How to Lock YouTube Screen on iPhone and Android [Guide]

It is annoying when we accidentally touch the screen while watching a YouTube video, and the next thing we see is that either another video is playing or some other action has triggered pausing the playing video. And to avoid accidental touches, we can lock the screen while watching anything on YouTube. Here is how to lock YouTube screen on iPhone and Android Phones.

As a parent of young kids, there have been times when you might have handed over your phone to your kids to watch content made for them. However, when you get the phone back you either have too many apps open, some other video being played on YouTube, your apps placed everywhere, or maybe even might have got deleted. This can get very annoying.

If that’s the case you can fix this problem right away! Yes, there indeed is a way to lock your device’s screen when your kid is watching a YouTube video or for that matter any video on any platform. Whether you use an Android or use an iOS device, you can lock the screen.

So whatever be the reason behind your decision to lock screen during YouTube video, you can follow this detailed guide. We have listed the steps that you can follow to lock the screen for Android and iOS devices separately. Read through the ones that are applicable to you.

How to Lock YouTube Screen on Android

Since most phones nowadays come with touch capability, accidental touches are likely to happen in Phones. In Smartphones, Android and iOS devices are the most popular. Using an Android device? Well, you can now easily lock the YouTube screen. Just follow these simple steps. This will work on almost any Android device no matter what version of Android your device is running on. We will be using a third party app as there is no in-built option available for locking and unlocking the touch of the device easily.

Download Touch Blocker

  1. Launch the Google PlayStore on your Android device.
  2. Tap on the Search bar at the top of the app and type in Touch blocker.
  3. The app will have a blue icon with a white lock inside it.
  4. Once you find the app, now tap on the install button.
  5. Next, tap on the button that says Open. The Touch blocker app will now be launched.
    How to Lock YouTube Screen on Android

Setup Touch Blocker App

With the app installed and open, it’s time to adjust a few settings in order for the app to work properly.

  1. First tap on the toggle that says Enable Notifications. You need this so that you can easily enable or disable to screen lock when watching YouTube.
    How to Lock YouTube Screen on Android
  2. Next, you can adjust the other settings such as what is to be done when you have incoming phone calls, etc.
    How to Lock YouTube Screen on Android
  3. In order to unlock the screen lock, you can select the toggle that says to press the lock icon twice to unlock. Another option will be to disable it from the Notification panel.
    How to Lock YouTube Screen on Android

And this is how you can set up the screen lock on your Android device. To activate the screen lock, launch the YouTube app and play the desired video. Now, swipe from the top to open the notifications panel. Simply tap on the Touch blocker notification and the screen lock has now been activated.

How to Lock YouTube Screen on iPhone

Thankfully, in the case of the iPhone, you don’t have to install or download any third-party apps. iPhones come with a Guided Access feature which we will be using in this guide. You can follow these steps to enable the screen lock for YouTube on your iPhone.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone from the home screen.
  2. Scroll down and select the Accessibility option.
    How to Lock YouTube Screen on iPhone
  3. With the Accessibility menu open, scroll and tap on the Guided Access option.
    How to Lock YouTube Screen on iPhone
  4. Tap on the Passcode Settings > Set Guided Access Passcode.
    How to Lock YouTube Screen on iPhone How to Lock YouTube Screen on iPhone
  5. You will be asked to enter your passcode twice. Once you have done that, close the Settings app.
  6. Launch the YouTube app and play your desired video.
  7. While the video is playing press the lock button thrice. If your iPhone has the home button, press the home button thrice.
  8. A message will pop up on your screen. Tap on Guided Access.
  9. The screen will now be locked and you can watch YouTube with the screen lock enabled.

In order to get out of the screen lock from your iPhone, either press the lock button or the home button (if your iPhone has the home button) and enter the passcode that you were asked to create for guided access. Once the password has been entered, your screen will now be unlocked and you will be able to use the screen like you normally would.

Can you Lock YouTube Screen on the PC

You would be interested to know whether you can lock the Youtube screen on PC too. Well, here we are going to share the answer which can help you with your queries or doubts.

The short answer is going to be NO as browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge, and other browsers don’t support locking YouTube. Since on PC, there are fewer chances for accidental touches or clicks, locking YouTube isn’t going to be your priority. In case a working method is found we will try to share it with you in this article or through a new guide.

YouTube Tip

If you want to prevent accidental touches you would also want to turn off the auto-rotate. If the auto rotate or orientation is enabled, you can disable it on your iPhone and Android phone. For more YouTube tips, you can follow this tag.

Lock YouTube Screen

Locking YouTube screen on Android is possible through third-party apps. And iPhone users can use Guided Access. And for PC, you won’t be able to lock the screen as you will be using YouTube on a browser.

And this concludes the guide on how you can lock the Youtube screen on your Android as well as your iPhone. We hope this guide has helped you understand how to lock the screen on YouTube or even on any other video platform app when handing the device to your kids. In case of questions or queries, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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By Joshua D'souza

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