With Google Home app content filters, you can block explicit music and video content from YouTube and other music or radio services from playing on Google Nest and other Assistant-enabled speakers and displays. Parents can use these controls to limit which content their children can access.
Filters are part of the Google Home app’s Digital Wellbeing tools and can help you manage the use of your family’s speakers and displays.
Set up Filters
- Open the Google Home app .
- Tap SettingsDigital WellbeingSet up or Add device filter.
How filters work
You can choose whether filters affect everyone using your device, or just guests and children with a Family Link account. You can apply filters to a specific device or to all supported devices.
Important: Videos and other content can be accessed through news, podcasts and websites even if you turn on video and other content filters. For example, if you block videos but allow websites, people might be able to still access videos through websites.
- Allow any video: Your device will play all supported videos.
- Only allow filtered videos: Your device will only play videos from the video services that you choose.
- Block all videos: Your device won’t play any videos.
Important: Audiobooks and radio stations from services such as iHeartRadio and TuneIn are always available, regardless of your music filter setting.
- Allow any music: Your device will play all music.
- Only allow non-explicit music: Your device will allow you to choose from music services that can play non-explicit songs.
- Block all music: Your device won’t play any music.
- Allow news: Your device will play all supported news.
- Block news: Your device won’t play any news.
- Allow podcasts: Your device will play all supported podcasts.
- Block podcasts: Your device won’t play any podcasts.
- Allow calls: Your device can make any voice and video calls that it supports.
- Block all calls: Your device won’t make voice or video calls. This doesn’t block voice messages that you broadcast to your family or in your home.
Google Assistant answers
- Allow answers: Your device can respond with any supported answer.
- Restrict answers: Your device will only respond to basic queries like the time and the weather.
Actions on Google
- Allow all actions: actions are not filtered.
- Only allow family-friendly actions: you’ll only be able to use Actions for Families, which are appropriate for family members of all ages.
Important: This filter is only available on smart displays. If you link a supervised account for a child under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) to your smart display, the web may be blocked unless you allow websites.
By now you are probably familiar with YouTube’s Autoplay feature, spotted by us back in January. Autoplay basically plays the next video in the auto-generated YouTube sidebar playlist, except when playing your own playlists.
While this feature appeals to some users, others will want to turn it off. Here are several ways to do just that:
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A. Disable YouTube’s Autoplay using YouTube’s Autoplay On/Off settings
The simplest and most obvious method is by toggling Autoplay to Off right there on YouTube’s page. There are 2 places where you can do that, on both YouTube for desktop and within YouTube’s mobile apps:
1) (Desktop) At the top of the sidebar auto-generated playlist, as shown below.
1′) (iOS, Android) The same ‘Up Next’, followed by the Autoplay toggle, line appears on YouTube’s mobile apps, under the video currently playing, just above the auto-generated playlist with videos to be played next. Tap on the slider to turn off (or on) the ‘autoplay next video’ feature.
2) (Desktop) By clicking the Settings gear on a video. You will see a On/Off switch there for Autoplay.
While this method works in most cases, sometimes the settings won’t stick and after a few searches you’ll find yourself with Autoplay re-enabled. In this case, you’ve got the options below.
2′) (iOS, Android) In the YouTube app, tap the top-right profile icon, then Settings > Autoplay and toggle On or Off the ‘Autoplay next video’ option.
B. Disable YouTube’s Autoplay using Magic Actions for YouTube
Magic Actions works with Chrome, Firefox and Opera 15+. This extension/addon provides a lot more functionality than just turning off Autoplay, so check it out and see if this is what you need or not. If you want a simpler extensions for just turning Autoplay off, the next method will suit you better.
Here’s how to use Magic Actions to turn off Autoplay, step by step:
1) Install Magic Actions for Chrome, Firefox, or Opera 15+.
2) Head over to the Settings page and find the option to Turn off Autoplay, as shown below.
This will keep the Autoplay On/Off toggled to Off on YouTube. Even if you manually switch it to On, it will not work, it will stay Off. If you decide to re-enable Autoplay, it has to be done from Magic Action’s settings.
C. Disable YouTube’s Autoplay using a user script called “remove youtube autoplay”
First off, here’s the code inside the script:
Simplicity at its best.
Here’s how to install the script in Chrome, the easier way:
1. Install Tampermonkey. Tampermonkey will help you install the actual script.
2. Install the remove youtube autoplay script. Simply click Install on the page of the script and Tampermonkey installed in step 1 above will take over the install process.
Here’s the same installation in Chrome, but without Tampermonkey:
2. Right-click Install this script and choose Save link as, as shown below. This will save the small .js script on your PC.
3. Open Chrome’s extensions page at chrome://extensions (also accessible via Menu > More tools > Extensions).
4. Drag and drop the script saved in step 2 above, from your PC to Chrome’s extensions page.
5. Click Add.
You’ll notice Autoplay is no longer active on YouTube and the side Autoplay On/Off toggle from YouTube pages is also gone. The Autoplay On/Off toggle accessible via a video’s Settings gear (discussed above in method A, 2) is still present but sliding to On there will not work. If you wish to re-enable Autoplay, you must disable the remove youtube autoplay extension from chrome://extensions.
Here’s how to install the script in Firefox:
1. Install Greasemonkey or Scriptish. Any of these Add-ons will help you install the actual script. Use just one, not both.
2. Install the remove youtube autoplay script. Simply click Install on the page of the script and Greasemonkey or Scriptish installed in step 1 above will take over the install process.
Use Tampermonkey or Violent monkey and repeat step 2 from above.
D. Disable YouTube’s Autoplay using NextVid Stopper (Firefox only)
1. Install the NextVid Stopper for YouTube add-on. It does not require a Firefox restart.
That’s basically it. The add-on will display an icon in the upper-right toolbar and will be active by default, keeping Autoplay disabled. If you wish to re-enable the Autoplay feature on YouTube, simply click the NextVid Stopper’s icon or disable it entirely.
Any of these methods should help you disable Autoplay on YouTube. You’ll still be able to auto-replay a video if you wish – we have a tutorial for that as well: How to Auto Replay a YouTube video on Chrome, Firefox, Opera, plus the Android edition for looping YouTube songs.
Bonus tutorial: With the addition of the “Autoplay on home” tab feature for YouTube mobile users, we covered the straightforward procedure to disable this option or switch it to “Wi-Fi only”.
Whether you want to avoid disturbing content or preserve bandwidth, here’s how to turn off autoplay videos on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video.
Autoplay is maybe not as grating as auto tune, but it sure is annoying. Social networks have been quick to add the so-called feature to their offerings but it’s not always a welcome addition.
On mobile, the constant looping can eat into your data and drain your battery. Not to mention the embarrassment of an ill-timed video that springs to life on your phone. And then there are videos that have disturbing content that you might not want to see without a warning.
The good news is you can turn it off on major services. Here’s how.
You can turn off autoplay videos on Twitter.com or on mobile.
On Twitter.com, click the three-dot More menu and select Settings and privacy. Click Accessibility, display, and language > Data usage > Autoplay > Never, which will prevent videos and GIFs from automatically playing as you scroll.
On iOS and Android, click your profile and select Settings and Privacy > Display and Sound and uncheck Media previews.
Autoplay in Facebook means views views views, so the company is unlikely to turn it off.
On Facebook.com, click the downward-facing arrow on the upper right and select Settings & Privacy > Settings. Then on the left menu, select Videos and go to Auto-Play Videos. From the drop-down, select Off.
On mobile, navigate to Settings & Privacy > Settings. Under Media and Contacts, select Videos and Photos > Never Autoplay Videos.
Instagram does not provide the option to completely disable auto-play. But you can use less data, which is helpful for those with limited bandwidth each month. On mobile, go to your profile, select the hamburger icon on the top right and tap Settings > Account > Cellular Data Use and toggle Use Less Data to on.
When you open Instagram, the sound on autoplay videos is off. But if you tap the sound on for one video, every other video in your feed will also play sound until you tap your screen again. Once you close out of an Instagram session, the app is reset to silent for the next time you open the app.
Google is not one to give up any sweet, sweet video views, so it too has enabled autoplay on YouTube.com. To disable it, look for the small slider with a play icon. Click it to disable autoplay. On mobile, tap the video you’re watching and look for the same prompt; tap to toggle off.
Netflix has two ways to autoplay. First there’s that binge-feeding autoplay that happens with the next episode when you’re watching a series. Then there’s preview autoplays. To turn off both, you need to log into your account from a browser.
On the top right, click your profile icon and select Account. Scroll down to Profile & Parental Controls, select your account (if you have multiple profiles) and click Change next to Playback settings. Under Autoplay controls for [your name], make sure that Autoplay Next Episode in a Series on All Devices and Autoplay Previews on All Devices are unchecked. Click Save.
Hulu has lots of great offerings, but that doesn’t mean you want to watch them back to back.
On a web browser, while a show or movie is playing, click the gear icon on the bottom right and toggle Autoplay to off. On mobile, select your user icon > Settings > Autoplay and move the slider to the off position.
On a Roku, Chromecast, or other streaming device, select your user icon and then Settings. Under Autoplay, move the slider to the off position.
With the Next Up feature, a little box comes up at the bottom corner of the screen at the end of a TV episode, letting you quickly start the next episode. To turn off Auto Play, go to Account > Prime Video settings. Click the Player tab and click Off under Auto Play.