Block Adult Videos on YouTube App And Make it Safe for Kids

YouTube is an amazing place to find interesting content. No matter what your taste is, there is a channel for you on YouTube. However, more often than not, we also came across plenty of NSFW videos on YouTube.


What kind of NSFW videos are on YouTube?

Do you know, there are more than 300 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute? But since most of us are always signed into your YouTube account, you might not notice the dark side of YouTube. But just because we don’t see them quite often, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of NSFW video on YouTube.

1. Adult videos that fulfill in YouTube’s terms and condition, like childbirth, breastfeeding, or movies that feature nudity from an art perspective.

2. Videos that are illegally uploaded on YouTube, like – hate speech, public violence, beheading videos uploaded by a terrorist group etc.

Now, although, there are no full proof methods to block adults videos on YouTube app or website, there are few things you can do make YouTube safe for your kids.

Also See: How to block Porn on Android

Method 1: Use the restricted mode

This method will take care of all objectional videos that are uploaded on YouTube illegally.

YouTube has this feature called restricted mode which automatically hides videos that may contain inappropriate content that is flagged by users and other signals. Although from my experience, it’s still far from being a perfect filter, however, if you have kids at your home, it’s important to turn it ON.

Turn on the Restricted Mode on an Android

Open the YouTube app on your iPhone or iPad > tap on the three vertical dots on the upper right-hand corner > Next tap on Settings >Restricted Mode Filtering > Strict.

Turn on the Restricted Mode on an iPhone

Open the YouTube app on your iPhone or iPad> tap on the three vertical dots on the upper right-hand corner > Next tap on Settings > Restricted Mode Filtering > Strict.

Limitation with Restricted mode

One big problem with the restricted mode is, just like you turned it ON, you can also turn it OFF by a simple press of the button. There is no Pin or password protection, to make sure kids don’t disable them knowing or unknowingly. 

To disable restricted mode in the desktop version of YouTube, one has to enter your Google password to turn OFF this feature, no such option is available on YouTube app.

Also, this restricted mode is powered by crowdsourced data and few contract based small company who manually flag each video after watching them. And for a platform that 300 hours of video uploaded every minute, manually flagging each video is not effective.

Method 2: Use YouTube Kids app

One way to overcome the limitation of the restricted mode is to -lock all the other apps and only use YouTube kids app. This is a special version of YouTube that designed for kids. The app has a simple designed and totally free. 

The only issue is – YouTube kids is only available in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. So, if you can find this app in your Google play Store, you will have to sideload the apk. And then it’ll work just fine.

Get YouTube kids (Android | iOS)


Method 3: Sign out of your Google account

This method will take care of all the legal yet NSFW video on YouTube.

If for some reason you have to stick with the YouTube official app, then it’s better to log out from your Google account.

The logic behind this is quite simple, when a creator uploads an NSFW video that contains any form of nudity, bad words but are meant for education use, they have to check mark the 18+ age consent.

And if you are not logged into your Google account, then even if your child accidentally taps on the video thumbnail, the clip won’t play, instead, it’ll ask them to sign in.


Related: How to Block Certain YouTube Channels

About Mrinal Saha

Mrinal is a tech geek who spends half of his day reading and writing about tech. While the nights are spent on shooting or editing YouTube videos. Feel free to geek out with him on-