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Restricted mode on YouTube filters out mature content that you may not wish to see. It's frequently implemented by organizations such as schools to prevent students from being exposed to that content.

But if you want to disable YouTube Restricted Mode for whatever reason, you can easily do so using either a desktop computer or your phone. Here's how.

What Is Restricted Mode on YouTube?

Before we get to the ways in which you can turn off restricted mode, it's important to understand what it is.

While YouTube can be accessed by all ages, not all the content on YouTube is suitable for children, and it may harm them mentally and physically (if they try to reproduce a dangerous stunt, for example).

To prevent this, Google created a feature called restricted mode. It prevents users from stumbling across content that is shocking, scary, or sexually provocative. It works using an automated algorithm, and you can enable it through a simple toggle.

It filters using information such as titles, tags, descriptions, and whether the video has been labeled as age restricted.

Related: The Best YouTube Alternatives for Kids on Android and iPhone

Restricted mode works at a device level. This means that it is not linked to your Google account, but rather is controlled per device (like your phone, tablet, and computer).

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Restricted mode isn't new; it has been around since 2010. The launch was a bit rocky as it wrongly flagged content and often couldn't filter out objectionable content. Since then, it has improved a lot, but it is still not 100% accurate in filtering content. Due to this, there are instances when videos are manually reviewed by the YouTube staff.


How to Turn Off Restricted Mode on YouTube (Desktop)

To disable restricted mode on YouTube on a desktop computer, you'll need to be logged into your Google account first. After logging in to your Google account, follow these steps:

If you're using an organization or work account, you may not be able to disable restricted mode. In this case, the power to turn off restricted mode lies in the hands of the organization's network administrator. This could also happen when you're accessing YouTube in a library or a school environment.

How to Turn Off Restricted Mode on YouTube (Mobile)

On a smartphone, you can disable restricted mode on the YouTube mobile app as well as the browser. The process is a little different when compared to the desktop and there are a few additional steps involved. If you have multiple Google accounts on your phone, be sure to switch to the primary one.

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How to Turn Off Restricted Mode on YouTube as a Network Administrator

If you're a network administrator, your organization's Restricted Mode settings are controlled through Google Workspace and G Suite. Importantly, changes you make to your organization's network settings using Google Workspace, G Suite, and the Google Admin Console, will only apply to users who have signed on to YouTube using their organization credentials.

There are four levels of YouTube restricted mode settings in the Google Admin console:

Network administrators can manage their organization's YouTube restricted mode settings using the Google Admin Console:

If you're not an admin, and you see that restricted mode is enabled by your network administrator, your best bet is to contact the administrator regarding the same. You can also use unrestricted YouTube on a personal device instead of one provided by your organization or company. Additionally, try logging in with your personal Google account to remove Restricted Mode.

Should You Turn Off Restricted Mode on YouTube?

Now that you know how to turn off restricted mode, should you do it? If you're the only person using your computer and are an adult, then there's probably no harm in disabling it. However, if you have other people using the computer, especially those who are vulnerable, then it's best to keep it on.

This is because some content on YouTube can be disturbing. While you might be aware and okay with it, other users might not. In the case of kids, YouTube's restricted mode can also help them stay safer on the internet in general.

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Manuviraj is a Features Writer at MakeUseOf and has been writing about video games and technology for over two years. He is an avid gamer who also spends his free time burning through his favourite music albums and reading.

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