How to Limit YouTube Time on Mac on Safari and Chrome

2020-03-18 23:40:45 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

This article talks about how to limit YouTube time on Mac on Safari and Google Chrome. YouTube is undoubtedly the most popular and most visited video-sharing platform. Many people spend hours on YouTube per day. How do I spend less time on YouTube? Can I limit YouTube time? The guide below will show Mac users how to set a time limit on YouTube.

How to limit YouTube time on Mac on Safari (macOS Catalina only)

  • If you are using macOS 10.15 Catalina, then it’s easy to limit YouTube time on your Mac. Please just read on to find out how to do it.
  • If you are using macOS 10.14 Mojave or earlier and want to set time limit for YouTube for your children on Safari, then you can try blocking YouTube temporarily or limiting time spent on Safari on Mac.

There are official YouTube apps for iOS and Android. The apps come with parental control options to limit YouTube time. However, YouTube doesn’t provide a desktop app for Mac, let alone such options. To watch YouTube videos on Mac, one needs to visit the website youtube.com. As a result, to limit YouTube time on Mac, one can set a time limit for youtube.com access.

How can I set time limits for websites such as youtube.com on Safari for Mac? Just use Screen Time!

With the release of Catalina, Apple brings the Screen Time feature to macOS. Screen Time was previously only available to iOS. It allows Mac users to limit access of websites (and usage of apps) with time limits.

Note: When you set time limits on websites on Mac using Screen Time, the limits will ONLY apply to Safari, the default web browser included in macOS.

Steps to limit YouTube time on Mac on Safari

Step 1. On your Mac with macOS Catalina, go to the top left corner of your screen, open the Apple menu and select System Preferences. Click Screen Time.

Alternatively, you can open System Preferences using Spotlight.

open Screen Time

Step 2. In the Screen Time main interface, click Options in the bottom left corner. Click the Turn On button to enable Screen Time on your Mac.

turn on Screen Time to limit YouTube time on Mac

Step 3. In the sidebar, click the App Limits.

open App Limits

Click the add button, and the Create a new app limit window will appear. Scroll down to the end and expand the Websites option.

Create a new app limit

Step 4. Click the green add icon green add icon that appears. Enter the domain name youtube.com. Hit the Return key.

add website to set time limit

Step 5. There are to options to limit YouTube time on Mac.

  • Every Day: With this option, you can specify the amount of time per day during which youtube.com is accessible, regardless of the day of the week.
  • Custom: You can also customize the amount of time for each day of the week. Click the Edit button and set daily time limits. Click Done. For example, you can increase YouTube time limit on weekends.set time limit on YouTube on Mac

Step 6. Click Done.

You can use Screen Time and the same steps to set time limit for any website.

Tips

How to edit or remove time limits

It’s easy to change the time limit you have set on YouTube. Go to Screen Time > App Limits. From the list of limited websites (or apps or both), select youtube.com. Click the Edit Limit button in the lower right part of the interface and make modification. Tor remove the limit, select the website and click the minus icon.

How set Screen Time passcode to prevent changes by others

If you want to set the time limit for your children, you can set a passcode. This way, you can prevent others from changing YouTube time limit setting. In Screen Time, click Options. Select the box next to Use Screen Time Passcode, which will bring up a new window. Select an option based on your preference. Click Next. Set a 4-digit passcode and confirm it.

turn on Screen Time to limit YouTube time on Mac

How to limit YouTube time on Mac on Chrome

To limit YouTube watch time on Mac on Google Chrome, you can use Chrome extension Block Site provided by blocksite.co.

Step 1. Go to the Chrome Web Store. Search for Block Site. Click Add to Chrome, which will bring up a pop-up message. Click Add extension.

Step 2. Once the extension is installed on your Chrome, its icon Block Site icon will appear on the browser's toolbar. Click the icon.

When you use the extension for the first time, it will provide instructions to guide you on how everything works.

Step 3. To limit YouTube Time on Chrome on your Mac, enter youtube.com in the Enter a web address field. Click the green add icon on the left. Now you can find the website in the BLOCKED SITES list.

youtube.com added to the list

Step 4. Click the gray Schedule button in the top right corner. You can set the start time and the end time by select the time from the list or manually enter a time. Click Add interval to add a period of time. Click Set Schedule.

set up time limit schedule for youtube.com

By default, the limit will apply to everyday of the week. You can change it in the SELECTED DAYS section.

Tips

How to change or delete the YouTube time limit you set

Click the Schedule button. In the Set up blocking schedule window, you can make changes or remove the schedule you've set.

How to set a password

By setting a password, you can prevent others from accessing your Block Site options. Also, it will require password to access blocked websites. For example, if your children try to visit youtube.com when time limit is up, they will need to enter the correct password (which they don't know). From the sidebar, click Password Protection. In order to set the password, you need to register with email address.

Bonus Tip 1: How to block YouTube temporarily or permanently on Mac

To limit YouTube time on Mac, one can also block the website temporarily using an app called AppCrypt. The advantage is that the app can apply the blocking to both Safari and Chrome.

Step 1. Download and install AppCrypt. When you open the app for the first time, it will ask you to set a password.

set a password

Step 2. Click the WebBlock button in the main interface, which will bring up the Preferences window.

Under the WebBlock tab, add youtube.com.

enter youtube.com

You can end the block and enable access to YouTube with one click. Click the AppCrypt icon in the menu bar on your Mac and select Disable WebBlock. Enter your password. To block it again, just click the said icon and select Enable WebBlock. You can easily block youtube.com temporarily or permanently.

Bonus Tip 2: How to limit Safari time on Mac

Another possible way to limit YouTube Time is to limit time spent on Safari, Chrome or any other browsers installed on your Mac. To do this, one can also use AppCrypt, the best website blocker and app locker for Mac.

Step 1. Open AppCrypt.

Step 2. In the app, click the Add App button in the toolbar. In the Finder window that appears, from the Application folder, add the web browsers to which you want to set time limits. Click Add.

Alternatively, you can also add apps by dragging and dropping.

Step 3. Click the Menu icon in the top right corner and select Preferences. Under Schedule, click the add icon to add time limit to the locked browsers. Click Save to save your settings.

set time schedule

This way, one can limit time spent on web browsing (including YouTube watch time) for children.

Conclusion

Above are the common ways on how to limit YouTube time on Mac. You can limit the website for the sake of self-discipline or for parental control purpose. Thanks to the introduction of Screen Time in macOS 10.15, it’s possible to impose time limit on youtube.com and other websites. If this method doesn’t work in your situation, you can try the other ways mentioned in this article.

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