What is YouTube Restricted Mode, and How to Enable it?

YouTube is the largest video platform in the world, and it has more than 1 billion users from various countries. Since Google owns YouTube, one can quickly realize its popularity. That also means they let you watch and upload different types of video content on the platform, the types that may not be suitable for your kids. YouTube has its own ‘common-sense rules’ – its Community Guidelines for the content creators and its own YouTube Restrict­ed Mode.

These rules decide whether or not the content is appropriate to upload on the platform. These guidelines help content creators or video-makers to be aware of nudity or sexual content, hateful content, harmful or dangerous content, and violent or graphic content. And this content is inappropriate for minors (below 18 years of age.) That’s why, to save your children from accessing this stuff, parents turn on the YouTube Restrict­ed Mode.

What is YouTube Restricted Mode?

You can enable the YouTube Restrict­ed Mode website or YouTube Android or iOS app. Once allowed, it will restrict the availability of potentially mature or objectionable content on the platform. YouTube uses an automatic algorithms system to filter content through YouTube Restrict­ed Mode that doesn’t follow the YouTube guidelines.

The algorithms check different content elements, including title, language, metadata, etc., to determine whether or not the videos are appropriate for the platform. These metadata include upload date, creator, video description, and tagged keywords, but the algorithm system is not always perfect. And through the Restricted mode, human reviewers check the content’s rating and filter it out if they find it inappropriate. These employees manually checked the videos and ‘flagged’ them in the YouTube Restrict­ed Mode.

Since millions of content are being uploaded to YouTube daily, it’s impossible to check them all in a few minutes. But if you turn on the YouTube Restrict­ed Mode, you can be sure that your children are safe from viewing inappropriate adult or violent content.

How to Enable or Disable YouTube Restricted Mode on Windows 11 or 10?

To enable or disable YouTube Restricted Mode on Windows 11 or 10 PC, do these steps:-

Step 1. First, Open YouTube in any browser and sign in to your account.

Step 2. Click your profile icon in the top right and select Restricted Mode in the drop-down menu.

Step 3. After that, in the following screen, turn the On or Off toggle switch ACTIVATE RESTRICTED MODE to enable or disable restricted mode in YouTube.

Quick Note: This will temporarily activate or deactivate the restricted mode and is only valid in your open browser. If you open YouTube on another browser, you can view restricted content.

Step 4. Next, if you want to enable Restricted Mode in your current browser permanently, click on the Lock Restricted Mode on this browser option.

Step 5. Lastly, authenticate your login by entering your account password.

After completing the above steps, restricted content should not appear on your browser on YouTube.

Repeat the above steps if you want to disable the restricted mode on YouTube.

How to Enforce YouTube Restricted Mode in Chrome using Registry Editor on Windows 11 or 10?

If you use the Chrome browser on Windows 11 or 10 to watch videos on YouTube, you can tweak the Registry to enforce a restricted mode.

To enforce YouTube Restricted Mode in Chrome using Registry Editor, do these steps:-

Step 1. First, open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Now, navigate or browse to the following key in the left sidebar of Registry Editor:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies

Step 3. Then, right-click on the Policies folder and select New > Key.

Step 4. After that, name the newly created key as Google.

Step 5. Next, right-click on the Google folder and select New > Key.

Step 6. Now, name this new key as Chrome.

Step 7. Then, right-click on the Chrome key and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 8. After that, name the newly created REG_DWORD as ForceYouTubeRestrict.

Step 9. Next, double-click on ForceYouTubeRestrict REG_DWORD and set the “Value data” as 1 or 2.

Step 10. Then, click OK.

Step 11. Lastly, reboot your computer.

To disable the YouTube restricted mode, navigate to the following key in Registry Editor:-

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome

On the right side of the Chrome folder, right-click on ForceYouTubeRestrict REG_DWORD and select the Delete option. When prompted, click the Yes button.

Using the steps mentioned above, you can turn on or off restricted mode on YouTube in Windows 11 or 10 Chrome.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be informative to you.

Good luck & keep reading, guys.

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