How to Block YouTube on Mac Easily: 4 Proven Methods

Rosa Reyes
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This article will show you how to block YouTube on Mac easily. YouTube is the most popular video sharing website with videos about almost everything. YouTube videos can be entertaining or useful or both. But they can also be addictive and distracting. Blocking YouTube and other distractions on Mac helps you become more focused and productive. The blocking also helps parents reduce children’s screen time.

There isn’t an official YouTube app for macOS, unlike for iOS and Android. To watch YouTube videos on Mac, you need to go to the YouTube website. So blocking access to YouTube is basically blocking youtube.com. That being said, some Mac users use third-party YouTube apps. This article shows the easiest way to block YouTube website and app on a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or iMac etc.

 

How to block YouTube on Mac in the easiest way

Applies to: macOS 10.12 Yosemite or later

For Mac users, the most effortless way to block access to YouTube is to use Cisdem AppCrypt, the best website blocker and app blocker for Mac. Unlike some other methods in the article, this one enables you to block websites on a Mac administrator account.

1. Download the YouTube blocker and install it.

Free Download

2. When you open the app for the first time, set a password as required.

set a password

3. In the menu bar, click the app’s icon and choose Open Main Windows. Enter the password when asked.

the menu bar

4. In the main window, click the Web Block icon.

the main window

5. In the URL box, enter the website youtube.com and click Add.

add youtube.com to block

Now YouTube is blocked on your Mac. When you try to open YouTube on your Safari browser or Chrome browser etc., the website won’t open, and you will see the message below.

the message

To unblock YouTube, you have 2 options. In the Web Block window, select youtube.com and click the red minus icon the minus icon. The site will become accessible right away. Or, you can temporarily unblock YouTube (and other blocked sites) by clicking Disable WebBlocker. Click Enable WebBlocker to continue the blocking.

Disable WebBlocker

The blocked youtube.com is hard to bypass due to the password. The password is required to unblock sites, access AppCrypt’s main window and any settings, quit AppCrypt or uninstall it, etc.

requiring password

To block YouTube from yourself to be more focused at work or study, you can ask someone else to set the password for you.

Tip 1. Block access to YouTube app on Mac

In the main window, click the Add App icon. From the Applications folder, select the (third-party) YouTube app and click Add. Now it’s locked. One needs to enter the correct password to open it. To unlock the app, select it and click the Remove App icon.

block access to YouTube app

Tip 2. Disable access to YouTube during certain hours

You have learned how to block YouTube on Mac permanently or temporarily with AppCrypt. You can also disable YouTube access based on recurring schedules.

In the main window, click Menu > Preferences. Under the Schedule tab, select youtube.com on the left and click the Add Schedule button. Specify times of the day and days of the week. Add more schedules if needed. For example, you can set it to prevent access to YouTube during school days and hours.

the Schedule tab

Tip 3. Effortlessly block YouTube and other video sites with 1 click

Instead of manually adding youtube.com to block, you can import the preset list of Video Sites. The list contains YouTube and many other video sites.

the preset list

If restricting video websites is not enough, make your Mac distraction free by switching from the default Block list mode to the Allow list mode. This way, all sites including https://www.youtube.com/ are blocked excluding the sites added to Allow list.

 

Other ways to block access to YouTube on Mac

Use Screen Time

Applies to: macOS 10.15 Catalina or later

Included with macOS 10.15 or later, Screen Time is useful and versatile. It can be used to completely block YouTube on Chrome Mac and Safari Mac.

1. On your Mac, go to System Preferences > Screen Time.

2. Go to Options. Turn on Screen Time and set a Screen Time passcode.

3. In the Screen Time window, click Content & Privacy on the left.

4. Click the Turn On button to enable Content & Privacy Restrictions.

5. Under the Content tab, select Limit Adult Websites.

select Limit Adult Websites

6. Click the Customize button that appears.

7. Under Restricted, click the plus icon (+) to add YouTube to the Restricted list. Click OK.

the Restricted list

To unblock the website, remove it from the Restricted list. Alternatively, enable Unrestricted Access (as shown in Step 5) or turn off Content & Privacy Restrictions (in Step 4).

Additionally, despite the name, Screen Time’s App Limits feature can help you put a time limit on YouTube on Safari.

Use Parental Controls

Applies to: macOS 10.4 Tiger - macOS 10.14 Mojave

Screen Time is not available on earlier macOS versions, whereas Parental Controls is provided. Below is how to use it to block YouTube on Mac. Note that the blocking can only be applied to the non-administrator user account.

1. Go to System Preferences.

2. Click Parental Controls. From the two options provided, select a desired one. Click Continue. Here I choose the first option.

3. Now create a new user account with parental controls.

create an account

4. Go to the Web tab. Enable Try to limit access to adult websites.

5. Click the Customize button.

6. Under Never allow these websites, add YouTube to the list. Click OK.

add YouTube to the list

If you want to make the YouTube app inaccessible, go to the Apps tab (in Step 4) and turn on Limit Applications on this Mac.

When you finish setting up, you can click the lock icon in the corner to prevent further changes.

Use Terminal

You can also block YouTube on Mac with Terminal. Terminal is the terminal emulator included with macOS. With this method, the blocking is done by editing your Mac’s hosts file, an operating system file.

1. On your Mac, open the Terminal app.

2. Type “sudo pico /etc/hosts”.

3. Enter your admin password.

4. Type “127.0.0.1” and then type “youtube.com”.

Terminal

5. Type “127.0.0.1” and then type “www.youtube.com”.

6. Use the Ctrl-O shortcut and then press the Return key.

Now YouTube is blocked. But it will still open in your web browser until you clear the cache. You can verify the blocking using your browser’s incognito mode (which is cache free).

How to unblock websites on Mac Terminal? Just delete the websites that you have typed.

This method is not recommended unless you are comfortable with the command line.

 

Bonus tips

In addition to showing you how to block YouTube on Mac, the article offers tips to help improve your YouTube experience or help make YouTube safer for kids.

How to block YouTube channels from appearing

YouTube recommends videos to users. But some recommended videos are unwanted or even inappropriate. YouTube provides an option to block specific channels from appearing again in your recommendations. Hover your mouse over the video thumbnail, click the three-dot icon and choose Don’t recommend channel. Note that you need to sign in to access the option.

There are also web browsers extensions designed to block channels on YouTube. You can easily find them in the Chrome Web Store and the Firefox Add-ons Store.

If you want to block access to certain YouTube channels (or videos), you can use Cisdem AppCrypt to easily get the job done. Just add the YouTube channel URL or video URL to the Block list.

How to block ads on YouTube

There is more than one way to block ads. For example, you can install an ad-blocking extension on your web browser. Or, you can get an ad-free experience by paying for the membership.

Also, there is an old and useful trick. Go to the YouTube website, open a video. Open the developer console and enter the following code. Press the Return key.

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=oKckVSqvaGw; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();

 

Conclusion

The article mainly talks about how to block YouTube on Mac Catalina, Big Sur and some earlier versions. YouTube videos are useful or fun to watch. But if you find yourself spending hours on YouTube, you know that you may need to block or limit access to it. Spending less time on YouTube and other addictive websites can help you become more productive in work, study or everyday life. You can also use these methods to block other unwanted websites on Mac such as Omegle, Facebook, etc.

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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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  • AnitaJM

    I think I'm addicted to YouTube. I spend hours watching YouTube videos everyday and can't stop myself. A YouTube blocker app is what I need. Hopefully I will spend my time more productively.

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  • Arathorn

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

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  • Serina

    very detailed article, this article recommends four solution to block YouTube, it is useful to me

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