Block explicit results on Google using SafeSearch

You can filter explicit search results on Google, like pornography, with the SafeSearch setting. SafeSearch isn’t 100% accurate. But it can help you avoid explicit and inappropriate search results on your phone, tablet, or computer.

How SafeSearch works

When SafeSearch is on, it helps block explicit images, videos, and websites from Google Search results. 

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

Turn SafeSearch on or off

Google app
  1. Open the Google app .
  2. At the top left, tap your photo or Settings Settings
  3. Tap Search Settings.
  4. Find the "SafeSearch filters" section.
    • To turn on SafeSearch, tap Filter explicit results.
    • To turn off SafeSearch, tap Show most relevant results.
  5. Tap Save.
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.

 

Troubleshoot problems with SafeSearch

I see inappropriate content when SafeSearch is turned on

We do our best to keep the SafeSearch filter as thorough as possible, but sometimes explicit content, like porn or nudity, makes it through. If you have SafeSearch turned on, but still see inappropriate sites or images, let us know.

Report a site

Report offensive content.

Report an image

If you’re searching on images.google.com and see an image you want to report:

Computer

  1. On the image results page, click the image you want to report.
  2. At the bottom right of your screen, under the related images, click Send feedback.

Phone or tablet

  1. On the image results page, tap the image you want to report.
  2. At the bottom right, tap More More and then Send feedback.
My SafeSearch setting keeps turning on

Your internet service provider (ISP) or network administrator can make SafeSearch stay always on.

If you think your network's SafeSearch setting is overriding your individual setting, contact your ISP or network administrator for more info.

My SafeSearch setting keeps turning off
  • If you allow cookies, SafeSearch should stay the way you set it.
  • If you delete your cookies, your SafeSearch setting could get reset.
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