How Google helps provide an age-appropriate experience

Every day, we focus on keeping the people who use our products and services safer online.

We take special care on our products built for kids and teens, including offering options that are tailored to different ages.

For our other products, we have extra protections for kids and teens, such as easy-to-understand privacy resources, privacy-protective settings, and restrictions on certain types of content.

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Key changes for people under 18

When our systems indicate you may be under 18, we take additional measures to provide a more age-appropriate online experience. Some Google settings and features may work differently depending on applicable local law.

SafeSearch is turned on

SafeSearch is turned on automatically to help filter explicit content.

Ad personalization on Google Search & YouTube is not available

Ad personalization on Google Search and YouTube is not available.

Ad personalization on Google Search is not available

Ads you see on some Google sites and apps aren’t personalized based on your search history. Instead, ads may be shown based on info like your general area or the content of the website you’re visiting.

Ad personalization on YouTube is not available

Ads you see aren’t personalized based on your YouTube history. Instead, ads may be based on general information like the topic of a video you're currently watching and your general area.

Google may take other steps to help provide age-appropriate content and experiences.

Verify your age

For more options or to verify your age, you can sign in to your Google Account.

If you’re 18 or older, make sure your birthday is correct in My Account. In some regions, you can use a credit card or government-issued ID to verify your age.

Important: Google will never ask you to provide this type of information in an email or over the phone.

Government-issued ID verification

You’ll need to upload an electronic copy of a valid, government-issued ID that shows your date of birth. Most requests are reviewed within 24 hours. 

Your ID will be securely stored, won’t be made public and will be deleted after your date of birth is successfully verified.

Credit card verification

Important: This option is not available in some countries.

After we confirm that your credit card is valid, we’ll retain this data only as long as necessary to meet regulatory requirements for a credit card transaction.

If you use a credit card to verify your date of birth, you might see an authorization for a small amount on your account. This checks that your card and account are valid. Your card won’t be billed and the authorization will go away soon.

Tip: If your authorization doesn't go through, check if you’re using an invalid card or have provided incorrect information.

Related resources

Protect Your Identity Online

Get step-by-step visual guides on the tools and practices that will help you protect your personal information with Google's Online Security Guidebook.

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