What is YouTube Monitoring and what does it do?

With Qustodio, you can now track YouTube website and app activity generated on Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows devices. 
 

Whether you're a free or Premium user, Qustodio’s YouTube Monitoring feature allows you to:

  • See what videos your child watches on YouTube app and on the YouTube.com on Android devices.
  • See more detailed information on videos your child watches on YouTube.com on Mac and Windows devices.
  • View what your child searches for on the YouTube Android app and YouTube.com on Mac and Windows devices.
  • See what videos your child watches and what your child searches for on YouTube.com on iOS devices.


If you're a Premium user, you can also block or set limits on YouTube usage by visiting YouTube Monitoring in the rules section.

You'll find this feature in the new Family Portal and on Qustodio's Parent's App on your mobile device, and will be able to see YouTube activity from kids’ Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac devices.

Note: YouTube Monitoring Beta feature does not support YouTube App activity on kid's iOS devices.

How to activate YouTube Monitoring


After installing Qustodio on a device, YouTube Monitoring will already be active. You'll be able to see your child’s YouTube activity on their timeline.

Make sure you’ve installed the latest version of Qustodio on both your own device and your child’s device(s). This will ensure YouTube Monitoring is enabled and working correctly. 

Please note that YouTube Monitoring is compatible only with Android OS 6.0 and above. 
 

I’m a free user. How do I block or allow access to the YouTube website?


As a free user, you can block access to the YouTube website via the rules menu. To find out how to block websites, see this help article.
 

I’m a Premium user. How do I block or allow access to the YouTube website and app?


If you're a Premium user, you can block or allow access to both the YouTube app and website through the Parents’ App by tapping Rules > YouTube Monitoring.

And on the new Family Portal by tapping Rules > YouTube Monitoring 



In YouTube Monitoring, you'll see two switches: one for the YouTube website and one for the YouTube app (provided your child has an Android device).

Both will be set to ON by default, which means children can access both the YouTube app and website.

If you want to block YouTube completely, simply slide both switches to OFF. Children will no longer be able to access the YouTube app or website.

Note for iOS devices: blocking on iOS devices whether on the YouTube app or youtube.com will block access to both the app and the website (a single restriction will apply to both).
 

I’m a Premium user. How do I set time limits for YouTube?

Please note you can only set time limits on the YouTube app for Android devices, and not on the YouTube website. 
 

For this reason, if you want to set time limits for YouTube, we recommend you:

  1. Block the YouTube.com website.
  2. Allow the YouTube app and set a time limit.

In this way, children will only be able to access the app within your chosen time limits.
 



Note for iOS devices: Qustodio cannot report activity within the YouTube app, only on the youtube.com website. If you apply a daily limit for the YouTube app on an iOS device, this limit will be applied to the usage of the website as well. 

Where can I see what videos my child watched and what they searched for on YouTube?

 
Open the Parents’ App or visit the new Family Portal and go to your child's profile. Searches made and videos watched will appear on your child’s timeline like any other event.
 

How can I play videos that my child has watched?


You will see all YouTube events on your child’s timeline. Tap the event to see the option: VIEW DETAILS. From YouTube details, you'll see the videos your child has watched. Click the 3 dots below the video thumbnail to play the video. This function is available only for videos watched on the YouTube website.

What happens on the child’s Android or desktop device when I block the YouTube app or web?


When you block the YouTube app on Android devices, your child will see the default blocked page when trying to access the app.

Similarly, when you block the YouTube website, your child will see the default blocked page when they try to access it.
 

What happens on my child’s device when they reach their time limit? 


When your child reaches the time limit on the YouTube app, they will see the usual time limits page.