Hello friends! Sometimes when you can’t play YouTube videos on your phone or send them to a device. You probably get the black screen with a message that restricted mode is active. This feature is a YouTube feature that aims to protect underage users by limiting the categories and themes they can play. Therefore, in this post, we will show you how to disable the restricted mode on YouTube for Android.
YouTube’s restricted mode
Today, even though platforms like Twitch or TikTok threaten YouTube’s throne, Google’s service is the one that remains the number one when it comes to offering support for medium and long videos. Due to its popularity, Google has had to include different tools to protect the youngest users.
This mode aims to filter the videos to play to prevent viewing if these videos have a theme not appropriate for minors or are directly marked for +18. For this reason, a good part of the videos can be rated as unsuitable: it is enough that some foul language is used for them to get that rating; which will reflect a black screen when playing them.
How to disable YouTube’s restricted mode
Open the YouTube app and go to your avatar icon.
Then go to “Settings”
After that, go into the general settings.
Finally, scroll down to “Restricted mode” and disable it.
How to enable or disable restricted mode on a family account
Download the Google Family Link application on your phone by following the link below:
Then open the app and log in to the account that manages your family.
After that, click on the family member you want to modify and click on “Manage settings”
Finally, go to YouTube and enable or disable the restricted mode.
To turn on the restricted mode the family account has to open YouTube on their phone at least once.
Devices that are affected by Restricted Mode
- On the device where it is enabled/disabled. In case you use a phone you have to enable/disable the restricted mode on that mobile; without affecting your computer, tablet, and any other device where you play YouTube with your Google account. In short restricted mode affects each device individually, even if you are using the same account.
- On family accounts. For families whose parents have children’s accounts associated with theirs, they can enable YouTube’s restricted mode on a child-by-child basis.
- Also, smart speakers and smart displays have their own YouTube restricted mode. This affects all content on the platform that is sent from the phone, even if the phone does not have restricted mode enabled.
Nowadays it is very important to take care of the content that minors consume on the internet so the restricted mode is a tool that can be useful if that is the goal. Or in case you want to remove it enjoying all the content on YouTube is also an option that you should know. Thanks for reading us. Bye!