How to Block YouTube on Mac: 4 Proven Methods

2020-04-13 05:29:07 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

This article talks about how to block YouTube on Mac easily. YouTube is one of the most popular video-sharing websites. There, you can find videos about almost everything. On the one hand, YouTube videos can be entertaining or useful or both. On the other hand, they can be addictive and distracting. Currently millions are working or studying from home due to the coronavirus. Blocking YouTube and other distractions on Mac can help you focus better and stay productive.

You can watch YouTube videos on Mac by visiting the website or through a desktop client. (Although YouTube doesn’t offer an official app for Mac, there are third-party YouTube clients/apps available.) The guide will show you how to block YouTube website, app and more.

The best way to block YouTube website and app on Mac

Applies to: OS X Yosemite or later, including macOS Catalina

You can easily block YouTube on macOS by using AppCrypt, the best website blocker and app locker for Mac.

  • Block any website on Google Chrome, Safari and more
  • Let you block websites by creating a blacklist or whitelist
  • Lock any app on Mac
  • Allow you to lock apps during certain times
  • Keep track of failed attempts to launch locked apps
  • Help reduce digital distractions
  • Can be used for productivity, privacy protection or parental control
  • Compatible with OS X Yosemite or later

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How to block YouTube website on Mac in 3 steps

Step 1. Download and install AppCrypt on Mac. When you launch it for the first time, you will be required to set a password.

set a password

Note: It’s recommended to use a strong, hard-to-guess password. Please read the warning before continuing.

Step 2. Click the AppCrypt icon in the menu bar. Select Open Main Window.

select open main window

Click the WebBlock icon in the toolbar, and the Preferences window will show up.

main interface

Step 3. Now, you are under the WebBlock tab.

  • Blacklist mode (default) Click the add icon. Enter the domain name Hit the Return/Enter key.add YouTube to block
  • Whitelist mode Switch to this mode by selecting Whitelist - Allow all websites above. This way, it will block all websites (including except a few that have been added to the whitelist.

The blocking will be applied to web browsers installed on your Mac such as Safari and Chrome and work with a Mac administrator account (and any other user account with the tool installed). Now let’s test it. Try to open You won’t be able to open any YouTube video or page! Instead, you will be presented with an image, as shown in the screenshot.

website being blocked

To unblock YouTube, there are two ways.

  • Select the domain name and click the minus icon.
  • Go to the menu bar. Click the AppCrypt icon and select Disable WebBlock, which will unblock youtube temporarily. To continue the blocking, select Enable WebBlock likewise.

How to block YouTube app on Mac in 2 steps

Step 1. Open AppCrypt.

Step 2. Click the Add App icon in the toolbar. From the Applications folder that appears, select the YouTube desktop client you are using. Click Add.

Alternatively, you can add apps to block by dragging and dropping.

add applications to block

From now on, when anyone attempts to open YouTube, it will prompt a window asking for password. If a wrong password is entered, it will make a record of the failure with date, time and photo.

To remove the blocking, select the app and click the Remove App icon from the toolbar.

To block YouTube for certain hours, navigate to the top right corner of the main window, select Menu > Preferences > Schedule and specify the days of the week and time of day. Click the Save button.

set a schedule

Here's a video tutorial.

Other ways on how to block YouTube on Mac

Use Parental Controls

Applies to: Mac OS X Tiger - macOS Mojave

This part will show you how to do the blocking by using Mac's Parental Controls. This feature allows administrator to add controls to other user account. You can use it to block apps and websites and set time limits. You can follow the guidance below.

Step 1. Open System Preferences. Select Parental Controls.

System Preferences

Step 2. Click the lock button at the lower left to unlock it and enter your administrator name and password. Click Unlock. Select an account to turn on this feature. Or, you can choose to create a new user account. After choosing an account, make sure Enable parental controls is checked. Click the Open Parental Controls button.

create user

Step 3. From the top tab option, click Web. Click Customize to allow or deny access to specific websites. Add to the Never allow theses websites list and click OK. You can add whatever website you want to block to the list.

add YouTube to the list

If there are some apps that you don’t want others to have access to, you can check Limit Applications to allow the user to open only the specified apps. After all these are done, remember to lock the button to prevent further changes.

limit applications

I visited many forums and websites where people also ask for how to block YouTube on Safari on Mac, how to block websites on Safari Mac without parental controls. If you have the same questions, I believe this program is a great choice.

Also read: How to Block Websites on Mac without or with Parental Controls

Use Screen Time

Applies to: macOS Catalina or later

It’s also possible to block YouTube on Mac using Screen Time. With the release of macOS 10.15 Catalina, the Screen Time feature is finally available on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, etc. macOS versions prior to 10.15 don’t support this feature.

Step 1. Open System Preferences from the Apple menu or Spotlight. Select Screen Time.

Step 2. Click Options in the bottom left corner. Click Turn on in the top right corner to enable the feature.

Step 3. In the same interface, select the checkbox before Use Screen Time Passcode and set a passcode.

Step 4. In the left column, click App Limits. Make sure to turn on the function.

Screen Time

Step 5. Click the add button and create a new app limit. Select the YouTube app you use. Set the time to zero minute. Enable the option Block at end of limit.

Step 6. Click the Done button.

How to block YouTube channels from appearing

How do I block YouTube on Mac? I've been searching how to do it, but I'm pretty bad with computers so I don't really understand how to. How do I temporarily block YouTube channels for free; Or is there a way to block YouTube app on Mac? ” ― From a Mac user who needs help

Step 1. Search for Internet browser extensions that block and unblock websites. You can enter keyword phrases such as Google chrome extensions to search it or directly go to chrome web store to search for extensions, which allow you to block and unblock YouTube channels. Here will choose the first extension - Video Blocker as an example.

block youtube channels chrome

Step 2. Click +Add To Chrome on the right side of the interface to add Video Blocker extension, and a small window will appear, click Add button to add the extension to your browser. After added the extension, you can go to Extensions of your Chrome. And you can click add button to type in the name of the channel you want to block.

video blocker extension to block YouTube channels

How to block YouTube video ads

If you are going to watch a YouTube video, you have to wait ads to be played. Or sometimes, when you are watching a YouTube video, an ad pops up on the video screen. How vexing it is! Though there is way to block these YouTube video ads, just follow below steps to block them.

Step 1. Open up a YouTube video.

Step 2. Open the developer console in your browser using one of the following keystroke combinations:

Chrome: “Ctrl-Shift-J” in Windows or “Command-Option-J” on Mac

Firefox: “Ctrl-Shift-K” in Windows or “Command-Option-K” on Mac

Step 3. Type the following code into the developer console “document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=oKckVSqvaGw; path=/;"; window.location.reload(); ”and press “Enter”. Then exit the developer console. Any YouTube video ads will be blocked.

how to block youtube ads script


Above are the common ways on how to block YouTube on Mac. Using Parental Controls allows you block the access to YouTube app and website, but you always have to change user account and type one after another website to the block list if you get many websites to block. Using Video Blocker helps you prevent certain YouTube channels from being available. With AppCrypt, you can block YouTube website and app on MacBook, MacBook Air, iMac and other machines. It allows one to effortlessly block YouTube for studying, for work or for parental control purpose. If you want to put a time limit instead of applying complete blocking, you can check out this guide.

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  • Arathorn

    I'm finding a software to block my YouTube App, AppCrypt is exactly what I want.

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Serina

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