How to Turn Off YouTube's Safety Mode

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YouTube's safety mode feature hides videos that contain content not appropriate for all audiences. YouTube, however, allows you to turn this feature off via the Safety setting found at the bottom of every YouTube page. If you had safety mode locked in to the Web browser, you must sign in to your YouTube account before you can turn off this feature.

Toggle Setting

Step 1: Open Safety Settings

Open YouTube's safety mode options.
Open YouTube's safety mode options. (Image: Image courtesy of YouTube)

Visit YouTube.com, and then scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click the button labeled **Safety: On**.

Step 2: Turn Off Safety Mode

Turn off safety mode in your Web browser.
Turn off safety mode in your Web browser. (Image: Image courtesy of YouTube)

Click the radio button labeled **Off**, and then click **Save** to apply the changes.

Lock Safety Mode

Step 1: Sign In

After signing in, scroll down to the bottom of the page.
After signing in, scroll down to the bottom of the page. (Image: Image courtesy of YouTube)

Click the **Safety: On** button on any YouTube page, and then click the **Sign In** link.

Step 2: Unlock Safety Mode

Scroll down the page again.
Scroll down the page again. (Image: Image courtesy of YouTube)

Click the **Unlock safety mode on this browser**, and then enter your password when prompted.

Tip

  • When already signed in to YouTube, you see this option the first time you click Safety: On.

Step 3: Save Changes

Apply your changes.
Apply your changes. (Image: Image courtesy of YouTube)

Select the radio button next to **Off**, and then click **Save.**

Warning

  • If a different user had safety mode locked in to the browser, you can't turn it off with your user credentials. You can, however, use an alternate Web browser since safety mode only applies to the browser that it was locked in, or clear the browser's cache to remove the safety lock.

YouTube's Mobile Site

Step 1: Open YouTube Menu

Open the YouTube menu.
Open the YouTube menu. (Image: Image courtesy of YouTube)

Tap the YouTube logo at the top of the mobile site.

Step 2: Open Settings Panel

Open the Settings panel.
Open the Settings panel. (Image: Image courtesy of YouTube)

Tap the gear-shaped button.

Step 3: Disable Safety Mode

Disables safety mode in the YouTube app.
Disables safety mode in the YouTube app. (Image: Image courtesy of YouTube)

Tap on **Safety Mode** to turn the feature off.

Tip

  • The YouTube app for Android and iOS also features a safety mode setting.

    • In Android, tap the three-vertical dots in the YouTube app. In the menu that shows up, tap Settings, and then tap General. Uncheck the box under Safety Mode to turn off the feature.

    • In iOS, open the YouTube menu (tap three-horizontal lines), and then tap the gear-shaped icon. Tap Safety Mode Filtering, and then select No Filtering.
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