Filter explicit results using SafeSearch

Whether you’re using Google Search at work, with children or for yourself, SafeSearch can help you filter sexually explicit content from your results.

How SafeSearch works

When SafeSearch is on, it helps filter out explicit content in Google's search results for all your queries across images, videos, and websites. While SafeSearch isn’t 100% accurate, it’s designed to help block explicit results, like pornography, from your Google search results. Learn more about how to stay safe online at safety.google.

When SafeSearch is off, we'll provide the most relevant results for your search which may include explicit content when you search for it.

SafeSearch can be turned on for:

  • Personal accounts or browsers
  • Children’s supervised devices and accounts using the Family Link app
  • Workplace or school devices and networks

Learn more about Search & your child’s Google Account with the Family Link app and how to filter explicit results on your school, workplace, or home network.

Note: SafeSearch only works on Google’s search results. It won’t prevent users on your network from finding explicit content through other search engines or by navigating directly to explicit sites.

Turn SafeSearch on or off

Google app
  1. Open the Google app Google .
  2. At the bottom right, tap More More and then Settings and then General.
  3. Next to "SafeSearch," turn the switch on or off.
Phone browser
  1. Go to Search Settings.
  2. Find the "SafeSearch filters" section.
    • To turn on SafeSearch, tap Filter explicit results.
    • To turn off SafeSearch, tap Show most relevant results.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, tap Save.
Tablet browser
  1. Go to Search Settings.
  2. Find the "SafeSearch filters" section.
    • To turn on SafeSearch, check the box next to "Filter explicit results."
    • To turn off SafeSearch, uncheck the box next to "Filter explicit results."
  3. At the bottom of the screen, tap Save.
Android TV
  1. From the Android TV home screen, scroll down and select Settings.
  2. Under Preferences, select Search > SafeSearch filter.
  3. Select On or Off.

 

Change your child’s SafeSearch settings in the Family Link app

The SafeSearch setting is on by default for signed-in users under 13 (or applicable age in your country), managed with Family Link. Only parents can turn the SafeSearch setting off. Learn more about Search & your child’s Google Account with the Family Link app.

Lock SafeSearch settings for devices & networks you manage

If you want to guarantee SafeSearch results on another device that you manage, like your PC or Macbook, you can map google domains to forcesafesearch.google.com. Learn how to keep SafeSearch turned on for devices you manage.

Fix issues with SafeSearch

If SafeSearch isn't working, learn how to fix issues with SafeSearch.

Report explicit content

If you have SafeSearch turned on and you find explicit content, you can report the content.

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