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Google recently forced my legacy YouTube account to merge with my Google Account without confirmation. Due to this, I cannot see YouTube comments by default because I prefer enabling Safe Search (strict) on my Google Account. Google mentions how Safe Search and Safety Mode are connected here.

YouTube Help: Disable or enable Restricted Mode

Is there any workaround that allows me to view comments by default but also keep Safe Search enabled? Creating a new YouTube or Google account don't seem feasible because of how much data (playlists/subscriptions, gmail account) I have entrenched in the services. It would also be a pain to have to keep swapping accounts just to search and watch videos.

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The help page you link to no longer has any information on a linkage between "Safe Search" and "Safety Mode". It only talks about "Restricted Mode" on YouTube. It would appear that the two have been disconnected. – Al E. Jan 5 at 14:26

Lock Safe search then disable Safety Mode. You will find that Safety Mode can be disabled while Safe search is locked and it won't be disabled.

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I hope this helps. – Cecil Reefi Mar 6 '15 at 7:02

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