Filter your search results

You can filter and customize your search results to find exactly what you want. For example, you can find sites updated within the last 24 hours, or photos of a certain color.

Note: Filtering your search results doesn't change any of your search settings. To change settings like SafeSearch, results per page, languages, or to delete past searches, go to Search settings

Add or remove filters

Computer
  1. On your computer, in a browser like Chrome or Firefox, do a search on Google.
  2. Below the search box:
    • To pick the type of result you want to see, click the type of result, like Images or News.
    • To see extra choices, click More.
    • To see more filters you can use, click Tools.
      Tip: The tools you see will change based on your search and filters. So you won't see all the options every time.
Phone or tablet
  1. On your mobile device, in a mobile browser like Chrome or Safari, do a search on Google.
  2. Below the search box:
    • To pick the type of result you want to see, tap the type of result, like Images or News.
    • To see more filters you can use, tap Search tools.
      Tip: The tools you see will change based on your search and filters. So you won't see all the options every time.
    • To remove filters added through Search tools, tap Clear.

Ways to filter search results

Type of result

At the top or bottom of a search results page, you’ll see ways to filter your results to one content type. For example:

  • To get only pictures as search results, select Images.
  • To get search results that help you find ways to buy the things you searched for, select Shopping.

Search tools

After you decide which type of results you want, you can refine your results with Search tools. These tools can include things like location, color, size, and the date a page was published.

Types of search tools

Some Search tools are available in only some languages, or show only if you're signed in to your Google Account.

Web results

The tools you see will change based on your search and filters. So you won't see all the options every time. Tools can include:

  • Publish date: Limit results by when they were published.
  • Verbatim: Search for exact words or phrases.
  • Dictionary: Find definitions, synonyms, images, and more.
  • Private: If you're signed in to your Google Account, you can see content that was shared with you on Google+ or Gmail.
  • Nearby: See results for your current location.
  • Videos: Filter by length of video, quality, and source (like youtube.com).
  • Recipes: Filter by ingredients, cook time, and calories.
  • Applications: Choose the price and operating system (or OS) for available apps.
  • Patents: Select a patent's filing or publishing date, the patent office it was filed in, filing status, and type. You can also do a patent search directly at patents.google.com
Images results
  • Size: Pick from large, medium, or icon, or set exact dimensions.
  • Color: Find images of a certain color, black and white, or transparent.
  • Type: See only images that are faces, photos, clip art, line drawings, or animated GIFs.
  • Time: Find a photo that was recently published, or published on a certain date.
  • Usage rights: See photos that you can reuse or modify. Learn how to find content to reuse.
Place results

Depending on the type of place you searched, you could see some of these filters:

  • Your past visits: Narrow results to places you have or haven't visited.
  • Rating: Filter by the rating given by other people who use Google.
  • Cuisine: See results based on the type of food served.
  • Price: Filter by how much a restaurant or other place costs.
  • Hours: Limit results based on when the place is open.

Add or remove places you've visited

To get better search results, you can tell Google whether you have or haven't been to a place.

  • On your phone: Under "Overview," tap You visited here __ days/weeks/years ago.
  • On your computer: Next to "Your past visits," tap Edit and then Yes or No.

Note: To filter by places you've visited, turn on Location History on your Android device or iPhone or iPad, and turn on Web and App Activity.

Search operators

Another way to filter results is by using search operators. These are words or symbols that help narrow down your results.

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