How to Lock Screen on YouTube

April 2, 2024
David Sunnyside

There's nothing more frustrating than settling in to watch a video only to be distracted by accidental touches that close, skip, or pause the video. To help people focus while watching videos, YouTube is experimenting with an experimental new feature that blocks any touch or taps from affecting the video. It's only available to Premium subscribers at this time, but it could be a useful tool for parents who want to keep kids safe from cyberbullying or online predators.

Previously, YouTube users who wanted to lock the screen on their phone while watching videos had to use 3rd-party apps, which required multiple permissions and put their data and privacy at risk. The latest update to the YouTube app enables native support for this functionality, which can be enabled by opening any video in full-screen mode.

To enable the new screen lock feature, open any video in the YouTube app and press the side button or home button (if available). This will open a menu; select "Guided Access" to lock the display to that particular app. To disable the lock, triple-tap the screen to return to the main menu or tap "Back" twice to exit the app and regain full control of your device. To customize your screen-lock experience, visit Passcode Settings and set a custom lock code or use Touch ID to unlock the app with your face or fingerprint. You can also select the desired delay before your screen auto-locks and set a time limit for when you'd like to stop your session.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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