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In general, age-restricted videos on YouTube aren’t visible to users who are logged out, are under 18 years of age, or have enabled YouTube’s restricted mode (also called safe mode).

When some video content doesn’t violate YouTube policies but is still classified as inappropriate for all audiences, the review team on YouTube will place an age restriction on the video and will remove the thumbnail.

What will result in an age-restriction according to YouTube? Here are some of the things YouTube consider for age-restriction:

  • Vulgar language
  • Violence and disturbing imagery
  • Nudity and sexually suggestive content
  • Portrayal of harmful or dangerous activities

 

If you stumble upon a YouTube video labeled as age-restricted, but still want to watch it, you must log in to your Google account and confirm that you are over 18 years of age.

However, there is a simple trick (or three) that will help you bypass the age restriction of any YouTube video even when you are logged out.

Here is a simple step-by-step guide on how to watch age-restricted videos on YouTube without signing in. Plus, this guide works on both computers and phones.

Watch Age Restricted Videos On YouTube: Using NSFW

 

Age Restricted Videos On YouTube

What does NSFW mean? NSFW is an acronym of Not Safe For Work that is used to flag content in a variety of online mediums including emails, discussion forums, videos, and websites. But did you know that NSFW can help you bypass content restricted by age?

 

STEP 1: Go to YouTube and open any age-restricted video.

STEP 2: Click on the URL link in the address bar on the top of the page.

STEP 3: Add NSFW before the youtube.com portion of the link. For example, the original link would be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoxilL8cFXs then is now https://www.nsfwyoutube.com/watch?v=UoxilL8cFXs

How To Watch Age Restricted Videos On YouTube

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Watch Age Restricted Videos On YouTube: Using Listen on Repeat

Just like the NSFW hack, adding repeat into the address bar allowing you to play restricted videos on YouTube without having to log in. You will need to add word repeat in a slightly different place, but it still acts the same way.

 

STEP 1: Go to YouTube and open any age-restricted video.

STEP 2: Click on the URL link in the address bar on the top of the page.

STEP 3: Add Repeat after YouTube in the address bar. For example, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoxilL8cFXs will be now… https://www.youtuberepeat.com/watch?v=UoxilL8cFXs

 

Watch Age Restricted Videos On YouTube: Using An Embed Word

The last URL hack, but this time, instead of taking you to another site, it works inside YouTube.

 

STEP 1: Go to YouTube and open any age-restricted video.

STEP 2: Click on the URL link in the address bar on the top of the page.

STEP 3: Remove the watch?v= in the URL and replace it with embed/. For example, you would take this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoxilL8cFXs and change it to https://www.youtube.com/embed/UoxilL8cFXs