The YouTube restricted mode can hide some content from some people. Is this affecting you or do you just want to check to see if maybe your content has been restricted by everybody else and that you might need to dial it back?
How To Turn On / Off Restricted Mode in NEW YouTube Studio
Today I’m going to teach you how to turn on and off the YouTube restricted mode, and show you why that’s important. Here we go.
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YouTube has implemented in the last two, three years, very strict practices to hide adult content, hide inappropriate information, hide some things that just aren’t advertiser friendly. And in some cases it can be a little bit strict, dirty humor, profanity, or even games that include violence like shooting.
What is general gameplay?
In fact, in some cases it’s even deemed wrestling content to be non-advertiser friendly and placed it behind some restricted filters.
Okay, so let’s start on PewDiePie’s channel.
Right now, I have the restricted mode activated. What does this mean?
Well, if you scroll through his last videos, you’ll notice that although he posts daily, you can see videos from two days ago, five days ago, three weeks ago, one month ago, then a couple of months ago.
Now that seems normal, right?
Well, if I turn off restricted mode, you will see that there’s a few videos that have now reappeared. So the “Jake Paul scam,” right? And a few others you’ll notice that he’s now posting daily again, 22 hours, one day, two days, three days, four days, and five days.
What restricted mode does is hide videos that YouTube have deemed a bit dodgy, a bit risky. Maybe they’re demonetized, maybe they’re not. Or they just happen to have some key words that are a bit sensitive.
So why would you do this?
Well, if your kids are in control of your computer, maybe you want to turn on restricted mode, or you might want to check your own videos to see which videos are being hidden behind restrictions, and then maybe tweak those videos to make them more user friendly in the future.
Now there’s two ways of turning on restrictive mode.
First of all, this case, you go to the top avatar and go to the bottom right-hand corner. You’ll see “Restricted Mode Off,” click on there.
It gives you the option to toggle it on and it will now reload the page for you.
Once again, we’re now on this page, we’ll see that the scam videos disappeared again, and the Thanos video has disappeared again and a few of his videos. So, that’s the restricted mode on.
If you go back up here and you click “Restricted Mode On,” your also have the option to lock it on this browser.
What this means is that if you are a parent and you want to completely lock on this and matter what, right? Only 100% stuff that is family friendly will be seen, but then you can lock it on the browser.
Now for some of you that may be still stuck in the YouTube classic mode, all you have to do is go to the dashboard and scroll down to the bottom, and the options are down here.
You’ve got language, your location, history, and “Restricted Mode On.”
You get the same kind of option. You can even lock it directly or click “Off,” then click “Save,” and you are done.
Use this tool to your advantage. If you’re a parent, use it to hide any content that you just don’t want them to stumble across just yet, or as a creator, check out your videos, and if they are restricted, maybe dial back on the profanity, maybe dial back on the sensitive topics, maybe dial back on specific graphic gameplay.
If it’s behind the restricted filter, it might affect your CPMs. You might lose money or you might get less cost per click per thousand views.
These are things that you need to consider if you’re building a business going forward, or are you willing to take that hit if it’s something that’s personal to you?
You’ve now got a way to check, filter and understand if you are being affected.
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