YouTube lets you lock a channel natively only in its child-friendly app, YouTube Kids. To avoid viewing content published in the standard version of the platform, you need to download an extension to your browser.
The service, however, offers other security tools. These include user lockout and Restricted Mode activation, which helps hide content videos for adults.
AppGeek then teaches you how to do each procedure and keep you and your family safe from bad content.
How to block a YouTube channel
To block a YouTube channel, you need to download the extensive Video Blocker for Google Chrome. THE plugin allows you to hide videos posted by selected profiles, as well as content with certain keywords or expressions in the title.
1. Download Video Blocker from the Chrome Web Store;
2. Once installed, the extension icon will be displayed in the upper right corner of the browser. Click on it;
3 Check if the option Channel (channel, in English) is selected. Then type the name of the channel you want to block in the field next to it. It is important that the name is spelled correctly to make the process work;
4 Then click on Add;
5 Then, refresh the YouTube page and the videos from that channel will disappear.
- If you change your mind and want to unlock any channels, click the extension's icon again and go to Blocklist. On the page that opens, click Delete, next to the name, and you're done, the content will be displayed again.
How to block a channel on YouTube Kids
YouTube Kids is a platform app that is especially geared toward kids. The program offers parent-approved content control and native video and channel lockout.
1. If you don't already have it, download YouTube Kids on your Android and iOS device;
2. Access your child's user profile in the app;
3 Tap the magnifying glass icon to search for the channel or video you want to lock;
4 If you want to block just one video, tap the three dots icon in the right corner and choose Block this video;
5 Confirm the option by entering the multiplication result or your password and go to Submit;
6 If you want to lock a channel, just tap on the three-dot icon one more time and choose to Block this channel;
7 Confirm by entering the multiplication result or your password and go to Submit.
What is YouTube Restricted Mode?
YouTube Restricted Mode is an optional form of content view that hides videos that can only be viewed by adults. Selection is made by a computerized system based on titles, descriptions, metadata, age restrictions, among other factors.
Google itself says that the selection is not perfect and that it is necessary to enable the mode on each platform used. That is, I need to do the process on both the mobile app and all browsers used. By enabling it, you will no longer be able to check comments made on the videos by other users.
How to enable YouTube Restricted Mode on Android and iOS
For both the Android and iPhone smartphone app, you will need to be signed in to your Google account to perform the procedure.
Once you open the app, touch your profile picture in the upper right corner to access the settings.
At the Android, comes Settings and then in General. Tap on Restricted Mode to activate the key. At the iPhone, just access Settings and then, Restricted Mode Filter. By activating it, it goes from Not filter for Restricted.
How to enable YouTube Restricted Mode on PC
To enable strict mode on your computer, open your preferred browser and go to the YouTube website. You must be logged in to your Google profile to perform the procedure.
Click on the icon with your profile picture to access the settings. At the end of the menu that opens, note that the option Restricted Mode: Disabled. Click on it. Then turn the key next to Enable Restricted Mode.
How to block a user on YouTube
By blocking a user (or channel) with YouTube's native tool, you will not miss the content published by it. The process similar to what happens in other social networks.
The banned profile will no longer be able to see or comment on posts made to their accounts. In addition, the person can no longer chat or share videos with you via the platform.
On your computer, just go to the profile page, go to About and click on the icon of a little flag. In the menu that opens, choose Block user.
On Android and iOS, go to the channel and tap the three dots icon at the top right of the screen. In the menu that opens, go to Block user and ready.
If you want to protect your kids on YouTube-only, check out our walkthrough on how to block mobile sites and control internet access. See also how to access everything Google knows about you and limit the company's access to your data.
Journalist graduated from UFRJ, writes about technology for seven years. Carioca currently lives in Portugal, the country he adopted. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, reading, watching movies, and doing series marathons. Instagram is her favorite social network, but WhatsApp saves her from missing those who stayed in Brazil.