How to Block Adult Content on YouTube

Is there a way you can block adult content on YouTube and save your kids from watching adult videos on Youtube in an uncontrolled manner?  This article will explain how you can edit YouTube settings and stop adult content immediately. As more YouTube content is created and content creators try to add vulgar content to entice viewers to click inviting thumbnails, YouTube content filters become very important to safeguard your kids and children.

Restricted Mode Blocks Adult Videos on Youtube

This is the most important YouTube setting which is most commonly used to block ok or restrict adult content.

If you are logged into YouTube,  you can click on your profile icon which you see in the top right corner and a drop-down menu will open.

Check the status of restricted content.

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By default, restricted content will be off.

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You can choose to activate restricted mode on YouTube by clicking on the slide toggle icon and this will ensure that mature videos are blocked and not shown in your YouTube stream.

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The important thing to note is that the restricted mode on YouTube will only be device-specific,  which means if you block YouTube mature content on your browser, then it will work on your computer only and not on your mobile phone.  That means you have to activate restricted mode in YouTube on all your devices where you plan to stop adult content from displaying on YouTube.

Another important disclaimer that they make while activating the YouTube setting is that no filter is 100% accurate and some mature Youtube videos may still skip these filters so they are not 100% foolproof but will work to a large extent. This is a similar disclaimer if you want to block Amazon Prime or block Netflix.

Lock Youtube Restricted Mode: Stop Youtube Adult Videos

Simply activating YouTube restricted mode is of no value to you unless you decide to lock restricted mode, as your kids can go and unblock YouTube from the YouTube settings as it is easy to access it.

I tried searching around for the link to lock restricted mode,  but I could not find any. Actually, you have to click on the text that you see in the pop-up window which I have shown above – “Lock restricted mode on this browser

Clicking on this will take you to your Google account login where you need to log in once again with your username and password and it will come back to the same window but this time it will show that restricted mode is locked.

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It is notable that there is no toggle switch now with which you can change this restricted mode setting anymore and adult YouTube content is permanently locked until you decide to log into your settings again via your Google login and unlock restricted mode.

We like to turn on Google Safe Search to block adult content on Google as well as block adult content on Bing, the default browser in Microsoft Edge Browser.

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About the Author: P Chandra is editor of QOT, one of India's earliest tech bloggers since 2004. A tech enthusiast with expertise in coding, WordPress, web tools, SEO and DIY hacks.