Change your profile's search results setting

When someone uses a web search engine (like Google.com) to search for you, they may see your Google+ profile in their search results.

If you want to make it harder for people to find you through search engines, you can change your profile's search results setting.

Choose if your Google+ profile is crawled by web search engines

You can use your Google+ settings to change whether or not web search engines crawl your profile page.

Important: Changes you make to your search results setting may be reflected across web search engines at different times. It depends on when each web search engine crawls your profile page.

Android app/iPhone/iPad app

You can't change your search results setting using an Android or iOS app just yet. Please use a computer or mobile browser.

Computer
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the upper left corner, click the drop-down menu .
  3. Click Settings > scroll to "Profile."
  4. Check or uncheck the box next to "Help others discover my profile in search results." Tip: If you're using Google+ for work or school, next to the box it will say: "Help people outside my organization find my profile in search results."
Mobile browser
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the upper left corner, touch the menu icon , then Settings.
  3. Scroll to "Profile," then touch the toggle switch next to "Help others discover my profile in search results."

Using Google+ for work or school?

The person in your organization who manages your Google Apps account (system administrator) can choose whether or not your profile page is crawled by web search engines. If you don't like what they chose, you can change the setting.

Your Google Apps administrator can also make an internal directory available that includes the names and email addresses of the people in your organization. Important: If the directory (Contact Sharing) is turned on for your organization, people in your organization can easily find your profile regardless of your search results setting. For example, they could find your profile by searching for contacts in Gmail.

If you're not sure whether or not your directory is turned on or off, we recommend reaching out to your organization's technical support team.

Ways people can get to your profile, regardless of your settings

Even if your profile page isn't crawled by web search engines, people may still be able to find it. For example:

  • If someone knows your profile's URL or web address, they can use it to go directly to your profile.
  • If you or someone else linked to your profile on another website (like a blog or news site), your name and the link to your profile may show up in search results.
  • Your profile may be suggested to others. For example, when someone you might know is using Google+, we may suggest they add you to their circles.
  • People may be able to use the search features in other Google products (like Google+ search) to find your profile.
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