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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 whether or not 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 that 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

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

Computer
  1. On your computer, open Google+.
  2. Click Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. Scroll to "Profile".
  4. Next to "Help others discover my profile in search results", tick or untick the box.

 Tip: If you're using Google+ for work or school, it will say: "Help people outside my organisation find my profile in search results" next to the box.

iPhone/iPad
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google+ app Google Plus.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. Scroll to "Profile".
  4. Next to "Help others discover my profile in search results", tap the toggle switch.

Using Google+ for work or school?

The person in your organisation 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've chosen, 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 organisation. Important: If the directory (Contact Sharing) is turned on for your organisation, people in your organisation can find your profile easily 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 contacting your organisation’s Technical Support team.

Ways for people to 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 has linked to your profile on another website (like a blog or news site), your name and the link to your profile may be shown in search results.
  • Your profile may be suggested to others. For example, when someone you might know is using Google+, we may suggest that 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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