Top 9 Fixes for YouTube Restricted Mode Not Turning Off on Mobile and PC

You’ll find all kinds of videos on YouTube, and some may not be safe for your kids. That’s why you should use Restricted mode to filter out any adult-themed or potentially violent video. When restricted mode is enabled, potentially adult content is eliminated. But a few YouTube users are experiencing a glitch where they are unable to disable Restricted mode. If you are experiencing the same problem, this article will help you.

When some users play a video, ‘This video is not available with Restricted mode enabled. You will need to disable Restricted mode to view this video.’ Others see the message ‘YouTube Restricted mode turned on by network administrator’.

Let’s take a look at various solutions to fix YouTube not turning off restricted mode on Android, iPhone, iPad and computer.

1. Reboot Device

As always, the first fix is ​​to restart the respective device. If you cannot turn off Restricted mode from a computer, restart it. The same goes for Android, iPhone or iPad.

2. Follow Correct Steps to Disable Restriction Mode

Open youtube.com on PC and sign in with your account. Click on the account icon at the top. Scroll down from the menu that appears and you will find the Restricted mode option. Click on it.

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Disable the toggle next to Enable restricted mode.

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In case Enable Restricted Mode is greyed out, click on ‘Unlock Restricted mode in this browser’ located under the same setting. You will need to enter your Google account password. Enter the password. Reload your browser and Restricted mode should be turned off. If that doesn’t happen, you’ll need to disable the toggle next to Enable restricted mode.

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Tap the account icon in the YouTube Android app. Go to Settings > General. Turn off the toggle for restricted mode. Tap the profile picture icon at the top of the YouTube app on iPhone and iPad too. Go to Settings and turn off the toggle next to Restricted mode.

Note: Restricted mode is only enabled for a specific device. Turning it off on one device does not mean it will be disabled for your account on other devices. You will have to turn it off separately for each device, app or browser.

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3. Check Account Restrictions

If you’re using a computer from your school, college, university, or other government agency, as noted on the Google support page, they may have Restricted mode enabled. You will need to contact them to disable it. Similarly, you may not be able to disable Restricted mode if you are using a school account.

Also, if your Google account is linked to the Family Link app, your parent can enable Restricted mode for your account. You cannot disable it yourself. Only a parent can turn off Restricted mode using the Family Link app.

Fly: Learn more about how Google Family groups work.

4. Check for Third-Party Apps and Services

Do you have any parental control apps installed on your computer or phone? If yes, these can also enable YouTube’s Restricted mode. Talk to your family about it.

Similarly, anti-virus programs, firewalls, VPN, etc. Check internet security software. Disable them and reboot the relevant device. See if you can turn off restricted mode.

If the problem is occurring in a browser, check for active extensions, especially from video conferencing tools. These tips have helped many YouTubers.

5. Check Network Restrictions

Sometimes various settings on your network enable YouTube’s restriction mode. Google provides a special page to check if this is the case.

Open www.youtube.com/check_content_restrictions and you will be informed about the restrictions. At the bottom of the page you can see the Restricted mode button. Click on it to unlock restricted mode.

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Here are a few more tips that seem to work:

  • Unplug the ethernet cable if you are using it to connect to your modem. Instead, connect your computer using regular Wi-Fi.
  • Change the DNS server for your internet connection. Set your DNS servers to Google’s DNS servers of 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. Alternatively, choose automatic DNS servers. Learn how to assign the best DNS server in Windows. Adjust your Wi-Fi network settings on mobile and assign a new DNS.
  • Reset your router and set it up from scratch.

6. Clear Browser Cache

Several YouTube users were able to disable Restricted mode by clearing their browser’s cache and cookies. We have mentioned the steps for the Chrome browser, but the steps will be pretty much similar for other browsers.

Open Chrome Settings and go to Privacy & security. Click on Clear browsing data.

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Select ‘Cookies and other site data’ and ‘Cached images and files’. Click the clear data button. Before you do that, read up on what happens when you clear Chrome’s browsing data.

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Fly: If you only want to clear cache and cookie for YouTube, learn how to do it.

7. Clear Android App Cache

If Restricted mode doesn’t turn off in YouTube’s Android app, you need to clear app cache and data. While clearing the cache will not delete your personal data, clearing the data will delete the videos downloaded in the YouTube app. It will also reset all YouTube settings to default values. See our explainer to find out what happens when you clear the YouTube app’s data.

Open your Android phone’s Settings and go to Apps. Tap YouTube under All apps. Tap on Storage and hit the Clear cache button first. Restart the phone. Follow the steps mentioned above to disable restricted mode. If you still can’t, tap the Clear data/storage button.

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8. Uninstall Apps

Uninstalling the YouTube app on mobile devices and tablets also worked for many users. Tap and hold the YouTube app icon to uninstall the YouTube app on iPhone/iPad. Select Delete app. On Android, open Play Store and search for YouTube. Tap Uninstall. Restart the phone. Then reinstall the YouTube app.

9. Sign Out of Google Account

If you are unable to disable Restricted mode on your computer, you should try signing out of your Google account. For this, open YouTube.com and click on the account icon at the top. When the menu appears, click Sign Out.

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Alternatively, open google.com and click the profile picture icon at the top. Click Sign out. Learn how to remove a Google account from Chrome. When you sign out of your Google account, your bookmarks and passwords will be removed from the computer. But when you sign in again, everything will be restored.

After logging out, close the browser and log back in. You should now be able to turn off Restricted mode on YouTube.

Fly: You can also try to sign out of your Google account on mobile. However, before you do, read our post on what happens when you remove your Google account from your phone. The post also mentions the steps for both Android and iPhone.

Reduce Data Usage

We hope you were able to turn off YouTube’s Restricted mode using any of the fixes above. If you are a child, we recommend continuing. Check out 4 tips to reduce YouTube data usage on mobile and PC once everything is working properly.

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