How to enable YouTube Restricted Mode for Chromebooks?

YouTube's Restricted Mode helps you limit students’ access to inappropriate content on YouTube. Setting up the YouTube restricted mode will give you greater flexibility in the administration of videos and channels. You can allow specific videos for specific groups of students to suit their educational requirements.   

Once you have moved to the Nucleus UI, please check out the KB here to set up Restricted Mode.

It is important to remember that the Securly YouTube settings override the G Suite YouTube settings only if users are NOT logged into YouTube. When users are logged in, the G Suite settings override the Securly YouTube settings. This means that videos added to any of the Allow lists would also be overridden by G Suite settings. 

Note that you need to enable YouTube Restricted Mode from G Suite if you are a DNS or SmartPAC user so that students can get it when they sign in using their school credentials. 

If you are using an older version of the Securly UI, you will need to follow the steps below.

To do this:

  1. Log in to your G Suite Admin Console at
  2. Navigate to Apps > Additional Google services
  3. Scroll down to YouTube. Note that the YouTube service needs to be enabled for these features to work. This is per OU settings.
  4. Click on Permissions and select the OU you would like to change permissions for. This is set in each OU or inherited.
  5. Set the level of permission for this OU.
    1. Strict Restricted YouTube access—Enabled by default only when you choose the option “restrict content for logged-in users in your organization”.
    2. Moderate Restricted YouTube access—Users can only watch restricted and approved videos. This offering is similar to the Restricted Mode setting in the YouTube app and offers a larger corpus of videos than the Strict offering.
    3. Unrestricted YouTube access—Users can browse all of YouTube when signed-in even if you have also set network-level restrictions.
    4. Can approve videos—You can designate individuals or organizational units to approve videos so that signed-in users in their organization can watch them.
  6. Click on 'Save', this may take up to 24 hours to change.
  7. Once you are done setting permission levels on all OUs, click Content Settings.
  8. "Signing in users in your organization can only watch restricted and approved videos" needs to be checked to enable approval or restrictions from these settings.

Securly also allows you to set up YouTube restrictions for your users on all types of devices. To learn how, click here.  


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