How to Enable Restricted Mode in the iPhone YouTube App

YouTube is the largest online source for user-created videos, as well as professionally-created videos uploaded by companies and professional content creators. It is an excellent way to entertain yourself, or to learn how to do certain tasks. It is also very popular among both children and adults.

If you have a child with an iPhone, you might be concerned about the content in some of the videos that they are watching. While YouTube tries its best to prevent videos with questionable material from making their way onto the platform, even some of the videos that they might have approved may be inappropriate for children. Fortunately there is something called “Restricted Mode” that you can enable in the app on your device. This will enable a mode that will not allow certain content to be viewed. Our tutorial below will show you how to activate that setting.

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How to Turn on Restricted Mode in YouTube on an iPhone

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.3. Enabling restricted mode in YouTube will hide videos that might contain inappropriate content. The filter may not be 100% effective, as it relies upon users and other signals to flag inappropriate content.

Step 1: Open the YouTube app.

open the iphone youtube app

Step 2: Touch the circle with the letter inside of it at the top-right corner of the screen.

iphone youtube menu

Step 3: Select the Settings option.

iphone youtube settings

Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Restricted Mode to turn it on. You will know that it is enabled when the button is blue. I have turned on Restricted Mode in the picture below.

how to enable restricted mode youtube iphone

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