How to turn Google SafeSearch on or off and understand what it blocks
Google SafeSearchis a filter that blocks inappropriate content from appearing when you search on Google.
- If you're a parent or network administrator, you may want to keep Google SafeSearch enabled on all your devices.
- SafeSearch can be turned on and off from the Google Settings menu on any device.
It's easy to find internet content that's educational and thought-provoking. On the flip side, it's just as easy to find content that's explicit or graphic, especially for children.That's why Google's SafeSearch feature lets you filter out search results that you might not want to see - or want your kids to see.
What is Google SafeSearch?
The feature is automatically turned on for all accounts owned by a user 12 years old or younger. If you're a parent who uses Google's Family Link app, the feature can only be turned off by you, not your children. Administrators of a school or workplace network can keep Google SafeSearch permanently turned on by mapping domains to forcesafesearch.google.com, though Google recommends that a tech-savvy person handle this process.
To learn more about locking SafeSearch on your devices, visit this Google Search Help page.
How to turn Google SafeSearch on or off using a computer web browser1. Log in to your Google account and navigate to the Google homepage. 2. Click Settings in the bottom-right corner.
3. In the pop-up, click Search settings.
4. Click the checkbox next to Turn on SafeSearch.5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and hit Save.
When the box beside Turn on SafeSearch has a checkmark, search results will be filtered. When it doesn't, you'll see all search results.
How to turn Google SafeSearch on or off using an Android
In the Google app for Android:
1. Open the Google app on your Android device.2. In the bottom-right corner, tap the More icon, which looks like an ellipsis.
4. Beside SafeSearch, slide the toggle switch to the left or right to turn the feature off or on.
In Google Chrome or another browser:1. In your web browser, go to the Google homepage and log in to your account.
2. Tap the Menu icon that looks like three horizontal lines in the top-left corner.3. Select Settings in the pop-up menu. 4. To turn SafeSearch on, tap the checkbox next to Hide explicit results. To turn it off, tap the checkbox next to Show explicit results.
5. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and hit Save.
On an Android TV:
1. On your Android TV's home screen, select Settings.2. In the Preferences section, click Search.
3. Select SafeSearch filter, and click On or Off.
How to turn Google SafeSearch on or off using an iPhone or iPad
Using the Google app:
4. If you're on an iPhone, on the next page tap the circle button next to Show explicit results to turn SafeSearch off. Tap the circle button next to Hide explicit results to turn SafeSearch on.On an iPad, there will be one checkbox next to Filter explicit results - check it to turn SafeSearch on and uncheck it to turn SafeSearch off.
5. Tap Save at the bottom of the page.
In a web browser:1. Go to the Google homepage and log in to your account. 2. Tap the Menu icon of three horizontal lines in the top-left corner.
3. Select Settings in the pop-up menu.
4. Under SafeSearch filters, tap the circle button next to Show explicit results to turn SafeSearch off. To turn SafeSearch on, tap the circle button next to Show explicit results.5. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and hit Save.
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