How to Block YouTube on Chrome with or without Extension

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Rosa Reyes
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YouTube is one of the most popular websites, and Google Chrome is one of the most widely used web browsers. This article will show in detail how to block YouTube on Chrome without extension or with one on Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone and Chromebook.

YouTube videos can be entertaining but distracting. Some YouTube videos are age inappropriate. Blocking access to YouTube website helps you reduce distractions or keep your child away from inappropriate videos. Below is how to restrict YouTube access on Chrome browser:

 

Part 1. How to block YouTube on Chrome without extension

#1 Block YouTube on Chrome on Windows

To block YouTube on Chrome on Windows PC, you can use Cisdem AppCrypt-the best website blocker and app locker that enables you to completely block YouTube or a specific YouTube channel easily.

Steps to block YouTube on Chrome with password:

1. Download this YouTube blocker for Chrome on your PC. Install it.

Free Download Windows 11/10/8/7

2. When you open it for the first time, set a password.

set a password

3. Click its icon on the taskbar. Or right-click the icon and choose Open Main Window.

choose Open Main Window

4. Enter the password to access the main window.

enter the password

5. Click the Web Block tab. Click Install next to Chrome when prompted.

click Install next to Chrome

6. Under the Web Block tab, enter youtube.com in the URL field. Click Add.

add youtube.com into the URL field

Now Chrome won’t be able to open YouTube.

In step 6, you can also click the Import button and choose Video Sites. This way, all popular video websites including YouTube will be added to block.

Steps to unblock YouTube on Chrome

1. Open AppCrypt’s main window, which requires the password.

2. Go to the Web Block tab.

3. Select YouTube site from the block list.

4. Press the Delete key.

Also, you can temporarily disable the blocking of YouTube (and other blocked sites) by clicking Disable Web Block or quitting this tool (also require the password).

unblock

Tip 1. Block YouTube on Google Chrome for some time (rather than permanently)

If you want to restrict YouTube access only during certain hours, this YouTube blocker’s Schedule feature can help. Under the Web Block tab, select YouTube and click the clock icon next to it. Enable Custom Schedule and click Add Schedule to create a recurring schedule by specifying the specific times of the day and days of the week. It’s possible to create multiple schedules.

set a schedule for YouTube

This way, you can easily block YouTube only during school hours, or allow YouTube access only during some weekend hours. It’s very flexible and customizable.

Tip 2. Block YouTube channel on Google Chrome

If you only want to make certain channels inaccessible, then Click Web Block on the main window and enter the URLs of the unwanted channels to the Block list.

Tip 3. Block everything online except the allowed content

AppCrypt allows users to block all websites on the Internet except approved ones. To do that, enable the Block all websites button on the bottom left corner. Add certain sites that you allow to the Always Allow list. This way, you can completely keep away YouTube and undesirable videos (such as distracting, mature, explicit or violent videos).

Always Allow list

Get AppCrypt to effortlessly block or limit access to sites and apps!

 

#2 Stop YouTube from Chrome for Mac

If you spend most of your computer time browsing YouTube aimlessly, or if you are often distracted by YouTube while working at your computer, you will benefit from making YouTube inaccessible on Google Chrome on your computer. AppCrypt is also available for Mac.

1. Download and install AppCrypt on your Mac.

Free Download macOS 10.12 or later

2. The first time you open it, set a password.

3. Click its icon from the top menu bar. Choose Open Main Window.

Mac menu bar

4. Enter the password.

5. In the main window, go to the Web Block tab.

6. To block YouTube on Chrome on Mac, enter youtube.com and click the Add button.

add youtube.com to the block list

Now YouTube is blocked on Google Chrome (and all other popular web browsers on your Mac) permanently. The blocking is implemented whether you are in the normal browsing mode or the incognito mode.

 

#3 Restrict YouTube on Chrome on Android phones and tablets

Above is how to block YouTube on Chrome desktop without extension. Now let’s talk about Android devices.

You can watch YouTube videos on Android on the mobile version of youtube.com or on the YouTube app. If you spend a lot of time watching YouTube videos on Chrome for Android and want to stop your YouTube addiction, just block the site.

1. On your Android phone or tablet, open Play Store.

2. Install an app called AppBlock - Stay Focused.

3. Open it. Give the app permissions to control your phone.

4. Tap Add on the main window.

AppBlock 1

5. Now create a blocking profile for YouTube. Tap Time. To block YouTube site permanently, set the blocking to be applied for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tap Save.

5. Tap Add next to the Blocked apps & websites section. Go to the WEBS tab. Add youtube.com. Tap Save.

6. Toggle the Websites option to on.

7. Enter a name for this profile, say, Block YouTube. Tap Create.

AppBlock 2

Now YouTube is not available on Google Chrome and any other browser on your device.

 

#4 How to block YouTube on Chromebook without extensions

How do you restrict YouTube access on Chrome on Chromebook? If blocking YouTube for your kids (under the age of 13), you can set up Google Family Link. Using this method, you can easily keep your kids safe online and restrict website/app access through the Family Link app or directly on the families.google.com website.

1. Log in your child’s Google account on his Chromebook. Create one account for him if he doesn’t have.

2. Click the Notifications icon on the bottom left corner of your child’s Chromebook screen.

3. Click the Settings icon on the pop up window.

4. Go to the Privacy and security tab.

click Privacy and security

5. Scroll down to find the People section.

6. Click Parental Controls > Set up > Get Started.

7. Click Next on the next window.

set up parental controls

8. Click Yes when it asks: Is this the child you want to supervise? Click Next again.

9. Then log in your account on the next page. Agree to supervision.

10. Now your account is linked to your child’s and you can restrict him access to YouTube. Get Family Link app from the Play Store. Install and open it on your device. Sign in with your account.

11. Go to the People section. Go to Manage Other People. Select your child.

12. Click Manage settings > Google Chrome > Manage sites > Blocked.

13. Add youtube.com to block.

Now your child is not allowed to access YouTube on Chromebook. You can block other unwanted websites, set screen time limit, find his device location, and more with the help of the Family Link app.

 

#5 Block YouTube on Chrome on iPad and iPhone

If you are an iPhone or iPad user and need to stop your YouTube addiction, you can try making YouTube inaccessible on Chrome browser. It’s easy to do, and you don’t even need to look for a YouTube blocker. The solution is built in to iOS and iPadOS.

1. On your iPhone running iOS 12, iOS 13, iOS 14, iOS 15, iOS 16, or iOS 17, go to Settings.

2. Tap Screen Time and then Turn On Screen Time.

3. Tap This is My iPhone if it’s yours. If not, tap the other option.

4. Tap Use Screen Time Passcode. Set a passcode. If you are restricting YouTube for yourself rather than your child, you can ask a trusted person to set the passcode for you, making the blocking hard to bypass.

5. Tap App Limits and then turn on it.

tap App Limits

6. Tap Add Limit.

7. Scroll down the Choose Apps window to find Websites.

8. Tap Websites then Add Websites. Type the URL of YouTube site and tap Next.

click Add Websites and type in the URL of YouTube

9. Set the time limit to be 1 minute. Tap Add.

With this method, YouTube will be blocked in Chrome on your iPhone.

 

Part 2. How to use extensions to disable YouTube from Chrome

When it comes to blocking a website on Google Chrome browser, the first thing that comes to many people’s minds is using Chrome extensions. There are YouTube blocker extensions available, which are handy to install and use.

However, there is a disadvantage. One can easily get around blocked YouTube by removing the installed extension from Chrome browser.

I use an extension called YouTube Blocker to show you how such extensions work. This one is very easy to use and understand.

1. On your Windows, Chromebook or Mac computer, go to the Chrome Web Store.

2. Install YouTube Blocker offered by Boshra.

3. Open the Chrome browser. Click the Extensions icon on the upper right corner next to the address bar.

4. Select YouTube Blocker. Click Settings.

YouTube Blocker 1

5. Set a password. Then this password will be required when you or anyone else try to change settings. Click Set.

6. Set the Maximum amount of time that you allow yourself or your child to access YouTube. You can set it to 0 minute to block YouTube completely. Click Set.

YouTube Blocker 2

This step is optional: Go to Allowed Channels. Add some necessary YouTube Channels to the allow list.

After completing these steps, if you try to visit youtube.com on Chrome and open any channel, you’ll see a “This channel is not allowed” message.

YouTube Blocker 3

To unblock youtube.com, click the Extensions icon in Chrome’s toolbar. Click the 3-dot icon next to the browser. Then select Remove from Chrome. Click Remove.

 

Some built-in block settings of YouTube

How to block a YouTube channel on Chrome?

Some users don’t want to block YouTube completely on Chrome but instead block a certain YouTube channel. Some YouTube channels may have content that does not match personal interests and preferences, or that is not suitable for kids. And some channels may publish a large number of advertisements, spam or low-quality content, affecting user's browsing experience. To block these YouTube channels:

1. Sign in your YouTube account on Chrome.

2. Visit the YouTube channel you want to block.

3. Hover your mouse over the title of a video from this channel.

4. Click the 3-dot icon that shows up.

5. Choose “Don’t recommend channel” option from the drop down menu.

block YouTube channels

By following the steps above, you will no longer see content from this channel.

What is YouTube Restricted Mode for?

YouTube Restricted Mode is a built-in setting on YouTube designed to filter out mature or potentially dangerous content that are not suitable for younger audiences. Parents can enable this mode on kids account.

1. Open YouTube on Chrome browser and sign in.

2. Click the profile picture in the upper right corner of the page and select "Restricted Mode: Off".

3. Toggle the Restricted Mode on.

active YouTube restricted mode

How to block YouTube images, notifications, sound and more on Chrome?

You can block YouTube images, turn off notifications and mute the sound on Google Chrome browser.

1. Visit YouTube websites on Chrome.

2. Click the lock icon in the address bar.

3. Select “Site Settings”.

4. Scroll down to find Notifications, Images, Sound and more that you want to block. Select “Block” or “Mute”.

block YouTube images, notifications, sound and more

 

Conclusion

YouTube has been age-restricted certain content for years in order to make YouTube a safe place for kids, teens and young adults. Despite YouTube’s efforts, there are still mature, violent, explicit and other inappropriate videos. That’s why many parents want to completely block access to YouTube site on browsers like Google Chrome and to the YouTube app.

YouTube is on the list of the biggest workplace distractions. No wonder companies want to disable YouTube access on work computers for the sake of productivity. Many schools in the USA and the UK have already blocked YouTube on school-issued devices or their network, which makes this video-sharing site not available.

This article talks about how to block YouTube on Chrome desktop and mobile. I hope it’s helpful. YouTube doesn’t have a desktop app. The only way to access YouTube videos on computer is to use the website. Therefore, computer users only need to make youtube.com not accessible. Mobile users may also need to limit access to the YouTube app.

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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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  • Wolf-D. Schoepe

    Just want to get over my YouTube addiction. it works for me, thanks.

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