How To Block YouTube on an iPad

YouTube is full of free content that can keep users entertained for days. If you want to reduce screen time or prevent your child from spending too much time on the iPad, you may have considered blocking YouTube. We’ll cover several ways you can do this in the Safari and Chrome browsers and your router, so you can take control of your digital life.

Keep reading to learn more.

Block YouTube in Safari on an iPad

One of the easiest ways to block YouTube website on your iPad is through Screen Time.

Before blocking sites with Screen Time, make sure you have the feature turned on.

  1. Launch “Settings” and select “Screen Time”.
  2. Press the “Enable screen time” option.
  3. Read the instructions in the pop-up window and click “Continue” when you’re ready to proceed.
  4. If you enable this feature on your child’s iPad, choose ‘This is my child’s iPad’.

Here’s what you need to do to block the YouTube website:

  1. Launch “Settings” and press the “Screen Time” option.
  2. Click on “Content & Privacy Restrictions” and make sure it is enabled.
  3. Select ‘Content Restrictions’ and choose ‘Web Content’.
  4. Tap the “Restrict adult websites” option to activate it and block such sites.
  5. YouTube is not an adult site, so go to the ‘Never allow’ section and press ‘Add website’.
  6. Paste https://www.youtube.com in the appropriate field and exit the app.

Your iPad will automatically save and implement these changes.

How to Block YouTube in Chrome on an iPad

As the name suggests, Screen Time app helps iPad users limit their screen time. It is a useful tool if you find yourself only watching YouTube videos in your spare time.

Before restricting YouTube access on your iPad, make sure you have activated the Screen Time feature.

  1. Open “Settings” and tap “Screen Time”.
  2. Click on ‘Turn on screen time’.
  3. Go through the instructions and press the “Continue” button.
  4. If you turn on Screen Time on your child’s device, choose “This is my child’s iPad.”

Follow the steps below to block YouTube website in Chrome with this app:

  1. Go to “Settings” and select “Screen Time” from the list of options.
  2. Press “Content & Privacy Restrictions” and make sure it is enabled.
  3. Click on “Content Restrictions” and choose the “Web Content” option.
  4. Choose “Restrict adult websites” if you want to block such sites.
  5. Since YouTube is not an adult site, find the ‘Never allow’ section and tap ‘Add website’.
  6. Paste https://www.youtube.com into the new window and close the “Settings” app.

Your iPad will automatically apply the changes.

How to block YouTube on an iPad through a router

Removing the app from your network could be the solution if your kids find ways to access YouTube despite your efforts to block the platform. It’s a quick and easy method; all you need is your router’s IP address. If you’re not sure where to find it, the following steps will guide you through the process:

  1. Turn on your computer and press the “Start” button from your desktop.
  2. Tap “Settings” and choose the “Network & Internet” option.
  3. Select “View your network properties” and navigate to “Default Gateway”.

The IP address should appear next to ‘Default Gateway’.

Now that you’ve got this information, it’s time to block YouTube in your admin settings. To do this, follow the instructions below.

  1. Open your favorite web browser on your computer and type in the IP address of your router.
  2. Enter your administrator username and password to view the router settings.
  3. Scan the menu options and look for items such as ‘Blocked websites’ and ‘URL filters’.
  4. Select the appropriate option and paste www.youtube.com into the list of restricted addresses.

While this method won’t give anyone using your network access to YouTube, tech-savvy kids can find ways around this roadblock. In such cases, you may need some additional ways to close YouTube access.

Additional ways to block YouTube

In addition to blocking YouTube on your browsers and router, you can try some of the methods below to spend less time on the platform.

Block screen time YouTube app

You’ve restricted browser access, but what about the app? If you are in the mood for some fun videos, nothing will stop you from tapping the icon and using the YouTube app. Well, nothing but Screen Time. In addition to blocking websites, Screen Time allows users to blacklist apps. After you enable the feature, the YouTube app on your iPad will stop working.

  1. Launch “Settings” from the home screen and select “Screen Time”.
  2. Press “Content and Privacy Restrictions”.
  3. Choose “Content & Privacy Restrictions” again and choose “Content Restrictions”.
  4. Click on “Apps” and adjust the age limit to 12+ or lower.

YouTube has an age rating of 17+ by default, so Screen Time will automatically flag and block it.

If you pre-installed the app on your iPad, the icon will disappear from the home screen.

When you try to get YouTube from the Apple App Store, the restrictions prevent you from downloading and installing it.

While these restrictions apply to YouTube, they may also affect other apps rated above 12+. So before setting restrictions, make sure you have access to apps you need for work or school.

When you decide it’s time to go back to the YouTube app, you can turn off Screen Time by following the steps below:

  1. Open “Settings” and tap the “Screen Time” option.
  2. Select ‘Content & Privacy Restrictions’.
  3. Press “Content & Privacy Restrictions” again and click “Content Restrictions”.
  4. Change the age limit to 17+ or tap ‘Allow all apps’.

The YouTube icon will now reappear on your iPad’s home screen.

Uninstall the app

If all else fails and your kid always manages to get back on YouTube, uninstalling the app might be your best bet. You can prevent download attempts to make sure they don’t use the app when you’re not there.

  1. Unlock the home screen on your child’s iPad.
  2. Tap and hold the YouTube icon and press the “Remove App” option.
  3. Click on “Remove App” and select “Remove”.
  4. Go to ‘Settings’ and choose ‘Screen time’.
  5. Make sure you have enabled the “Content & Privacy Restrictions” option.
  6. Press “iTunes & App Store Purchases”.
  7. Select “Install apps” and tap the “Do not allow” button.

The App Store should disappear from your child’s iPad. So they can’t download and install new apps, including YouTube.

If you want to download a game or educational app on their device, here’s how to disable App Store restrictions:

  1. Open “Settings” and tap “Screen Time”.
  2. Click “iTunes & App Store Purchases” and choose “Install Apps”.
  3. Select ‘Allow’.

Set a time limit

Setting a time limit will limit your viewing time, but still allow you to use the app without going overboard. Here’s what to do:

  1. Launch “Settings” and press “Screen Time”.
  2. Tap on “App Limits” and select the “Add Limit” option.
  3. To apply the time limit to all entertainment apps, select the “Entertainment” box. Otherwise, click “Entertainment” and tap “YouTube.”
  4. Press the “Next” button and enter the desired time limit.
  5. Choose ‘Adjust days’ to adjust your viewing time on certain days of the week.
  6. Select ‘Add’.

You can use the app, but once you reach the set limit, your iPad will lock the app. You have to wait for the next scheduled watch time to use it.

Removing the watch time limit is relatively easy.

  1. Go to ‘Settings’ and choose ‘Screen time’.
  2. Press “App Limits” and click “Add Limits”.
  3. Select “Entertainment” and tap the “YouTube” option.
  4. Press “Remove limit”.

Minimize distractions in just a few clicks

While YouTube is one of the most popular and fun online platforms, it can quickly become a distraction. Whether you want to do a digital detox or prevent your child from spending too much time indoors, it may be a good idea to block YouTube. Best of all, you don’t need to download any advanced software to achieve this. All you have to do is adjust your iPad’s settings, and you’ll block both the app and the site.

Have you tried to block YouTube on your iPad before? Which of the above methods did you use? Let us know in the comments below.

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