropriate videos

Thankfully, Google knows that it is difficult to moderate YouTube and stop people from viewing adult content, so it has rolled out a feature to block such videos.

You just need to follow these steps to enable the restricted mode on your YouTube account.

1. Open the YouTube app on your smartphone and then click on the profile picture in the top right corner of the screen.

Click on the profile picture in the top right corner of the screen

2. Now, go to the Settings option from this menu and then go to General.

Go to Settings and then go to General

3. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and enable the Restricted Mode option.

Enable the Restricted Mode option

4. Restart the YouTube app, and you will notice that any adult videos will be filtered out on the platform and will not be visible to you

Block a specific account on YouTube

If you feel that particular channel or content creator is uploading adult content, then you can block their account to avoid watching their videos.

This can be useful if you don’t want to block all the age-restricted videos on the platform but just one to block a single channel instead.

Just follow these steps:

1. Open the YouTube app and navigate to the channel that you wish to block.

2. Tap the three-dot icon in the top right corner.

Tap the three-dot icon

3. Tap on the Block user option from this menu, and the selected channel will be blocked and won’t be recommended to you in the future.

Tap on the Block user option from this menu

Use the YouTube kids to block adult content

YouTube has developed a separate application for kids, so you don’t have to worry about them getting exposed to inappropriate content.

This app is specially made for kids, and you won’t find any other videos on it.

Just follow these steps to download the app:

  1. Head to Play Store and search for YouTube Kids in the search bar.
  2. Tap on the Install button, and the app will be installed.
Tap on the Install button

3. Open the app and complete the setup so your kids can stay safe on the internet.

4. You can also set a content level in the app settings to restrict your kids from watching certain types of content in the app.

Turn off autoplay on YouTube

The autoplay feature can be useful since it automatically plays the next video for you to watch on the app.

However, it can sometimes lead your kids to an inappropriate video that is not suitable for them.

While autoplay is turned on by default, you can disable it in the settings of the app.

Just follow these steps:

1. Open the YouTube app and click on the profile picture in the top right corner of the screen.

Go to your profile

2. Go to the Settings option from this menu and then go to Autoplay.

Go to the Settings option from the menu and then go to Autoplay

3. Tap on the toggle to stop videos from playing automatically in the future.

Tap on the toggle to stop videos from playing automatically

Sign out from your account on YouTube

In order to watch adult content on YouTube, you will need to sign in to your account. So if you sign out of the account, you won’t be able to view such content anymore.

Just follow these steps:

1. Open the YouTube app or go to youtube.com in Chrome and tap on your profile picture in the top right corner.

Tap on your profile picture in the top right corner

2. Tap on the Sign out option from the menu.

Tap on the Sign out option from the menu

3. Now, you will be signed out and won’t be able to access adult content anymore.

Alternatively, you can also turn on Incognito mode from this menu as it will sign out your Google account but only for a short period of time.

Turning on Incognito mode won’t let you access inappropriate content.


These are all the methods that you can use to safeguard the YouTube app and prevent your kids from watching any inappropriate videos.

There are plenty of third-party apps that can restrict the screen time of YouTube and also block any adult content on the app. However, some of them are paid and may require you to purchase a membership or something similar in order to use them.

No app will work if your kids are smart enough to find a workaround, so you might need to consult them about the things they watch on the internet.

We hope you find this guide useful, and in case of any doubts, feel free to ask them in the comments section below.

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