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How to disable YouTube on a Nintento Switch: Add a Custom CleanBrowsing DNS

If your kids are into gaming like ours, then you are undoubtedly familiar with Nintendo’s Switch gaming device.  Like all the other gaming devices, this system introduces an unfettered gateway to the web. Kids can easily access all forms of content, including YouTube. Some families prefer to disable YouTube on their kids devices, and with CleanBrowsing you can do that via the paid plans.

Note: You can limit what users can do on YouTube with our Family free filter. By default it sets YouTube to moderate. Moderate mode is the less strict mode, but blocks access to videos with possible violence, sexuality or adult content. It also blocks comments. Learn More

Disable Access to YouTube via DNS

The easiest way to block access to YouTube on your kids devices is via DNS. This section assumes you have not already created a unique profile in your account.

First, log into your account, and follow these instructions:

  • Navigate to Profiles
  • Create a New Profile (e.g., kids)

After creating a profile you’ll see a new entry under Profiles (3), this binds your account to a new set of DNS IP’s. This is what you’re going to use in the Switch.

Specifically referring to this row:

Note: When you first create the profile the IP to the right of the DNS IP’s will be blank. If you want to see the traffic in your profile you need to bind your local IP to that DNS IP range.

To bind the IP to the DNS IP’s, navigate to Your Network in your dashboard.

Once on the Your Network page:

  • Set your profile to the one you created (e.g., Kids) (2)
  • Enter the IP, we show your by default (3)
  • Click Add the IP to the DNS (4)

Now you want to disable YouTube for any users coming from the IP you just created and that are using the DNS IP’s assigned to the Kid profile.

You make this configuration in the Custom Domains section.

Once on the Custom Domains page:

  • Set your profile (e.g., Kids) (2)
  • Click the dropdown, and select your option (e.g., Blocked)

Now any device that comes from the IP you selected, using the DNS IP for the Kids profile, will have YouTube blocked.

Apply Changes to Nintendo Switch

To apply this to your Nintendo Switch navigate to the Network Settings. You do this by double tapping the System Settings on the home page:

Click on Internet

Click on Internet Settings

Select your Network (SSID)

Select Change Settings

Scroll down, click on DNS Settings, we are going to switch from “automatic” to “manual”

You will have to update the Primary and Secondary DNS. You do this by selecting each individually.

You will switch the 0.0.0.0 entries with the DNS IP’s from the Kid profile in your dashboard. The end result will look something like this:

Don’t forget to hit SAVE

Assuming everything is correct, when you open YouTube on your Switch you’ll be greeted with the following screen:

Bonus Tip: Once you have the profile configured you can add the new DNS IP to any device you want to follow the same rules. Example might be all your Kid devices, including laptops, mobile devices and desktops.

New Desktop Agent for Mac Supports Custom Profiles

We just released an update to our Mac agent that allows you to quickly configure your local DNS resolver to the CleanBrowsing IPs. It provides the ability to bind your machines IP to your paid account. This is especially important if you want to apply rules that your machines must comply with, even if they are not on your home network.

Accounting for Dynamic IP addresses with Paid Accounts

You want to download the latest installer from here: https://cleanbrowsing.org/download/CleanBrowsing-1.0.1.dmg

Follow the installation prompts, you will be greeted with the following screen:

You can see I have the Free Family Filter enabled on my device. You will also notice a new Custom Filter option. This custom filter options allows you to bind your local IP to the DNS resolver configuration in your CleanBrowsing paid account.

When you click on Activate next to the Custom Filter you’ll be greeted with the following screen.

To enable the feature you have to request a custom code from your account dashboard. Log into your paid account here: http://my.cleanbrowsing.org

There are four steps to make this work, three are in your CleanBrowsing dashboard:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Your Network
  2. Enter a name for your Device (e.g., johns_macbookpro), click Add Device
  3. Copy the url: https://mycleanbrowsing.org/dynip/[code]

Once you have the information, navigate back to your CleanBrowsing app and copy the new link into the input field.

Click Activate, and you should now be activated. It might ask you to allow the application to make changes, it’s ok – click “ok”.

This activation not only sets your local DNS resolver to your home / organization DNS resolver, it also create a local job that checks your IP and binds it to the DNS IP. This means you can now track all your traffic, whether you are on the network or not. This is a critical piece to ensuring that whenever the device is on the web it’s held to the same viewing standards you’ve set for your own network.

An easy way to check is to open your Network Settings and confirm the DNS IP is the same as what you see in your CleanBrowsing dashboard:

Please let us know if there are other features you’d like to see to make your network management easier.

Introducing a New Desktop Agent for MAC

We are excited to release a new agent for Apple Machines. This agent allows you to quickly set our Free profiles on any of your desktop / notebook devices.

You can access the agent here: https://cleanbrowsing.org/download/CleanBrowsing-1.0.0.dmg

Step 1: Download the DMG file

Clicking on the link here will automatically begin the download:

It will be downloaded to your default downloads folder (defined in your browser).

Step 2: Open DMG File

When you double click the DMG file you will see this prompt:

Step 3: Drop the App into your Applications Folder

This ensures that it’s readily available.

Step 4: Open the CleanBrowsing application

Navigate to your “Applications” folder, and double click the CleanBrowsing application

Step 5: Confirm the request to open

Because you are downloading from the web you will be asked to confirm the download. Proceed with “open”

Step 5: Configure Free Filter Profile

Now you choose one of the two available free profiles.

And that’s pretty much it.