YouTube Partial Filtering for Connect for iOS

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This article is intended for IT support. 


This feature will only work for iPadOS v14.6+ using Safari and Chrome and requires Man in the Middle (MITM) inspection.

Partial Filtering lets you selectively allow access to certain YouTube videos while blocking access to the rest of YouTube. To enable the YouTube Partial Filtering feature, you will need to:

  • Enable MITM for YouTube
  • Configure an allow policy
  • Configure a block policy


Enable MITM for YouTube

  1. Go to Configuration > Mobile Agent > On School Manager Network.
  2. Tick the MITM Enabled checkbox.
  3. Select Search for Website Category and then select:
    • Signature YouTube.
    • Signature Google Search
  4. Select Save.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for Off School Manager Network if required.


Creating the allow videos policy

  1. Go to Configuration > Objects > Pools > Add Pool.
  2. Type in a Name and select Website List.
  3. Add an entry with Name, Description and Entry as


This will allow the user to log in with their Google account and still be able to watch the videos.

  1. For the next entries, add all the video URLs you want to Allow (See Fig. 1).
  2. Go to Filtering > Content Filtering > Create Policy.
  3. Type in a Name (e.g. Allow - YouTube Videos - All).
  4. For Type, select the Custom Website List you made earlier.
  5. Select Allow.
  6. Select Save.


Fig. 1: Example of an Object pool with allowed YouTube videos.


Creating the block YouTube policy


If you already have a rule that blocks YouTube, you don’t need to create another one.

  1. Go to Filtering > Content Filtering > Create Policy.
  2. Type in a Name. (e.g. Block - YouTube - All).
  3. For Type, enter


Do not block the overall YouTube Signature, otherwise Chrome will fail to playback video clips.

  1. Select Block.
  2. Tick the Blocked Page checkbox
  3. Select Save.


Testing YouTube Partial Filtering

Once everything is configured, connect to your network as a student user and try to access:

  1. An allowed video, and
  2. The YouTube homepage (or another blocked YouTube video).

You should be able to watch the allowed video, while the YouTube home page should display your block page.


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