Love to occupy your little ones with YouTube Kids, but hate subjecting them to all the ads? It's your lucky day.
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YouTube's Kids app now works with Red, the $10 monthly subscription service introduced in October that lets you watch YouTube without ads, save videos for offline viewing, and play videos in the background.
"Let your kids learn and laugh along with their favorite characters without paid ads," YouTube Product Manager A.J. Crane wrote in a blog post announcing the new integration, which is available in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. The service also lets you "keep family sing-alongs going while you use other apps on your phone."
To get started, head over to the parental controls section of the YouTube Kids app, sign in to your Red account, and follow the steps on the screen. If you've been meaning to try YouTube Red, head here to get your free 30-day trial.
Meanwhile, some other YouTube Kids updates are on the way.
"Over the next few months we'll be making some changes to the app that'll give parents more choice on how to customize the content that appears or doesn't appear in their YouTube Kids experience," Crane wrote. "Until then, we hope you and the family enjoy YouTube Kids with YouTube Red benefits."
The kid-friendly version of YouTube, which launched on iOS and Android in February 2015, incorporates family-friendly content and parental controls, featuring larger images and voice search. Content sources include DreamWorks TV, Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club, Talking Tom and Friends, National Geographic Kids, Reading Rainbow, and Thomas the Tank Engine.
After some complaints about in-app advertising, Google added two new features: a "just for parents" section to help adults learn how the app works; and the option for a customized passcode.