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YouTube’s age restriction settings prevent people from viewing videos that may not be safe for work (NSFW) or that market to children in a harmful way. If your account is banned from viewing certain videos, there are ways to turn off age restriction on YouTube, allowing you to access everything they have to offer. Here’s how to do it.

Why Is There an Age Restriction on YouTube?

While certain content may not go against YouTube standards, it may not be suitable for users under the age of 18. In cases like this, YouTube restricts the viewing age of the video. This policy is applicable to all YouTube products and features, including videos, video descriptions, custom thumbnails, live broadcasts, and more.

Can’t I Just Update My Birthday?

You can, but you’ll have to do it with your Google account. You’ll log in, navigate to your personal info on the left-hand side, and then update your birthday. Don’t forget to click ‘Save’!

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You can update your birth date for YouTube in your Google account settings.

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How to Turn Off Age Restriction on YouTube

While you can easily update your birthday to bypass YouTube restrictions, there is another way to do it as well. That’s to turn off the restriction in your YouTube settings. Here’s how to do that.

Step 1: Log In

First, you’ll log in and view your YouTube home screen, from there, you can immediately go to step two.

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Login to view your YouTube home screen.

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Step 2: Navigate to Restricted Mode

Next, you’ll click your photo in the right-hand corner, and a menu will pop up. You’ll need to scroll down in order to see restricted mode.

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Access your settings by clicking on your profile picture in the top right-hand corner.

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Step 3: Disable Restrictions

Once you locate restricted mode, you’ll click on it. A new pop-up will show up and ask you if you want to enable or disable restricted mode. You’ll know that restricted mode is disabled if it’s greyed out (like the photo below).

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Toggle the switch at the bottom of the screen to de-activate Restricted Mode.

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And that’s it! That’s how to make sure that restrictions are turned off on your YouTube account.

Step 4: Do This for Each Browser or App

Keep in mind that if you turn off age restriction on YouTube following the steps above, you’ll have to do it for every browser and app, regardless if you’re using the same YouTube account or not. In other words, if you’re logged in under your account on Chrome and Firefox, you’ll have to follow steps 1-3 for each browser.

If using the YouTube app on your phone, you’ll also need to turn off restrictions. To do this, you’ll open the app, click your photo on the right-hand side, click ‘settings’, choose ‘general’, and make sure restricted mode is disabled (or greyed out).

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Open the YouTube app and click on your profile picture to access settings.

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Tap General settings near the top of your screen.

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Toggle the switch to disable restricted mode on the app.

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How to Turn Off Age Restriction on YouTube Wrap Up

It’s very easy to turn off the age restriction on YouTube, mainly because the platform offers easy access to your settings. And remember, you can toggle your restrictions on or off based on your preferences!

How to Turn Off Age Restriction on YouTube, Step-By-Step (With Photos) FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

How do I view age restricted content on YouTube?

You’ll need to update your age in your Google account. We teach you how to do this in our steps above!

Why is YouTube age restricting me?

If the content isn’t appropriate for viewers under 18, it is usually age-restricted. This policy applies to everything from videos to YouTube’s products and features. If your birthday shows that you’re under 18, these videos and content will be restricted for you.

How do I turn restrictions off on YouTube?

Simply follow our directions above to turn off the restrictions function on your YouTube account.

Why can't I turn off YouTube restrictions?

If you can’t turn off YouTube restrictions, you made need to clear your browser cache, disable extensions or add-ons on your browser, clear your YouTube app cache, or reinstall the app if using it on your phone. This will update the restrictions toggle.

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