How to Block YouTube
This article shows you how to block YouTube access on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Blocking YouTube on your computer can be done by changing system files and using the free OpenDNS service to block YouTube on the network. iPhone users can block YouTube directly from the 'Restrictions' menu in the Settings app, while Android users will have to download a few additional apps to block YouTube.
Block YouTube on all computer browsers
Open your computer's "hosts" file. You can do this on a Windows computer or on a Mac computer. Once you open the "hosts" file and see the request for an address, proceed to the next step.
Enter the YouTube address in the last line. You would type 127.0.0.1and press Tab ↹, then type youtube.comand press ↵ Enter.
If you use Chrome, you need to add a space after the YouTube address before entering www.youtube.com.
Add address to access YouTube mobile version. Enter 127.0.0.1again and press Tab ↹, then enter m.youtube.comand press ↵ Enter.
Again, if you use Google Chrome, you'll need to add a space and the "www" part in YouTube's address.
Save the "hosts" file in the following way:
Windows - Click File , select Save As. , select Text Documents , select All Files in the selection box, select the file "hosts", select Save , and select Yes when asked.
On Mac - Press Control+ X( not ⌘ Command + X), press Ywhen asked, and press ⏎ Return.
Restart the computer. After editing the "hosts" file, it's best to restart your computer to ensure the changes are applied:
On Windows — Click Start , Select Power , and select Restart .
On Mac — Click the Apple menu , select Restart. , and click Restart when asked.
Block YouTube on the network
Change your computer's DNS settings to use the OpenDNS server. Before blocking websites on your home network, you need to set up your computer so that it can use the DNS server address controlled by OpenDNS:
On Windows - Right-click Start , select Network Connections , select Change adapter options , right-click your current network connection, select Properties , select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)", click Properties , check the box "Use the following DNS server addresses", then enter 126.96.36.199in the first box and enter 188.8.131.52in the next box according to. Click OK on both windows to save.
On Mac - Click the Apple menu , choose System Preferences. , click Network , select the name of your current network, click Advanced. , click DNS tab , click ＋ in the lower left corner, enter 184.108.40.206, click ＋ again and enter 220.127.116.11. Click OK , then click Apply to save.
Clear your computer's DNS cache . This is the operation to delete remaining settings that may affect the new DNS settings.
Open the OpenDNS registration page. Visit https://signup.opendns.com/homefree/ from your computer's web browser.
Create an OpenDNS account. Fill in information in the following fields:
Email address - Enter the email address you want to use to register for OpenDNS (this must be an email address that you can access).
Confirm email address - Enter the email address again.
Select your country - Select the country you live in in the selection box.
Create password - Enter the password you want to use for your account (this should be different from your email address's password).
Confirm password - Re-enter the password.
Click the orange GET A FREE ACCOUNT button at the bottom of the page. This involves creating an account and sending a verification email to your email address.
Open the email address associated with the OpenDNS account. This is the email address you used to create your OpenDNS account.
Select verification email. Click the email titled "[OpenDNS] Confirm your OpenDNS registration".
You may see emails in your "Updates" folder if you use Gmail.
If you can't find the email, try checking your "Spam" or "Junk" folder.
Click on the verification link. It's the link below the "Click this link to confirm your registration" heading. With this, your email address will be verified and you will be redirected to the OpenDNS dashboard page.
Click the SETTINGS tab. This is the first option on the dashboard page.
Click ADD THIS NETWORK . You'll see this button below your current network's IP address. The screen now has a new window.
Name the network system. You just need to enter any name in the data entry field at the top of the displayed window.
Click DONE . It's in the bottom right corner of the window.
Click on the network address. This is the information displayed in the middle of the page. The settings page for the current network appears after clicking.
Consider blocking all video sharing sites. As such, sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and the like are blocked:
Check the "Custom" box.
Check the "Video Sharing" box.
Click APPLY .
Enter the YouTube address. You'll enter youtube.comthe data entry field and then click ADD DOMAIN .
Check the "Block" box. This is the box that appears above the gray CONFIRM button .
Click CONFIRM at the bottom of the page to confirm setup and block YouTube on your computer.
Add another computer to the OpenDNS list. Do the following on any computer where you want to block YouTube:
Change DNS settings to use OpenDNS servers.
Go to https://login.opendns.com/, then enter your OpenDNS account's email address and password.
Click the SETTINGS tab .
Click ADD THIS NETWORK , then enter a name and click DONE .
Click the IP address for the network connection you just added.
Block YouTube (and video sharing if necessary) via the Web Content Filtering menu.
Block YouTube on iPhone
Remove the YouTube app if you have it installed. Here's how to prevent others from accessing YouTube using the app:
Touch and hold the YouTube app icon.
Release when you see the app icon start to wiggle.
Tap the X in the upper left corner of the app icon.
Tap Delete when asked.
Open your iPhone's Settings. You will touch the Settings app with the gear icon in the gray box.
Swipe down and tap General. This is an option near the top of the Settings page.
Swipe down and select Restrictions . It's near the middle of the General page.
Enter your password to open the Restrictions menu. Enter the PIN you used to unlock the Restrictions menu.
The Restrictions passcode may be different from the iPhone unlock code.
If you don't have Restrictions turned on, first tap Enable Restrictions , then enter the passcode you want to create twice.
Swipe down and tap the green "Installing Apps" slider. Now the slider has turned white, indicating you cannot download the app on your iPhone.
Swipe down and tap Websites . This is an option near the bottom of the "ALLOWED CONTENT" section.
Tap Limit Adult Content in the "Websites" menu.
Tap Add a Website… in the "NEVER ALLOW" section. You'll find this option near the bottom of the page.
Enter the YouTube address. Type www.youtube.comin the "Website" field, then tap the blue Done button on the keyboard.
Close the Settings app. Now YouTube has been blocked on every iPhone browser app, and no one can download the YouTube app again because the App Store is locked.
Block YouTube on Android
Install necessary applications. To block YouTube sites and apps on Android, you need the YouTube app. Don't worry, because you can then delete the YouTube app and block the Google Play Store to prevent it from downloading again. You'll also need to download the BlockSite app to block YouTube, and the Norton Lock app to password-protect BlockSite to prevent deletion:
Open Play Store .
Tap the search bar.
Type blocksite, then tap the "Search" or "Enter" button.
Tap INSTALL below the BlockSite heading.
Tap the search bar, then delete content there.
Type norton lock, then tap Norton App Lock in the drop-down list.
Tap INSTALL .
Open BlockSite. Press the Home button to close the Play Store, then tap the BlockSite app with the white cancel icon on the orange shield.
Enable BlockSite in Android Accessibility settings. For BlockSite to be able to access and control applications, you first need to enable this setting in Settings:
Tap ENABLE .
Tap GOT IT when asked.
Tap BlockSite (you may have to swipe down to see it).
Tap the gray "OFF" slider.
Tap OK when asked, then enter your Android PIN if required.
Tap ＋ in the lower right corner of the screen.
If BlockSite doesn't show up after you select OK , you'll have to open the app again before doing this.
Enter the YouTube address. Enter youtube.comthe field at the top of the page so Android's built-in browser apps can't access YouTube.
Unlike other content blockers, you don't need to block the YouTube mobile site ("m.youtube.com") when using BlockSite.
Tap in the top right corner of the screen. This is the action to block YouTube on Chrome browser and other built-in Android browser applications.
If your device has third-party browser apps (such as Firefox), you'll need to lock them with Norton Lock to prevent young children from accessing YouTube from here, as BlockSite doesn't control these apps.
Tap ＋ again. You will see this option in the bottom right corner of the screen.
If you don't have YouTube installed on your Android device, skip this step and the next two.
Tap the APP tab at the top of the screen. The list of applications will display here.
Swipe down and tap YouTube in the list of apps. This is the operation to add YouTube to the list of blocked applications on Android.
Open Norton App Lock. Press the Home button, then tap the Norton Lock app with the black icons in a yellow and white circle.
Tap Agree & Launch when asked. This will open the Norton Lock application.
Turn on Norton Lock in the Accessibility menu. Similar to BlockSite, you need to give Norton Lock access rights:
Tap Setup .
Tap Norton App Lock Service (you may have to swipe down to find the app).
Tap the gray "OFF" slider.
Tap OK when asked.
Generate unlock code. When the Norton Lock app appears, you'll draw a pattern, then redraw that pattern when prompted. This is the unlock code for locked applications.
If you want to use a passcode instead of a pattern, tap SWITCH TO PASSCODE and enter the passcode you want to create twice.
Tap Continue . It's at the bottom of the screen.
You can reset your Norton Lock passcode through your Google account when needed.
Block essential applications. Swipe down and tap the following apps to block access without a passcode:
Any browser not controlled by BlockSite (such as browsers other than Chrome or built-in browsers like Firefox or UC Browser)
Norton Lock will also lock the Settings app and itself by default. When the Play Store is locked, no one can access YouTube without the password.
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