How to turn off safety mode on YouTube

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How to turn off safety mode on YouTube
YouTube safety mode protects children from inappropriate material, but it also restricts adults. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Users upload almost eight years worth of content to YouTube every single day. Within that huge volume, there is material that is violent, sexual in nature or simply in very bad taste. YouTube's community guidelines do not forbid all material which many would regard as unsuitable for children and that is why the site has its "Safety Mode" option. However, if you're a broad minded adult you may well find the restrictions that "Safety Mode" imposes irksome. If that's the case, it's simple to turn off "Safety Mode".

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Things you need

  • YouTube account
  • YouTube user name and password.

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  1. 1

    Open your browser and navigate to the YouTube home page. Click on the small blue box with "Sign in" written on it on the top righthand side of the page. Sign in with your user name, which is the email address you originally signed up with, and your password.

  2. 2

    Scroll to the bottom of your home page. You'll see a YouTube logo on the lefthand side with a line of options beside it. Examine the "Safety" option which will say either "Off" or "On". If it says "Off", no further action is required to fulfil your goal.

  3. 3

    If the "Safety" option says "On" click it. Under "Choose your safety mode" click "Off". Safety mode is now disabled.

Tips and warnings

  • If you opt to have "Safety" mode on, you can choose to lock it when you make the selection.
  • Even with "Safety" mode on, YouTube does not guarantee that all sexual or disturbing material will be blocked.

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