Block explicit results on Google using SafeSearch

You can filter explicit search results on Google, like pornography, using the SafeSearch setting. SafeSearch isn’t 100% accurate, but it helps you avoid explicit content.  

You can use SafeSearch as a parental control to help protect children from 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 Google .
  2. At the bottom right, tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Accounts & privacy.
  3. Next to "SafeSearch filter," 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.


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 and nudity, makes it through. If you have SafeSearch turned on, but still see inappropriate sites or images, let us know.

Report a site

Use this tool to report offensive content.

Report an image

If you’re searching on and see an image you want to report, follow the steps below.


  1. On the image results page, click the inappropriate image.
  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 Moreand thenSend feedback.
My SafeSearch setting keeps turning off

If you allow cookies, SafeSearch should stay on. If you delete your cookies, your SafeSearch setting may be reset.

Your Internet service provider (ISP) or network administrator can override your SafeSearch setting. If you think the SafeSearch setting you picked isn’t being applied to your search results, contact your ISP or network administrator for more information.

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