How to Block YouTube on iPad in 2023? (Quick Steps)

As a small business consultant, I often advise clients on time management and productivity. One common time-waster? YouTube. The video platform can be hugely distracting, especially for kids.

While YouTube offers entertainment and education, it also exposes children to inappropriate content. Excessive viewing also discourages active play and social interaction.

As a parent, you may want to limit or block your child‘s access to YouTube on their iPad. But how do you restrict access to one app while still allowing use of other features?

In this article, I‘ll provide an in-depth guide on how parents can block YouTube on an iPad, using both built-in and third-party tools.

Who Should Block YouTube on an iPad?

Blocking YouTube on an iPad can benefit:

  • Parents of young kids – YouTube hosts plenty of kid-friendly content but also some mature visuals and topics. Blocking it protects preschool and elementary age kids.
  • Parents of pre-teens and teens – Older kids may deliberately seek out inappropriate or distracting content on YouTube. Blocking prevents this.
  • Anyone wanting less screen time – The YouTube app makes it easy to fall into an endless video loop. Blocking promotes healthy tech habits.

According to one survey by Reviews.org, kids ages 8-12 now spend an average of 80 minutes per day watching YouTube. That‘s almost 1.5 hours of potential learning and play replaced by staring at a screen.

Built-In Methods to Block YouTube on iPad

Fortunately, iPads have robust parental controls baked right in:

Use Screen Time

Screen Time allows parents to set daily limits on app usage, including YouTube. To block YouTube via Screen Time:

  1. Open Settings > Screen Time > App Limits
  2. Tap Add Limit and select YouTube
  3. Set the time limit to 0 minutes per day

Now your child won‘t be able to access YouTube once their time expires.

Pro Tip: To allow YouTube for set periods, choose a 30 or 60 minute daily limit instead of 0.

Enable Restrictions

If your iPad has an older iOS version without Screen Time, use Restrictions:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions
  2. Create a passcode and enable Restrictions
  3. Select Websites > Limit Adult Content
  4. Add youtube.com to the restricted list

Restrictions blocks the YouTube website from being accessed on the iPad‘s browser.

Delete the YouTube App

You can also remove the YouTube app entirely:

  1. Touch and hold the YouTube icon until apps wiggle
  2. Tap the X to delete the app

Without the app installed, kids can‘t access YouTube (unless they reinstall it).

According to Common Sense Media, 77% of parents with kids age 11 or younger worry about their child‘s excessive use of apps and sites.

Luckily, Apple‘s built-in tools make restricting access to YouTube a breeze.

Third-Party Apps for Blocking YouTube

For greater control beyond Apple‘s features, third-party apps can help. Here are top options:

  • Qustodio – Blocks specific sites/apps, monitors texts, sets time limits
  • FamiSafe – Tracks location, blocks content, limits screen time
  • Norton Family Premier – Web filtering, blocking, monitoring across devices

Based on your needs, research apps and read reviews before installing. A Tech Age Kids comparison finds the best apps are easy to use for parents while preserving some access for kids.

According to research by Common Sense Media, 50% of teens feel "addicted" to their mobile devices. Parental control apps curb this addiction.

YouTube Restrictions Without Apps

What if you want to restrict YouTube but don‘t want to install extra apps? Try these techniques:

  • Switch on Content Restrictions in iPadOS – Blocks adult sites and content
  • Enable Downtime – A built-in feature that disables apps on a schedule
  • Use Guided Access – Helps avoid distraction by limiting iPad to one app
  • Ask kids to self-regulate use – Have them police their own YouTube time
  • Set YouTube time limits in account settings – Limits daily viewing on that device
  • Install Distraction Blocker on Safari – Prevents access to distracting sites including YouTube

Talk with your child about setting healthy boundaries around YouTube viewing based on their maturity level.

Tech vs. Non-Tech Ways to Manage YouTube Time

As a parent, you have to decide how much you want technology to police YouTube use versus non-tech methods like good old-fashioned discipline.

Some expert tips on managing YouTube time without just using parental controls:

  • Set family device "no use" times, like during meals or after bedtime.
  • Encourage outdoor playtime and real-world hobbies so kids don‘t just default to YouTube when bored.
  • Preview videos together and discuss appropriate content versus overly mature themes.
  • Use YouTube‘s history and notifications to spot questionable viewing habits.
  • Remain aware of what your child watches rather than just "locking down" the iPad without context.
  • Focus on developing self-control and responsibility, not just enforcing your rules.

With a mix of reasonable limits, open discussion, and mutual understanding, your child can enjoy the best YouTube has to offer—safely and responsibly.

The Future is Kid-Friendly

YouTube wants to earn parents‘ trust. Just look at their new supervised Google accounts offering:

  • Pre-approved content
  • Limited viewing hours
  • Ability to block channels and videos
  • Warnings before mature content

So while YouTube can seem like the wild west of video content, corporate stewardship and parental insight can combine to create a viewing experience that‘s educational, engaging and most importantly—kid appropriate.


Gerard Donnelly is a small business consultant in Cincinnati, OH focused on helping entrepreneurs maximize productivity, profit, and passion in their ventures. He provides time management coaching and content marketing services.