YouTube restricted mode won’t turn off for some users & it’s been this way for over a year
Restricted mode is an additional setting on YouTube, which if enabled, restricts the availability of potentially mature or objectionable content.
This useful feature, however, is working unexpectedly for some users – it simply won’t turn off. This has led to a series of complaints on the official YouTube forums.
It suddenly appeared on my phone as well. Was recently stuck on my Mac, and now it’s on my iPhone. It says that restricted mode is enabled by my network administrator, but we’ve done nothing to enable it. If I leave my network and use cell data, it will show the video but literally everything else says “error loading” and that’s all I get
I also have the same issue on my iPhone.. I turn Restricted Mode off, go to watch a video, and it has been turned back on again automatically. I cannot get it to stay turned off.
It’s very frustrating, because there are no children in this household, and I never turned it ON to begin with!
It appears to be a problem with m.youtube.com, because I can copy a link someone has shared in Facebook, and enter it directly in the Safari browser, at youtube.com and it works fine.
Users facing this issue say they are unable to comment under videos or can’t watch certain videos at all. Instead they are greeted with a message implying that the video is restricted.
Don’t worry though, as we got this problem covered.
The first thing you need to do here is to turn off the restricted mode in YouTube under general settings on the mobile app. For other platforms, refer to the screenshot below.
However, disabling restricted mode will not bypass YouTube’s regional filter, which is responsible for the “Video is not available in your region” error.
It is also important to highlight here that if you are having such issues on public networks at school or workplace, then your administrator may have enabled it for the entire network. So, confirm that first.
That being said, if you have already confirmed the above steps don’t work, then you may continue to the other workarounds given below.
I fixed it on my MacBook on chrome by removing my google account from the browser tab.
Warning using this method will clear everything attached to your old account including all saved passwords and bookmarked websites.
1) Click on your account icon on the top right side of the screen next to the URL search bar (sometimes its a letter or a picture you chose)
2) A dropdown will display showing your google account icon, whether your email is synced to the google account, and a way to access the guest account
3) underneath “Manage your Google Account” click on the settings icon opposite “Other People” and remove the account which has the restriction mode issue.
4) Close and reopen the browser
5) You can choose to either make a new account or use the browser anonymously, Youtube restriction should now be turned off
If you are on a PC, then a couple of people have also stated that switching browsers fixed the issue for them.
Additionally, you can try clearing the browsing data or cache for your browser on PC. This has reportedly done the job for a few users as well.
Furthermore, Restricted mode seems to be associated with 3 different factors: Google Family Link, Firewalls and VPNs. If you are using them, then disabling them might help with the problem too.
You can also refer to the very comprehensive guide below for further explanation.
That being said, let us know in the comments below if the above workarounds fixed the YouTube restricted mode issue for you.
Also be sure to check out our story on how to apply location-based search filters on YouTube here.
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