How to Lock YouTube Screen on Android and iOS

Are you tired of accidentally pausing or interrupting your favorite YouTube videos? It can be frustrating when you touch the screen by mistake, causing the video to pause or play another video. Luckily, there is a simple solution to prevent these accidental touches and enhance your video-watching experience. In this article, we will guide you on how to lock the YouTube screen on both Android and iOS devices.

Accidental touches have become more common with the advancement of technology. Most smartphones now come with high touch sampling rates, which means they can detect and process touch input much faster than older phones. While we can try our best to minimize accidental touches, they will still happen. This becomes especially challenging when children are watching YouTube, as they may struggle to prevent accidental touches. That’s where locking the YouTube screen comes in handy.


Locking your YouTube screen prevents you from performing any actions within the app. It disables the option to play another video and prevents you from minimizing or maximizing the video. If a video is already playing, it will continue playing without interruption. This feature is particularly useful when you hand your phone to kids and want to prevent them from accidentally opening other apps, deleting files, or making calls.

How to Lock the YouTube Screen on Android

The standard YouTube app does not have a built-in feature to disable touches. However, thanks to Android’s versatility, you can enable this feature through third-party apps. Some Android skins come with a “Screen Pinning” feature that allows you to lock a specific app or screen. But for the majority of devices, you’ll need to rely on third-party apps. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to Settings and search for the “Touch Protector” app on the Google Play Store.
  2. Download and install the app.
  3. Launch the app.
  4. Grant the necessary permissions, including the “Display Overlay” permission.
  5. Familiarize yourself with the app by watching the tutorial video.
  6. Return to the app and close the tutorial video to access the option to disable screen touches.
  7. Launch YouTube and play any video.
  8. Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the status bar.
  9. Tap on “Touch Here to Lock Screen,” and you’re done.


The app also offers additional settings, such as unlocking the screen using the volume button. Feel free to customize it according to your preferences. Keep in mind that although we’re referring to YouTube in this article, you can customize the app to work with any other video streaming app. However, this feature is not recommended for games or apps that require constant touch input.

While the Touch Protector app is a reliable option, there are other alternatives available in the Google Play Store. If you’re tech-savvy, you can explore different apps and find the one that best suits your needs.

How to Lock YouTube Screen on iOS

Surprisingly, you don’t need to download a third-party app to lock the YouTube screen on iOS devices. iOS offers a built-in feature called “Guided Access,” which allows you to lock your phone to a single app. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Go to Settings on your iOS device.
  2. Scroll down to the Accessibility menu.
  3. Under General, tap on Guided Access.
  4. Enable the option.
  5. Set a passcode for Guided Access by tapping on Passcode Settings.
  6. Close the Settings app.
  7. Launch YouTube and play a video.
  8. To enable Guided Access on the current screen, quickly press the lock button three times.
  9. Tap on Guided Access when the pop-up message appears.


Now, you can enjoy watching YouTube without worrying about accidental touches. To disable the screen lock, simply press the volume button or the home button (if available) and enter the Guided Access passcode.


Locking the YouTube screen is a useful tip to prevent accidental touches and enjoy uninterrupted video playback. With the increasing use of gestures for navigation, it can be challenging to watch videos without inadvertently interacting with the screen. Additionally, this feature is particularly helpful for parents who want to prevent their kids from accessing other apps or making unintended changes on their phones. Keep in mind that this feature is most beneficial for YouTube Premium users, as locking the screen may prevent skipping certain ads without unlocking it.

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