How to Set Up YouTube Parental Controls that Actually Work

April  5, 2022

Circle Utilizes YouTube’s Restricted Mode and Google’s SafeSearch To Keep Your Kids Safe From Inappropriate Video Content

Understanding YouTube Restricted Mode and Google SafeSearch

Girl using an iPad

YouTube Restricted Mode

  • Go to and make sure you’re signed in to your YouTube account.
  • Click on the profile icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Click on “Restricted Mode” at the bottom of the menu that appears.
  • Click “Activate Restricted Mode.”
  • You can lock Restricted Mode by signing out of your Google Account.
  • Tap on the profile picture in the top right corner of the screen.
  • On Android and iOS, tap on “Settings” in the menu that appears.
  • On iOS, tap the toggle button next to “Restricted Mode.”
  • On Android, tap “General” then the toggle button next to “Restricted Mode.”

Google SafeSearch

  • On iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android devices, tap on the profile picture in the upper right corner.
  • Tap “Settings.”
  • Tap “Hide explicit results.”
  • On the screen that appears, turn SafeSearch on.

YouTube Kids App

How To Set Parental Controls With YouTube’s Restricted Mode and Circle

Setting up parental controls using the Circle App

What Happens When Circle Is Enforcing Restricted Mode and SafeSearch?

  • When YouTube’s Restricted Mode is enforced by Circle on a device, you won’t be able to load live streams or comments on videos from YouTube. YouTube put this in place to ensure only kid-friendly material is served.
  • Enabling SafeSearch disables access to
  • SafeSearch and Restricted Mode are enforced at the network level for all in-home devices managed by Circle or by using the “Set Up Mobile Device Management” option with VPN installed for mobile devices away from home once enabled.

How To Make Sure YouTube Parental Controls Are Working

Father and daughter using an iPad

1. Do you have the right device?

2. Check the profile's settings.

3. Give it a few minutes.

4. Try unmanaging network devices, and check your connection.

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