How to lock YouTube screen on iPhone, iPad, or Android?

iPhone users can use the Guided Access feature on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod to lock their YouTube screen. You can only run one Controlled Guided Access app at a time on your device, giving you control over which features are available.

If you allow your child to use your device, or when unintentional movements might distract you, you can turn on Guided Access. In this guide, we will take a look at how to lock YouTube screen on iPhone.

How do I lock my iPhone screen while watching YouTube?

While watching a YouTube video on your iPhone, you can lock the screen. The procedures are as follows:

  • Open YouTube in the Chrome browser by entering its URL, for example,
  • Navigate to the three dots at the top of play YouTube. These three buttons are usually displayed vertically in the right corner.
  • When you click this button, a list will appear. Find “Settings” in this list.
  • In the settings, there is an option “General”, which should be selected next.
  • After selecting the “General” option, select the “Accessibility” option.
  • Finally, the “Guided Access” feature is located in the “Accessibility” section.
  • Enable the “Guided Access” option.
  • Enter the passcode if you want to disable the lock feature.
  • After entering the passcode, your screen will automatically lock, and you can easily watch YouTube videos.
  • Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access.

You can also add the Guided Access feature right from your iPhone’s home screen.

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How to lock screen rotation on iPhone?

What happens if you don’t want the iPhone’s full screen to rotate whenever you move the device? Then you should use iOS’s built-in screen rotation lock (this tip applies to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch points). What you should do is:

  • The first time you open the Control Center, swipe up from the bottom edge of the iPhone screen (or swipe down from the top-right corner on iPad and iPhone X and later; the corner of the home screen).
  • Depending on the version of iOS you are using, the location of the screen rotation lock may vary.
  • It’s on the left, just below the first group of buttons in iOS 11 and later.
  • In iOS 7-10, it’s in the top-right corner.
  • Look for an icon that depicts a padlock with a curved arrow around it in whatever version you’re using.
  • Touch the rotation lock symbol to lock the screen in its current orientation. When the icon is highlighted in white (iOS 7-9) or red, you know Screen Rotation Lock (iOS 10-15) is enabled.
  • When you’re done, press the Home button or swipe down on the Control Center from the menu (or swipe up on iPad and iPhone X and later) to return to the previous app or home screen.

There are different ways to lock YouTube screen on iPhone, but you don’t need a third-party app (app-specific) touch lock app. You also don’t need premium subscribers.

How to lock YouTube screen on Android phones?

Screen pinning is a feature available on Android phones that can be used for any app, including YouTube. Screen pinning is a feature of the Android operating system that allows the user to lock the entire phone and only allow one app to run at a time. YouTube is one example of such an application.

By using this feature, children cannot use any other apps and instead can only use YouTube. The following are the steps you need to take to enable screen pinning:

On an Android phone, go to the Settings menu.

  • Select the “Security” option from the drop-down menu.
  • After that, select “Advanced” from the drop-down menu.
  • “Screen pinning” is an advanced feature that can be found in the advanced feature.
  • If you can’t find the “Pin Screen” option, it should show up as “Lock Screen & Security” on your Android device.
  • Activate the feature on your Android device.
  • Now sign in to YouTube and click the pin button to disable the app.
  • Screen pinning can be found under Settings > Security > Advanced.

YouTube playback through the Google Chrome browser on Android

The solution for the Google Chrome browser on Android is very similar to the workaround for the Mozilla Firefox browser. Watch the video in question by opening the Chrome browser, which must be pre-installed on your Android smartphone.

Even though you have locked your phone, the sound should continue to play.

However, due to the integration with Google, you can control the stop-and-play options from the lock screen, which is nice, if unintentional.

You must first make sure that Chrome is running in desktop mode on your Android smartphone if you want to complete this task.

  • Open the Google Chrome mobile browser and click on the three dots in the upper-right corner of the screen to open the menu.
  • Select “Desktop” from the drop-down menu that appears after clicking on it.
  • If checked, the page will reload and display a more prominent desktop-style website. If video playback is still interrupted when using the Browser in mobile mode, try this solution.

The worst thing is that if you use the browser in desktop mode, you won’t be able to adjust playback settings through the lock screen. However, it is desirable not to have a screen lock option at all.

Using the Musi mobile app

If Chrome doesn’t suit you, you can try the Musi app. You can remove ads for a small in-app fee, but otherwise, the app is free to use.

The Search tab allows you to search for videos to play on YouTube. While you can’t exit the app, you can lock it and the YouTube video will continue to play.

The downside of Musi is that you can’t play/pause videos from the lock screen. The app does not integrate with the music controls in the Control Center; it also doesn’t add the player to the lock screen. Every time you want to pause a video, you must first unblock YouTube and use the app.

Many “Screen Lock apps” are available on the Google Play Store for all Android and iPhone devices that allow users to lock the screen of any selected app, including YouTube. Install this application, then after agreeing to the terms, enable it on the device to disable the touch screen function.

How do I lock my screen when watching YouTube?

Turn on Touch Lock as soon as you start watching YouTube videos.

To turn it on, tap the notification icon. You can disable the touch lock when you are no longer watching a video.

How do I lock YouTube screen for kids?

YouTube Kids is a dedicated app for iOS and Android. Since the majority of screen time is likely spent on your child’s phone or tablet, this is the best place to start. Download the app from the App Store or visit

Tap the padlock icon in the bottom corner of any app page.

Complete the check and select settings. It’s important to keep this passcode private, so your kids can’t change their parental control settings later.

There you can block content, select content settings, adjust search options, pause their browsing and search history, and force only approved content to be included.

During setup, you’ll be asked if you want your kids to be able to view videos that have “automated systems select content from YouTube’s wider video universe” or if they should be limited to channels that have been “validated” by YouTube.

These settings are roughly what they sound like: an automated system uses Google’s machine learning algorithms to try and identify objectionable words, images, and other graphics in context to determine their suitability. But the algorithms are not perfect.

And “verified” channels are channels that have been viewed by a person on YouTube at least once, but that material is subject to change.

Given the number of hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, most of which are probably not suitable for a large number of children, the company cannot manually review each video.

If you are signed in to a Gmail account, you can save a customized selection of videos and channels. You can also create profiles for up to eight children.

And know, too, that if you choose to let your kids explore everything in YouTube’s kids’ video library, you can choose between two categories: videos for kids under 8 and videos for those older.

Using browsers to lock your YouTube screen

You can use browsers to play YouTube videos on both Android devices and iOS devices, and also have a screen lock feature.

Play through the Safari browser on iOS

While the last two recommendations were directed at Android users, this one is for iPhone and iPad owners who enjoy watching YouTube videos.

Find the video you want to listen to on the YouTube website using Safari, then follow these instructions to play it:

  • Safari can be accessed by clicking on the three dots in the top-right corner.
  • Select Desktop.
  • You can use the Safari web browser to access the desired video and then play it directly from the browser window. Even if you use Safari on your iPhone or iPad to play YouTube videos, the audio content should continue to play even if your device is locked.

iOS users should be able to perform the same task using the Mozilla Firefox web browser. In addition, the free Firefox browser should allow you to control video playback.

How to lock YouTube screen on an iPad?

In the previous section of this blog, we have already discussed how to lock the YouTube screen on iPhone and other Apple devices with the Guided Access feature.

You can use the same Guided Access feature on iPad.

Follow the simple steps below:

  • Go to settings.
  • Click on availability.
  • Set a password that your child cannot guess or learn.
  • Return to the “Accessibility” screen and make sure “Triple-Click Home” is selected for Guided Access.
  • Now go to the app or video you want to lick on the screen.

Did you know that in addition to using Guided Access on an iPad or iPhone, YouTube itself offers parental controls built-in?

Instead, you can create a YouTube Kids profile for your child.

When using YouTube Kids on their devices, signed-in parents can create a profile for their child. Only YouTube Kids’ profiles are compatible with the platform.

You can set parental restrictions for YouTube Kids and control what they watch on YouTube.

In the YouTube settings of the linked parent account, select Parental Settings.

How to unlock an iPhone screen after watching a YouTube video?

Press and quickly release the volume up button (play button). First press and hold the side button, then quickly press and release the book close button. Release the side button when the Apple logo appears on the iPhone screen. Be aware that instead of blocking the entire screen, you can also try reducing the touch sensitivity on touchscreen displays.


So, this is what you should know about blocking YouTube on iPhone. You can finally find some much-needed peace of mind, especially if you have kids. And don’t forget that you can use these technologies remotely on other devices as well.

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