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Filter or blur explicit results with SafeSearch

In your Google Search results, SafeSearch can help you manage explicit content at work, with children, or for yourself. Explicit results include content like:

  • Nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material
  • Violence and gore

Learn more about Google Search’s content policies.

Important: SafeSearch only works on Google Search results. It won’t affect explicit content you find on other search engines or websites you can go to directly.

Change SafeSearch settings

Go to SafeSearch settings

If you have your own Google Account, you can manage SafeSearch for your personal account or browser.

  1.  On your computer, go to your SafeSearch settings.
  2. Select Filter, Blur, or Off.

Tip: To manage your SafeSearch setting, at the top right of Google Search results, click your profile picture or initial.

Learn how SafeSearch works

On Google Search, SafeSearch can detect explicit content like adult content and graphic violence.

  • To block any detected explicit content, select Filter.
    • This is the default setting when Google’s systems indicate that you may be under 18.
  • To blur explicit images, select Blur. This is the default setting if "Filter" doesn’t apply.
    • This setting helps blur explicit images, but explicit text and links can show if they're relevant for your search.
  • If SafeSearch is "Off," you’ll find relevant results for your search, even if they’re explicit.

If you can’t change your SafeSearch setting, it’s because it’s controlled by your account, device, or network administrator. For example:

  • For child and student accounts, parents and schools can lock SafeSearch in "Filter."
  • Public Wi-Fi networks, like at an airport or library, can also lock SafeSearch in "Filter."
  • Parental controls on your operating system and antivirus software may override your individual SafeSearch setting.

Learn who can change your SafeSearch setting

Manage SafeSearch settings for others

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

The SafeSearch is set to "Filter" by default for children who are signed in to an account managed with Family Link and those who are under 13, or the applicable age in your country or region. For these accounts, only parents can change the SafeSearch setting. Learn how to Manage Search on your child's Google Account.

Lock SafeSearch setting 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 Lock SafeSearch for accounts, devices, and networks you manage.

Fix issues with SafeSearch

If SafeSearch doesn't work, learn how to fix issues with SafeSearch.

Report explicit content

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

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