From click-baits to binges to spirals.
You think watching too much Youtube’s turning you into a zombie.
Now that you’re considering giving it up for good…
The 1st step is to remove your YouTube from your TV.
Keep reading to find out:
- 5 easy ways to remove Youtube from Smart TVs.
- 5 short how-to guides to restrict Youtube and other streaming content.
- 7 famous Smart TV brands and how to use their app removal and block settings.
- And a lot more…
How to remove Youtube from Smart TV – 5 steps
Removing Youtube from your Smart TV seems like an extreme measure.
Like finally cutting off what’s toxic in a relationship.
But it may be closer to the truth for some.
According to this study, Youtube ranked as the 2nd most popular social network.
But it’s hardly the most useful.
Moreover, Youtube deletes millions of videos each year for violating community guidelines.
Not to mention the increasing number of annoying ads that you can’t skip.
So, whether your reason for removing Youtube is to clean up your Smart TV…
Or something deeper, like your peace of mind…
I’m here for you.
Here are some simple ways to remove Youtube from your Smart TV.
And a special treat to you skimmers out there…
I’ve divided them according to brands for an easy search:
- Go to the Home screen.
- Find your applications at the bottom.
- With your remote control, click on the 3 horizontal lines (or the hamburger icon).
- Choose Apps.
- Find Youtube and pick “delete.“
- Go to the Home screen.
- Find Youtube.
- Using your remote, open Youtube’s Options menu by clicking the asterisk icon.
- Click on “Remove.“
- Click the small house icon on your remote.
- From the main menu, scroll through the apps at the bottom.
- Find the white pencil icon.
- Choose the Youtube app.
- Click the Up button to choose the “x.”
- When the “x” changes into a tiny face, press “OK” on the remote.
- A prompt will ask if you’re sure you want to delete Youtube.
- Click on “OK.”
Some more sugar for LG users, here’s a visual guide for removing apps from your LG TV:
#4: Toshiba: Fire Edition
- Go to “Settings.“
- Select “Manage Installed Applications” in applications.
- Find the Youtube app.
- Select “Uninstall.”
- From your TV’s Home screen, choose “Apps.”
- Go to the “Google Play” store. You may need to log in.
- Choose “My Apps.”
- Select Youtube and click on “Uninstall.”
Note: If you change your mind, you can reinstall apps at anytime.
Recommended reading: 5 Easy Steps To Install Android Apps on Roku TV
Can I block Youtube from my Smart TV?
You can block Youtube from your Smart TV.
But this action needs a TV PIN in some brands.
So if your TV requires one, you need to set one up if you don’t have it.
You see, the TV PIN makes it difficult for anyone without the code to bring back an app you’ve blocked.
It’s very helpful in keeping naughty hands away.
That’s because they need your permission before unblocking Youtube.
Now, the following steps are the same for blocking other apps as well.
But these steps vary from brand to brand.
And the following brands have a straightforward method of blocking apps. Let’s take a look:
- On your Home screen, select “Apps.”
- Click on the Settings icon.
- Next, click on “Lock” for the Youtube app.
- Finally, enter your TV PIN and select “Done.”
- On the remote control, click on the “Smart” menu button.
- Click on Settings and then Lock.
- Choose “Application Lock.“
- Find Youtube from the list of applications.
- Click “OK.“
In the meantime, the brands Vizio and Hisense aren’t as simple.
You need to find their TV’s “Parental Control Settings” first before you can block an app.
- Click the “Menu” button on your remote control.
- Find the “Parental Control” menu.
- Look for the Block icon.
- Choose Youtube from the list.
- Click on “Access Code” to create a password.
- Re-enter the password and click OK.
- Go to the menu using your remote control.
- Click the “Quick Setup Menu.“
- Use the right arrow to go to the full menu.
- Click on “System.“
- Select “Parental Controls.“
- Click the OK button on the remote.
- Enter PIN.
- Wait for the color to change from gray to highlighted.
- Choose “Locks” and click OK.
- Click on “App Restriction.“
- Choose “Youtube” and block it.
Note: This could be the same procedure in all Hisense models. But if it’s different from yours, you should check the manual and go from there.
You need to do a lot more to block Youtube on a Sony Smart TV.
Before you can adjust block settings, you need to set up a new User Profile first:
- Choose “Settings” on the TV menu.
- Find “Personal” and click on “Security and Restrictions.“
- Make a “Restricted Profile.“
- Create a PIN and select the apps you want the new profile to have access to.
- Click “Back,” and you’re done.
You may also be interested in: 15 Best LG Smart TV Apps (Free & Paid List)
“Are there other ways to restrict Youtube?”
A lot of parents ask this question.
As you know, verbal restrictions on children don’t work 100% of the time.
Besides, a parent can’t always be around.
So they might not be there when mature content pops up on Youtube’s recommended videos.
Lucky for you, Parental Control Settings have other features.
It can do more than password-protect.
So, you have other options in controlling access.
Here are quick how-tos in using them:
Samsung’s ratings lock
- Go to Settings.
- Find Broadcasting.
- Click on “Program Rating Lock Settings.”
- You can choose what rating categories you want to restrict.
Note: Videos that have higher ratings will require your PIN before playing. You can also do this for movies and TV shows.
LG’s safety mode
- Access Home.
- Go to Settings.
- Then click on Safety.
- Turn it on.
Note: Feel free to customize your Safety Mode to your preferences.
You can follow the same steps for blocking Youtube.
You’ll find more options in the Parental Control menu.
Also, you’ll have the same option as Samsung’s ratings lock.
Sony’s restricted profile
See the steps for Restricted Profile above.
For households with children of different ages, they set up individual profiles.
This feature allows you to limit the content across different age restrictions.
But most apps have built-in Parental Control Settings.
In fact, most streaming services have them.
This certainly is a chore over adjusting your settings for the whole TV.
But as a parent, you deserve to have all your bases covered.
So you can rest easy knowing that your children can’t access mature content.