How to Block YouTube on Mac: 4 Proven Methods

2019-11-01 01:39:24 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

This article talks about how to block YouTube on Mac. And hopefully it can be helpful.

With 1.9 billion users worldwide (as of 2019), YouTube is one of the most popular video-sharing platforms. You can find videos about almost everything, ranging from music and sports to fashion and news. On the one hand, YouTube videos can be entertaining or educational or both. On the other hand, they can be addictive and distracting. Also, some YouTube videos and channels contain content inappropriate for kids or teenagers. As a result, we may want to block YouTube on Mac sometimes.

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

The best way to block YouTube website and app on Mac

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

  • Lock any system and third-party apps on Mac
  • Can lock apps during certain times
  • Block any websites on Safari, Google Chrome, etc.
  • Allow you to create a blacklist or whitelist
  • Provide a report of any failed attempt to access locked apps
  • Help reduce distractions
  • Help protect kids from inappropriate content online
  • Support OS X Yosemite or later, including macOS 10.15 Catalina

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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 WebBlock in the top right corner of the main interface, which will bring up the Preferences window.

main interface

Step 3. Under the WebBlock tab, click the add icon in the lower left part of the window. To block YouTube on Mac, enter the domain name It’s that easy.

add YouTube to block

Once the website is blocked, the web browser on your Mac won’t be able to open any YouTube videos or pages. To unblock YouTube, select the domain and click the minus icon.

Tip: By default, this app will block websites based on the blacklist you create. You can also block with the Whitelist feature. If Whitelist is enabled, one will only be able to visit the websites on the whitelist.

How to block YouTube app on Mac in 2 steps

Step 1. Open AppCrypt.

Step 2. Click the Add App button in the toolbar. Add the YouTube desktop client you use on your Mac. Alternatively, you can add apps to block by dragging and dropping.

add applications to block

When you try to open YouTube next time, AppCrypt will request you to input password. If you want to remove the password protection, select the app and click the Remove App button.

Tip: If needed, you can choose to block YouTube app on Mac for a period of time. In the top right corner of the main interface, choose Menu > Preferences > Schedule. Specify the days of the week and time of day. Click the Save button.

set a schedule

Preferences & settings

  • Under General, there are 4 options. If you select the checkbox before Capture photo with failed attempt. It will take picture of anyone who tries to open the locked apps and enters the wrong password. You can also set shortcuts to open the main window and enable/disable the WebBlock feature.general settings
  • Under Password, you can set a new password.change password

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Others ways on how to block YouTube on Mac

Use Parental Controls

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

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. To get started, you need to turn on Screen Time for your Mac. Select the checkbox next to Use Screen Time Passcode.

Step 2. Click Options in the bottom left corner of the main window. Set a passcode.

Step 3. In the left column, click App Limits. Make sure to turn on the function.

Screen Time

Step 4. Click the add button and create a new app limit. Select the YouTube app you use. Enable the option Block at end of limit.

Step 5. 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. Using the developer console allows you to block all YouTube video ads for free, but it can't block YouTube app nor the website. With AppCrypt, you can block YouTube app and website on Mac effortlessly. It is the simplest and safest method.

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  • Arathorn

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    3 years ago REPLY
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